Parents' Guide to

Collection Intervention

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Obsessed collectors trim their stuff; rare tears, curses.

TV Syfy Reality TV 2012
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The series shows the fine line between serious collectors and people who have become so obsessed with collecting that it is leading to hoarding, financial hardship, and the deterioration of relationships with friends and family. It also offers information about the kinds of things serious collectors should be doing when working on their hobby, like staying focused, correctly storing items, and thinking about ways to get the best return on their investments if they choose to sell them later.

While some folks share a few of the reasons why they are attached to their collections, the overall series doesn't really address the underlying issues that are motivating their obsessive tendencies in any sort of depth. As a result, the voyeuristic moments in which folks angrily or tearfully struggle with paring down their collections through selling, auctioning, and donating items are sometimes hard to understand. But in the end, Collection Intervention successfully offers some practical insight into how to be a responsible collector.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: August 14, 2012
  • Cast: Elyse Luray
  • Network: Syfy
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: October 14, 2022

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