The Best Episodes of Hoarders
Last Updated: Feb 15, 2019
Each 60-minute episode of Hoarders is a fascinating look inside the lives of two different people whose inability to part with their belongings is so out of control that they are on the verge of a personal crisis.
#1 - Glen and Lisa
Season 3 - Episode 20
A collection of 2500 free-roaming rats have hoarded Glen out of his home and into a shed on his property. Originally bred as pets, the rat collection spun out of control upon the death of his wife. Now Glen needs help removing the animals so he can return home, but he has insisted that they be saved and adopted out. Lisa has hoarded her father's house both inside and out. More than 30 cats roam freely through the clutter and he is threatening to evict her and her pets. Lisa will not be allowed back in until she cleans the house, and gets rid of her dozens of animals.
#2 - Gail and Warren
Season 2 - Episode 9
Gail's house is literally falling apart. She is living without heat, the walls in her house are cracking, the ceiling is leaking and the floor boards are bowing. She has to make repairs but she needs to clean out her house in order to do so. Complicating the issue is that Gail is scheduled to have major surgery in two weeks and unless she cleans up she will have no where to go to recover from her surgery. Warren is a self-employed heating and refridgeration specialist who ends up taking his work home with him. Old refridgerators, tools and supplies clutter his house creating an unsafe environment for his three year old son Josh and his wife Leanne worries about her son's development. She has now given Warren an ultimatum to either clean up or move out.
#3 - Doug & Ruth
Season 6 - Episode 2
Doug, who suffered severe brain trauma and memory loss in an accident, hoards items he feels might trigger his memories. Ruth has turned her beautiful home into a shrine for the three members of her family who died there. She refuses to get rid of anything that belonged to them, and continually shops for more to fill her sorrow.
#4 - Janet and Christina
Season 2 - Episode 8
Janet's life took a tragic turn for the worse when her husband of 32 years died while waiting for a heart transplant and since then her hoarding has spun out of control. She shops compulsively and has filled her home with home decorating supplies in hopes of redecorating the house she and her husband were planning on doing before he died. Christina is a former psychologist who is literally suffocating beneath her things. She is now breathing at about 80% due to chronic asthma and times she has be rendered blue due to exhaustion. She has filled her home with clothes for twelve year old daughter Hanna but even though most of the clothing has been unworn for years, Christina refuses to part with it. She now must clean up before her asthma gets any worse
#5 - Kevin and Mary
Season 4 - Episode 12
Kevin is the youngest son of renowned political strategist and a silver screen star--both of whom have stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He grew up in a huge mansion living a charmed life. But now Kevin has hoarded himself out of this Upper East Side Manhattan apartment and sleeps on a bench in front of the building. His apartment is so filled that the only way in is through a window on the fire escape. Kevin's neighbors are fed up, and his brother (the executor of the family trust), is tired of coming to his rescue. He now faces eviction if he does not clean up his home. Mary has hoarded her home to capacity with things she thinks are from the Victorian age. She is so obsessed with her collections of furniture and decorations from that time period that she has let the house crumble around her. Her children no longer want to help her or let her stay in their homes. Mary must now clean her home in an effort to salvage her relationship with her family.
#7 - Sandra
Season 9 - Episode 6
Former famed interior designer, Sandra, has hoarded out every square inch of the historic mansion she lost to foreclosure. However, she refuses to leave the manor in spite of the fact the bank has sold it to a new couple. The new owners are now facing a crisis of conscience trying to figure out how to compassionately evict Sandra from the property and dispose of her hoard.
#8 - Season 3 Update
Season 4 - Episode 11
This one-hour special updates viewers on what has happened to five of our hoarders one year after they received crisis assistance from the HOARDERS Team. The stories include: Vula who was about to lose her cat hoard and her hoarded home to the city and animal protective services; Dumpster diving, Al, whose three-year-old son had been removed from the hoarded home by child protective services; Jim whose exterior and interior hoard was so extreme, the city had condemned the property and his family was no longer allowed to return home without a clean up; Arline whose hoard was so bad her ailing husband was forced to sleep in a car: and Glen, the man with a 2500 rat hoard running through his house.
#9 - Eileen and Judy
Season 4 - Episode 15
Ronald is a fire-fighter who is legally mandated to report hoarded homes. But in this case the hoarder is his wife, Eileen, and the house is his own. Eileen has destroyed not only her 3,200 sq. ft. home, but her relationships with her husband and six sons. Now, her son Steven has threatened to turn Eileen in to the health department if the living conditions are not improved for his four younger brothers. Judy has blown through almost her entire $1 million inheritance on her hoard, and has lost $30,000 worth of checks in her hoarded house. The floor to ceiling hoard not only occupies her entire home, but also storage units and a trailer. If Judy doesn't get her compulsion under control and find those checks, she and her husband will go broke.
#10 - Roy and Loretta
Season 4 - Episode 4
Roy is facing $20 million in fines from the county for hoarding hundreds of vehicles on his property. A successful inventor, Roy is unable to part with what he considers materials for new inventions. If he doesn't remove all the vehicles and the hoard within them, the only way he will be able to pay this enormous fine is by selling off his land. Loretta and her husband were robbed at gunpoint and later had their home looted by thieves. They started over in a different neighborhood but the trauma and loss triggered Loretta's compulsion to hoard everything in their new home. With her second child due any day, Loretta must now clean up or face the involvement of CPS.
#13 - Diana & Dolores
Season 6 - Episode 12
A victim of abuse as a child, Diana's hoarding became so extreme that her daughter was forced to sleep in a recliner because the trash had overtaken her room. But now a neighbor has blown the whistle on the heap, and the house could be condemned if Diana doesn't clean up fast. Meanwhile, Dolores was once an antiques dealer with such a great eye for value that she even sold to Sotheby's. But her buying got out of hand, and now she s got a hoard that could catch on fire and burn her house down at any time
#14 - John and Vivian
Season 4 - Episode 13
A man risks multiple fines after it is revealed he is living in a house covered with cat feces and urine, and the rooms are hoarded with his collections and his deceased mother's belongings. A woman's hoard has literally pushed her husband out of the house.
#19 - Anna/Claire and Vance
Season 5 - Episode 10
A woman learns of her mother's secret life as a hoarder; a couple's home contains 500,000 books.
#20 - Joni & Millie
Season 6 - Episode 5
Joni's hoarding drove her two sons to turn to drugs to cope, and it forced Child Protective Services to take her granddaughter away from her. She has one last chance to stop the vicious cycle of loss she has inflicted on her family. Millie has agreed to more than one clean-up, only to relapse and start hoarding again. Now her daughter, Chelsea, has given Millie one last ultimatum - "Clean up or lose me forever."
#21 - Leza & Linda
Season 9 - Episode 3
A woman's home is red tagged as uninhabitable and she has to clean it up before an imposed deadline or risk losing her property. Also: unsanitary conditions prevent a woman from taking her husband home following a heart transplant.
#23 - Jim and Susan
Season 3 - Episode 15
On August 6th, the Police, the Fire Department, C.P.S. and Code Enforcement all descended upon Jim's house and told his family it was uninhabitable. Because of decades of hoarding, he is estranged from his siblings and his children. If he does not clean up now, Jim and his wife will be homeless and the grandchildren that he has custody of will become wards of the state. A towering hoard that included hundreds of dolls forced Susan and Bill out of their home and into a hotel. Now they have depleted all their funds, including their retirement account, and have moved back in, forcing a critically ill Bill to sleep on the basement floor. Their daughter has threatened to call Adult Protective Services if the hoard doesn't get cleaned up soon.
#24 - Charles & Alvin
Season 6 - Episode 3
Charles' house is filled with thousands of the nude paintings he has done. His obsession with women and painting is so extreme that it's destroyed his marriages and left his family worried that he may end up hurting himself. Alvin's hoarding is so out of control that he's been forced to put his TV and food cooler in his bathroom and spend his time there. To make matters worse, his frail mother has fallen in the hoard several times and is now confined to a wheelchair.