The “Sandra” episode of Hoarders was an exceptional example of the A&E show at its absolute best. And it broke both Dr. Zasio and Matt Paxton.
Hoarders airs its season, maybe series, finale on Sunday, with what will be Matt Paxton’s final episode. Why it’s “the most difficult hoard I’ve ever seen.”
Hoarders season nine is currently casting and filming. This may be the last season for the show that helps people with hoarding disorder who are in crisis.
Hoarders season finale—which could be the last episode for this on-the-bubble show— included Matt Paxton summarizing just what this show accomplishes.
Hoarders is now back on A&E, helping hoarders and their families deal with crises, and setting up families with aftercare to help treat the person affected by hoarding disorder. There are other shows, but Hoarders does it right: They not only send an organizer and a clean-up crew, but also a mental health professional, and provide funding for therapy and help after the cameras leave.
While I am a fan of both the television show and its work, I’m not the show’s production company, Screaming Flea Productions. Alas, I often receive e-mail from people telling me their story and asking for help, as they confuse me with the show.
Here’s how to apply.
Hoarders returned with a new season Sunday, and it was back on its original network, A&E. For season eight, the reality show also discarded some unnecessary junk: its short-lived subtitle, “Family Secrets,” which the show had during its 10-episode run on Lifetime last year.
Here’s a brief rundown of the show’s history.
On Hoarders, organizer Dorothy Breininger often pushes a person in crisis to make tough decisions about things that are destroying their lives. But she also sees herself as the protector and defender of that stuff: she cares about the trash that everyone else wants to throw away. Why? Isn’t that the exact opposite of what… continue reading
Hoarders has often been accused of sensationalizing and/or exploiting its subjects and their mental illness. I think the opposite is true, and I’ve long championed it and defended it, writing about it extensively, because it was strong reality television and an important series. In the six seasons that aired on A&E before it was cancelled,… continue reading
The return of Hoarders was confirmed by A+E Networks, and the series will officially switch networks to Lifetime and get a new subtitle along with live elements. This resurrection, which I first reported news of in early March, is yet another reality show being brought back from cancellation, including A&E’s reboot of Intervention. Hoarders returns May… continue reading
Will Hoarders return? The answer is now yes: New episodes of Hoarders are in production, meaning the show is coming back from cancellation. A&E cancelled Hoarders in 2013, but last summer, brought it back for a follow-up special and added updates to several episodes. That was because repeats on A+E network Lifetime performed well in the ratings. At the time of the special, executive… continue reading
Despite being cancelled by A&E last fall, Hoarders returns tonight with a special one-hour episode on Lifetime, in addition to some other new content. I talked to executive producer George Butts from Screaming Flea Productions to get details about the new episode and the possibility of more Hoarders. What new Hoarders content is airing on… continue reading
A man who previously appeared on Hoarders is looking for a home for his hoard, which is not what you’d expect (i.e. feces, dead things, or trash). Instead, it’s culturally, nostalgically, and potentially even monetarily valuable things: antique arcade games plus Walt Disney World and other theme park artifacts. Randy Senna appeared on Inside Edition… continue reading
Hoarders was cancelled by A&E last fall, but may return with at least one episode that will follow up on five previously featured stories. It’s currently being filmed. One of the show’s organizers/cleaninign, Cory Chalmers, wrote on Facebook that an “update show” with an “unknown air date … is being filmed currently.” He adds that… continue reading
A&E has officially cancelled Hoarders, the series that brought national attention to a previously hidden mental disorder. The show’s end has been clear since earlier this year, but A&E’s silence gave hope. Alas, while A&E gave Intervention an official send-off, it did not do that with Hoarders. Instead, a publicist quietly confirmed its cancellation late… continue reading
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… continue reading