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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Docu about compulsion is more sensational than educational.

TV A&E Reality TV 2009
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age 9+

Based on 1 parent review

age 9+

Sensationalism & Extreme Situations But Inspires Housecleaning!

I agree that the angle taken on the hoarders that are profiled in this series is more sensational than informative. My son and I watch this and at least it does inspire him to clean his room every time! We have discussions on the importance of organization and cleanliness, which is very important to me. Of course, the situations in this show are extreme, but at least it gives my son a visual of what can happen if you don't keep up with the housework!

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While not as intense as similar series like Intervention and Obsessed, the series underscores the seriousness of this disorder and the different degrees to which people can suffer from it. It also sheds light on some of the reasons that people don't get help, which range from feeling humiliated about their inability to control their symptoms to being in complete denial about their problem.

While the show highlights how difficult it is to live with compulsive hoarding disorder, it fails to offer any in-depth information about what can potentially cause it -- or the various ways that people can be treated after an initial intervention. Meanwhile, the show's images of extremely filthy, vermin-filled homes can take on a sensationalist quality. But in the end, the series succeeds in informing the public about how widespread this disorder is in America -- and detailing the heartbreak that can result from it.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: August 17, 2009
  • Network: A&E
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 11, 2023

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