Oprah is opening the vault of The Oprah Winfrey Show with 25 years of hand-picked legendary interviews, a-ha moments, ugly cries and unforgettable surprises. A lot has changed since she ended the show, but many of our personal struggles have stayed the same. We’re all still looking to connect, to be seen and to know that we’re not alone. We’re also looking for some joy, some laughs and some much-needed inspiration. As we head into this new decade, what better time to look back and reflect, to take stock of how we’ve grown and to be reminded that we’re all in this together. The Oprah Winfrey Show aired from September 8th, 1986 to May 25, 2011 with 4,561 episodes. The show remains the highest-rated daytime talk show in American television history, averaging between 10 to 20 million viewers a day.
How to Save Your Marriage, Day 2
From February 28, 1989: Eight married couples go through the second of two days of marriage counseling to save their marriages. Dr. Harville Hendrix—therapist, speaker and author of the New York Times best-selling book Getting the Love You Want—walks the couples through marital exercises and gives tips on how to minimize arguments within the relationship.
How to Save Your Marriage, Day 1
From February 27, 1989: Eight married couples kick off two days of marriage counseling to save their marriages. Dr. Harville Hendrix—therapist, speaker and author of the New York Times best-selling book Getting the Love You Want—walks the couples through exercises that help resolve childhood wounds that are affecting their marriages.
Do One Thing Differently
From October 15, 1999: Oprah talks to people about the one thing they would change in order to make their lives better. Psychotherapist, speaker and author of Do One Thing Different, Bill O'Hanlon, shares how doing just one thing differently can move you in the right direction. He gives steps to making change, including transition rituals and what he describes as the “Mr. Rogers technique.”
Messages from Dying Mothers
From April 20, 1998: Oprah talks to mothers who are making preparations for family after their deaths. New Zealand mother Tobi Mills opens up about placing a newspaper ad seeking a new family for her 10-year-old twins as she undergoes treatment for liver cancer. Erin Kramp shares motherly advice in videos to her daughter and husband while fighting breast cancer. Rose and Al Malavolti adopted eight children from a mother who was suffering from a terminal illness. (Erin Kramp passed away on October 31, 1998; her daughter was 6 years old. Tobi Mills also passed away in 1998.)
Faces of Autism
From April 5, 2007: Oprah talks to parents and siblings of children on the autism spectrum about how this condition affects their lives. Dr. Anshu Batra, a developmental-behavioral pediatric specialist, discusses the three behavioral deficits that define autism, possible causes and early warning signs. Dr. Batra also opens up about the symptoms of her own autistic children and shares coping strategies parents can put in place.
Do You Believe?
From February 15, 2007: Television personality, author and psychic medium John Edward discusses his ability to speak to the dead. He describes how the process works, performs readings for families seeking to connect with deceased loved ones and provides tips on how the average person can be receptive to hearing from the other side. Allison DuBois, psychic, medium and author of the New York Times best-seller We Are Their Heaven: Why the Dead Never Leave Us, shares her experience working with law enforcement, which inspired the show Medium.