34 episodes

From psychopathic serial killers to CIA operatives with bipolar disorder, depictions of mental health are pretty much everywhere in entertainment. But what’s exaggerated for the screen? And what can these portrayals tell us about actual psychological diagnoses and modern, evidence-based treatments? Hosted by two practicing clinical psychology PhDs, Freudian Scripts explores the real world of psychology today, destigmatizing mental health, through the lens of your favorite TV shows and movies.

Freudian Scripts Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 27 Ratings

From psychopathic serial killers to CIA operatives with bipolar disorder, depictions of mental health are pretty much everywhere in entertainment. But what’s exaggerated for the screen? And what can these portrayals tell us about actual psychological diagnoses and modern, evidence-based treatments? Hosted by two practicing clinical psychology PhDs, Freudian Scripts explores the real world of psychology today, destigmatizing mental health, through the lens of your favorite TV shows and movies.

    Second Opinion on Holiday Family Drama

    Second Opinion on Holiday Family Drama

    This week Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran introduce a new holiday-themed Second Opinion. We surprise each other with clips related to holiday family conflict, while reacting and sharing our thoughts on the spot. This Second Opinion features scenes from Instant Family and Four Christmases.

    • 28 min
    In Session with “50/50”

    In Session with “50/50”

    We promise it's completely normal to feel excitement about the release of a new session. This week, Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran discuss health psychology and critique the therapy portrayal of a psychologist-in-training.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    In Session with “The Sixth Sense”

    In Session with “The Sixth Sense”

    Excerpt: Dr. Sam & Dr. Fran are ready to tell you their secret. Join them as they break down one of the spookiest & most twisted tales in cinematic history.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    In Mini-Session with the Psychology of Horror

    In Mini-Session with the Psychology of Horror

    This week Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran present a Reel Rounds mini-session focused on the psychology behind scary movies. We discuss what horror films are as well as why we like them and who may find them the most enjoyable.

    • 32 min
    In Mini-Session with Fake Therapists

    In Mini-Session with Fake Therapists

    This week Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran present a Reel Rounds mini-session focused on the portrayal of fake therapists in movies. We share and critique clips of fake therapy in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Central Intelligence.

    • 32 min
    In Session with “In Treatment: Eladio” (S4E1)

    In Session with “In Treatment: Eladio” (S4E1)

    Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran are back this week with a full session covering a detailed therapy portrayal on a popular HBO show.

    • 1 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Graham + Carolyn ,

Witty, Insightful and fun!

We just listened to the ‘Mean Girls’ episode and enjoyed the deeper dive past some of the light comedy moments into real life problems that young adults go through every day - to include bullying, body issues and making friends in new places. Dr. Fran and Dr. Sam are easy to listen to and have a great repoire. All in all super enjoyable and will continue to listen!

aetease ,

Informative and fun

This podcast addresses important themes of mental health representation and de-stigmatization in the media through in-depth analyses in a clear and expert manner. All the while, Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran come across as so relatable, and the subject matter (movies and TV shows) is fun to hear about!

mptemp ,

Real conversations about real issues 👏🏽

Finally a podcast that dives deeper into the psychology of movies and television while also making you feel like you’re chatting with your girlfriends about key mental issues highlighted on screens. 10/10 recommend.

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