The best Hoarders parodies

Hoarders is off the air–possibly forever–but its legacy lives on in many, many parodies that have been created over the three and a half years since it debuted.

Most fail to capture the essence of the series, or even to demonstrate that its creators paid attention when watching (the therapist never appears on camera before the hoarder, sheesh). And I’ve also not seen a parody that tries to parody the actual recurring cast of the A&E series, perhaps because that’d require strong impersonators to pull off. But three parodies stand out as perfectly capturing the core of the series while also being hilarious.

Yahoo’s new parody really hits the show’s editing, look, and feel, and even the writing in its interstitial title cards. That does a lot for making this very convincing as an actual episode of Hoarders, but I mostly appreciate this version for bringing to light another serious condition that we need to pay more attention to so those who suffer from it can get the help they desperately need.

Next is College Humor, which didn’t parody the A&E show as much as it parodied Skyrim, so it’s mostly funny if you know the game. But this version gets points for setting the show in an alternate universe, and for its particularly awesome call-out to a familiar sight from Hoarders:

Finally, here’s Funny or Die’s 2011 entry, which is the classic Hoarders parody. It used other reality stars in addition to a pretty great cameo. It also does the best job of hitting the beats of the actual clean-up process, especially of the hoards that involve infestations.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.