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Each 60-minute episode of Hoarders is a fascinating look inside the lives of two people whose inability to part with their belongings is so out of control that they are on the verge of a personal crisis. Whether they’re facing eviction, the loss of their children, jail time, or divorce, these compulsive hoarders are desperately in need of help. In fly-on-the-wall style, AE is there to document the drama as experts work to put each on the road to recovery. But cleaning is just the first step, and healing is not guaranteed. For some, throwing away even the tiniest possession – a sponge, a button, an empty box – is so painful that they won’t be able to complete the cleaning process...no matter the consequences. For others, professional help and an organizer’s guidance give them the strength to recover. At the end of each episode find out who has been able to keep their hoarding behavior at bay and who, despite help, is still lost inside this painful disease.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoJennifer & Ron / Jill||Jennifer is a young stay at home mom. Both she and her husband Ron, suffer from hoarding and their three kids are growing up with piles of junk, food, and clothing everywhere. They have been cited by the city on numerous occasions. Jennifer lives every day in fear of child protective services coming and taking her kids away and must now try to get the house in order before it's too late. Jill's home is a nightmare. Food in various stages of decay is stuffed among her two freezers and four refrigerators--one of which is held shut by duct tape and a box of dented canned goods. She recently lost her job and knows that if her landlord were to pay a visit she would get evicted immediately.||44:37||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoLinda / Steven||Linda's compulsive shopping not only depleted her family's finances but filled every room in their home with piles of bags and boxes. Her husband left her three years ago when he could no longer cope with her hoarding. They are now in the final stages of divorce and Linda must clean out and sell the family home as part of the settlement. Tensions run high as she struggles to let go of her things. Steven is at risk of eviction from his government subsidized housing. His apartment is filled with garbage, human feces, bottles and cans. It's so unpleasant that even he spends his days elsewhere. Steven must clean up or be evicted from his home and end up back on the streets.||44:45||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoTara / Betty||Tara has been reported to her landlord and needs to clean out now or she'll be homeless. She's an obsessive collector, favoring things like McDonald's Happy Meal toys, nativity scenes, snow globes and hundreds of teddy bears. Now Tara must finally get control of her hoarding and part with most of the clutter in her home or face eviction. When fire crews responded to a small fire at Betty's house they discovered her sick husband living in filth. Adult Protective Services removed him from the home because of his medical condition. For the last two months he and Betty have been staying in a hotel--but funds are quickly running out. If Betty doesn't clean up her home and her yard, he may never be able to live in the home again.||44:40||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoJake / Shirley||While most 21 olds see a world of possibility in front of them, Jake wakes up every morning despondent at the state of his life--a prisoner to his hoarding and OCD. Jake compulsively hoards garbage. Snack wrappers, empty bottles, and rotting food are strewn in every room of the two bedroom town home he shares with his alcoholic father. Jake fears that if things don't change soon he may take his own life. Shirley has always been the kind of person who could never turn away a stray cat. But eventually she lost track of just how many cats she had. When her situation caught the attention of the local authorities, they discovered that every room of her home is cluttered and cat feces and urine soak the carpets and furniture. Now Shirley must cooperate and allow authorities to remove over 80 living and dead cats from her home or face criminal prosecution for animal cruelty.||44:38||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoKerrylea / Lauren||Kerrylea and her husband Geoffrey are facing imminent foreclosure on two houses. After her hoarding filled the first home she convinced her husband that the only way to solve her lifelong problem was to buy an additional home, move just what they needed, and sell the original home. But with neither home sold, Kerrylea is now forced to part with her lifetime of clutter or risk losing everything. Lauren is a 27-year-old hoarder whose relationship with her boyfriend, Will, has hit rock bottom. Her hoarding has taken over their entire town home and Will has been forced to sleep a mattress in the living room. If Lauren can't begin to deal with her hoarding and clean up her life, her relationship will be over.||44:42||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoPatty / Bill||Patty and David appear to be living the American dream. But their secret hides behind the manicured yard of their new home. Patty's hoarding has taken over the entire house and their children were removed by authorities. Now, if the family is to have any hope of ever getting their children back, Patty must overcome her compulsive shopping and hoarding and clean out her entire home. For 25 years Lorelei coped with her partner Bill's hoarding. But last year she tripped on a pile of his things, fell down the stairs and broke her arm. Bill didn't seem to care. His clutter has not only taken over the home, but 4 rental properties the couple bought as investments--all of which are filled with junk and uninhabitable. She has given Bill an ultimatum, clean up or move out.||44:38||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoPaul / Missy & Alex||Paul was charged with criminal littering in 2008 and has failed to meet three court ordered deadlines to clean his yard. His 2 acre property is strewn with over twenty junk cars, thousands of pounds of scrap metal, and hundreds of old appliances. In January, a judge sentenced him to 5 days in jail and gave him until April 26th to clean his property, or face a fine and additional jail time. Just days before the deadline Paul must make a decision; allow the tow trucks and metal collectors to descend on his property and clear out his collection, or go to jail. Missy is a hoarder with a 7 year old son, Alex, who has begun to exhibit hoarding tendencies. On several occasions when she has tried to clean, her son has cried hysterically over things like a rusty chain and an old used cotton ball. Unless she can set an example, Alex will continue to follow her behavior and may never have a shot at a normal life. Now Missy must clean up her house in order to save her son.||44:40||$1.99||View In iTunes|
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Compulsive shopping & hoarding are two addictions that go hand in hand. A&E has shed a light on these crippling behaviors in their new show "Hoarders". Each 60 minute show examines the destructivess that hoarding has done to a person/family and the intervention that is so desperately needed. Unlike the show "Clean House", there are no yard sales, or humor. "Hoarders" tackles these addictions with professional organizers & psychologists who try their best to offer some type of help/healing to the hoarders/compulsive shoppers. Sometimes the addiction is so overwhelming, there are no positive outcomes. This show is a must see into the world of this oft-neglected mental illness.
One episode and I'm already addicted!
Plus, I am motivated to clean my house and de-clutter like never before. My place is practically sparkling
Pretty good as far as Reality TV goes.
I wish that all the reviews on here weren't written by the A&E marketing department because this actually is a very interesting show that doesn't favor the many reality show clichés we're used to. Though it has slick A&E production values, the show has an indie doc aesthetic to it as well. However, It does tend to favor the melodramatic. Worth your time.
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- Genre: Reality TV
- Released: Aug 17, 2009
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