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|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||71 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Dave Severson
|Running time||45–48 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Screaming Flea Productions|
|Distributor||A&E Television Networks|
|Original channel||A&E Network|
|Picture format||NTSC (480i)
|Original run||August 17, 2009– present|
Hoarders is an American documentary series that airs on A&E. The series depicts the real-life struggles and treatment of people who suffer from compulsive hoarding. The first episode aired August 17, 2009, and has since aired six full seasons. The sixth season debuted September 10, 2012.
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 a professional organizer working with Missy, while a child psychologist 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. Screaming Flea Productions films most of the segments are filmed in the United States of America, but in the third season it filmed a couple of Canadian segments (in Edmonton and Toronto).
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.
Hoarders debuted as 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. The premiere was watched by 2.5 million viewers (1.8 million adults aged 18–49).
DVD releases 
The seven episodes from the first season were released on May 25, 2010 as a 2-DVD set entitled Hoarders: The Complete Season One. The total runtime is 329 minutes, not including bonus features.
The first seven episodes from the second season were released on December 7, 2010 as a 2-DVD set Hoarders Season Two: Part One. The run time is 329 minutes.
See also 
- "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."