After six seasons and 82 episodes, A&E is putting "Hoarders" out on the curb.
A spokesperson for the network confirmed to TODAY that the docuseries has been canceled. While the news is no doubt disappointing to fans who've followed the show that was at times equal parts revolting and inspiring — as well as heartbreaking and uplifting — it may not come as a shock to them.
I'm not surprised it got cancelled. It's very repetitive. It usually goes like this:
Relatives or friends find out their friend/relative is living in filth. Or maybe they've known for years. Anyway, friend/relative is in danger of losing his/her home. A cleanup crew is brought in, and some kind of mental health professional. The hoarder is resistant and unwilling to get rid of much; the crew and family/friends get frustrated. Screaming and arguing ensues. Youi can easily picture the producers of the show telling the participants "we need some confrontation here; start and argument or something and start yelling" because a lot of the arguments seem incredibly fake and contrived and the "anger" of the participants is obviously very bad acting. But eventually the hoarder acquiesces, the house is cleaned up, the family members make amends, the hoarder gets to stay there and all is relatively well, for the time being.
The animal hoarders made me sick. Those fuckers should have been arrested for animal cruelty.
As a whole, I didn't have much sympathy for any of the pathetic hoarders. They all seemed like very selfish, nasty people. Of course, they're mentally ill, but that doesn't excuse their appalling behavior, which caused pain and suffering to any poor animals they had or any relatives who had to live with them.
But they'll air that Republican DUCK DYNASTY shit 14 hours a day.
I'll miss the show. Getting a glimpse into the sordid lives of these troubled people was always better for the self-esteem than any therapy session. The Clutter Cleaners guy Matt Paxton is kind of sexy, too (he'd have to take a decontamination shower before we fucked, though).
What will happen to Dr. Robin Zasio's concerned facial expressions?
R1, you missed the part where the cameras go away, and the mentally ill hoarder starts hoarding again. Because you can't do anything about serious mental illness in one fucking week of shooting.
Matt Paxton, Dr. Zasio and the super humpy Corey Chalmers are shopping around a new version to other networks.
I miss A%E's Obsessed show, too. It spawned Hoaders. Remember the guy who would freak out over El Caminos or the girl who would scrub out her pussy and asshole with a toothbrush to "get clean"?
Damn! I was intentionally saving things just to get on TV. Now I'll have to marry a real housewife.
Noooooooo!! I hoard television show episodes featuring Dr. Zasio! What am I going to do??
Who will we have as role models now?
[quote]Noooooooo!! I hoard television show episodes featuring Dr. Zasio! What am I going to do??
You'll have to binge watch them.
A&E has now apparently hitched its star on the Duck Dynasty dudes.
They run hours of old episodes back to back several days a week.
I can only remember one episode that didn't end particularly happily. It was about a woman, very attractive in her youth, who had inherited a fortune from her parents. She could have lived on it for the rest of her life. But due to her squandering the money on junk, she was on the verge of eviction.
She didn't have any family, but she had some concerned friends. One of them was Ron Jeremy! Seems she ran in show business circles when she was younger. She looked very theatrical, with black hair and heavy makeup. I think she used to be a model or something. Anyway, she was very mentally disturbed. She thought her tons of stuff had thoughts and feelings; she'd think a particular scarf would want to be worn that day, or some crazy shit like that.
She had an old hot tub that she was willing to part with so that people could use it for "physical therapy" but it was in such bad shape that it had to be pitched. She had some kind of breakdown because of that, started weeping and carrying on because her old hot tub wouldn't be able to help anyone with their "ohysical therapy."
She kept referring to "my things." She couldn't do without "my things", she could never give up "my things." It was pathetic.
At the end of the show nothing got accomplished. I think the coda at the end said that she was evicted from her place and was living some kind of shelter or assisted living situation. And she was still hoarding. I felt bad for her. But her state of affairs was entirely, completely her own fault.
I'm so fucking glad that the number of items I keep in my DL Thread Watcher doesn't qualify me for hoarders.
No one wants their stuff .. so they can go ahead a die w/o worrying about that.
I think I stopped watching after the episode with the broken toilet that had a 4 ft pile of black, dried shit coming out of it because the crazy bitch kept defecating there...put me off food for days.
Never watched it until two weeks ago, when it became available on Amazon Prime for free.
Agree that it is totally repetitive and none of the 'stories' ended up being all that different. Hoarding illness started after a life changing event (divorce, death of loved one, a house fire, etc)
Most annoying to me was how often in one episode they really thought they needed to 'flash' onscreen .... "Olivia is faced with possibly losing custody of her children because of the condition of her house. She has agreed to work with a counselor and a professional cleaning specialist ..."
Hello ?? What the fuck, I've been watching the episode for twenty minutes ... you've repeated that four times already ....
I couldn't even watch six full episodes of the show, but agree with another poster that I felt so much better about myself ! "Hey, I don't have 8000 lbs of garbage to be removed from my house !"
There's still that other show, "Hoarding: Buried Alive," or are those all reruns?
*Lighting a candle for Hannah the Chicken Lady.*
The only reason why I ever watch it is to motivate myself to clean my house.
Seriously, after 2 episodes I'm attacking the toilet with a toothbrush.
A&E: the official network of bottom of the barrel white trash reality TV. They make TLC seem like Masterpiece Theatre. I'm sure they have something even more of the low common denominator lined up as a substitute.
Watching this show did two things for me. One was to motivate me to do more cleaning and purging of stuff in my apartment. The other was to make me feel good about myself. Watching those disgusting people will really do that. Seeing these freaks living in houses where the feces and cockroaches on the floor are several inches deep will certainly shore up your self-esteem.
Similar to R20 and R22 after watching an episode I would go through my closets and start throwing things out or take them to Goodwill. I stopped watching when I started throwing out things I actually needed.
I was always amazed by the people who suffered a traumatic event - usually the death of a parent or child or spouse- who let time stop and just stopped living altogether. The hoarding was just a side effect.
I saw Dr. Zasio at the airport a couple of weeks ago. She looks better in person.
For reality tv, the show has some of the most genuinely kind people out there. I will miss it.
Wasn't Dr. Zasio the orangutan from "Planet of the Apes"?
I love the episode titles that Hoarding: Buried Alive uses.
"Waste Not, Want Not"
"This Is Garbage Land"
"Just Tear It Down"
"Hoo, This Reeks!"
"Holding Mom Hostage"
"This House Killed Her"
"What a Pig"
"One Is Good. Two Is Better"
"I Was Gonna Gag"
"Is That a Goat?"
"Owned by the Roaches"
"A Bomb Went Off"
"Nowhere Near Normal"
"It's a Freaking War Zone"
That Hoarding: Buried Alive show with the roaches was scarier than any horror film I've ever seen.
I got kind of sick of Hoarders but will miss Intervention.
I wonder if another network will pick up Hoarders. It was still getting good ratings.
I've been a fan from the start, but this is no biggie to me. I've been collecting my favorite episodes in HD for years, I can just watch my downloads if I have a hankering for it. And eventually A&E will start production of it again, or some other network. There's always the rip-off show Hoarding: Buried Alive, which I never liked as much, but occasionally it's ok. Anyway, point is the genie's out of the bottle and there's always going to be a show about hoarders from now on.
I think I might know the one you mean r30, the episode is called "little monsters", it's the only "Buried Alive" episode I've saved. It's the classic stereotype of a lazy fat-ass who claims to have Fibromyalgia. She just sat in her lazy boy all day sucking down big gulps of Pepsi. There's a giant pile of Pepsi boxes and cans to either side of her chair, reaching the ceiling. And the roaches are completely out of control. Yep, that's the best Buried Alive episode I've seen, not that I ever watched it faithfully (like I did Hoarders.)
Yes, that was the episode! I believe she was also diabetic and had dirty hypodermic needles scattered all over the place, and made her kids wait on her hand and foot! I wish I was on DL when that episode aired!
I recall an episode where a woman's septic tank was backed up, so she took to defecating in buckets. Sometimes she would take the buckets outside to empty them, sometimes she would just leave them around the house. Heinous.
There were a few hoarders who were shitting in the house, and living in their own waste. Those, obviously, were the worst. I remember one woman whose plumbing had stopped working years earlier so she wore adult diapers and when the diapers were soiled she just threw them around the house. There were piles of shitty Depends everywhere, and her house was so full of other stuff she slept in a toilet chair at night. If that had happened in a movie or tv show I would have thought "that is way too far-fetched. Nobody in real life could ever do that, no matter how mentally ill." Wrong! It really happened.
I surprised there haven't been more parodies, the subject is ripe for them. I'd like to see a show done in an alternate hoarders universe where everyone is a hoarder, something like that.
Sherry was roach girl
R13 That one was on Hoarding: Buried Alive. I don't know why I know this but I think her name was Louise. Louise was all kinds of other crazy besides just being a hoarder, and I'm not sure she wasn't a little bit "special". You're right, Ron Jeremy was the friend that came over to see inside her place for the first time and he really only expressed concern for her, but she took it as him attacking her and basically threw him out. I'll say this, no he is not an attractive man and he's kinda corny and kinda a clown, but Ron seems to be a goodhearted person. It was beyond ridiculous when Louise tried to pull her treehuggerry environmentalist/conservationist bullshit over that ratty old hot tub when her whole place was an environmental disaster. What infuriated me about her episode is that, at least as I remember it, it said at the end that like two months later she had not done anything and was being evicted. That tells me all she did was take the aftercare funds and pay as much rent as she could with it. She is simply not fit to take care of herself. Back in the old days, if she'd gotten hitched young, she may have done OK as someone's pretty, but neurotic wife; but he would have had to be mindful to keep her "crazy" in check. If not for that, though, she probably would have been institutionalized, particularly since she had no remaining family to be responsible for her well-being.
Incidentally, what is with all the DL love going to Dr Zasio? I guess maybe it was something established in threads back when the show was running. I always liked Dr. Chabaud. She seems so nice with her soothing voice and all, but you just know that just below the surface she's ready to rip those crazy fucks a new one. I like Dr. Green, too. It's interesting that she's the only psychiatrist of the bunch, considering how many of the people on the show are medically compromised. She's generally pretty patient, but I always wanted her to snap a neck roll & "GURL PLEASE!" these nasty ass folks.
Oh yeah, and I kinda wanna make chubby Matt squeal like a pig.
What boggles my mind about some of these shows is how some of these people's house get so incredibly nasty. I seriously can't imagine it. It looks as if it would would have taken an massive amount of work to get them in their decrepit state.
I've slipped and gone a few weeks without scrubbing my bathtub and had a grungy bathtub ring form, but on some of these episodes, they'll show the bathtub and it looks like they've slathered it with grease and mud.
Dr. Chabaud would be the one I'd want to help me if I ever became a hoarder. I loved Gerilyn and Dorothy too. I don't know how they stay so upbeat and perky after wading through houses full of trash, feces and cat pancakes.
As someone with severe depression who has nearly been evicted from my apartment over how dirty it was (more than once), I'll tell you guys how it happens:
Little by little.
It's just a slow creep of messiness that is so slight and insidious that you don't even realise it's happening.
I actually still have to deal with this. Just last month, I was sidelined with a horrible flu. I went through literally 3 boxes of kleenex in about a week's time. There was so much snotty kleenex that my living room's garbage can overflowed, and so the snot-rags began ending up on the floor.
Then, because there's a mess there anyway, I left a coupla empty pop bottles on the floor. And a few takeout containers. And some dirty dishes.
But all this happened without me even consciously noticing it!
When I finally *looked* at the mess my living room had once again become, I was like "OMG how the fuck did this suddenly happen?"
Obviously, mental illness underlies any sort of hoarding or filth situation. But it's not like these people just decide to turn their home into a pigsty. They just keep getting too much stuff, and/or not cleaning up the stuff they already have, and next thing you know, it's a huge mess.
I always thought the animal hoarders were the worst. It's one thing to want be ok about living in filth; it's another to make innocent creatures suffer and die because of your fuckery.
I've seen several episodes where the house is filled with dozens of disease-ridden cats; feces and cat hair cover everything. The animals are sick and dying. There are dead cat and kitten carcasses stashed all around the house. One disgusting woman had cat corpses in the fridge. When the body of one of them was taken out she started sobbing and wailing "Perrrrrcy!" As far as I know, none of these animal abusers ever got arrested. They should have been. What they were doing was out and out animal cruelty. I HATE animal abuse.
It was a freak show. Good riddance.
R45 I think I remember a couple where the bit at the end stated that they still (at that time) faced legal consequences regarding the situation the animals had been in. I think in these cases their mental state is taken into account, as well as the fact that there was no malicious intent. Bear in mind, too, that laws regarding animal neglect and cruelty vary tremendously from one jurisdiction to another. I'm certainly not trying to defend these folks, but actual jail time in these cases seems to be very rare and generally applied when the abuse is repeated, malicious, and for profit (for example, dog fighting).