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This article is about a television series. For the behavior pattern, see compulsive hoarding.
Hoarders titlecard.jpg
Genre Documentary
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 84 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Dave Severson
  • David McKillop
  • Elaine Frontain Bryant
  • George Butts
  • Jessica Morgan
  • Matt Chan
  • Mike Kelly
Camera setup Multiple
Running time 42 to 48 minutes
Production company(s) Screaming Flea Productions
Distributor A+E Networks
Original channel A&E, Lifetime
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run August 17, 2009 (2009-08-17) – Present (Present)
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Hoarders was a US documentary series on A&E, which depicted the real-life struggles and treatment of people who suffer from compulsive hoarding.[1] The series premiered on August 17, 2009, and concluded on February 4, 2013, after six seasons. It was announced on September 25, 2013, that Hoarders has been canceled.[2]

The channel Lifetime recently bought the show, and began to air a series of weekly "Where Are They Now?" episodes on June 2, 2014. If the show's ratings are high, the show will be renewed for a seventh season.[3]


Each 60-minute episode profiles one or two interventions. During most of the first season, the hoarder worked with either a psychiatrist/psychologist, a professional organizer, or an "extreme cleaning specialist"; each of whom specialized in some aspect involving the treatment of obsessive/compulsive disorders, anxiety disorders, and/or hoarding. A crew of professional cleaners (usually a local franchise of the series' major corporate sponsor) performed actual cleanups. Two episodes in the first season featured a cleanup with both a psychologist and an organizer: Jill (episode "Jennifer and Ron/Jill") and Patty (episode "Patty/Bill"). The final episode of the first season, "Paul; Missy and Alex", featured professional organizer, Geralin Thomas, CPO-CD working with Missy, while a child psychologist, Dr. David Dia, worked with Missy's seven-year-old son Alex. Beginning in the second season, each hoarder had a psychologist-plus-organizer/cleaning-specialist team assisting them in their clean-out. The psychologist-plus-organizer/cleaning-specialist combination leads a group of cleaning professionals, family, friends, and relatives of the hoarder in conducting a two to three-day decluttering session. The cleanups aim both to teach the hoarding person new ways of thinking and patterns of behavior, and to make the home a livable and usable space. In most instances a crisis — such as the threat of eviction or the removal of minor children from the home — prompts the intervention.

At the end of each episode, on-screen text indicates the short-term outcome of the cleanup effort, including the subjects' decisions on whether to seek further assistance from organizers or therapists. The show provides six months of aftercare funds to pay these professionals and, occasionally, to carry out vital repairs to the home.[4]

Each of the "Where Are They Now?" episodes on Lifetime revisits two or more hoarders, presenting clips from their original appearances followed by newer footage that details the progress they have made since being featured on the show.


At the time of its premiere, Hoarders was the most-watched series premiere in A&E network history among adults aged 18–49 and tied for the most ever in the adults aged 25–54 demographic.[5] The premiere was watched by 2.5 million viewers - 1.8 million adults aged 18–49.[5]

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  1. ^ "A&E Premieres New Original Nonfiction Series "Hoarders"". The Futon Critic. August 11, 2009. 
  2. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (September 25, 2013). "'Hoarders' Canceled by A&E after Six Seasons". TV by the Numbers. 
  3. ^ "Hoarders Update on Lifetime Could Revive Show". May 31, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Aftercare — Home cleaning". A&E Community. Retrieved 27 February 2012. "This is Cory Chalmers from Hoarders and as part of my business, we offer regularly scheduled cleaning for every hoarding case we help with." 
  5. ^ a b Seidman, Robert (August 18, 2009). "Hoarders has best premiere ever for A&E with adults 18-49". TV by the Numbers (Press release). 

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