The BEST Episodes of Hoarding: Buried Alive

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2021

Network: TLC

Hoarding goes inside the homes of extreme hoarders to explore the psychology behind their compulsion to accumulate & store large quantities of nonessential things. Each episode tells the stories of hoarders struggling with behavior that has made every day existence unbearable for both them and their loved ones. With the help of expert therapists & organizers, the hoarders will attempt to unlock the key to their obsessions in hope of reclaiming their lives.

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Nowhere Near Normal

#1 - Nowhere Near Normal

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 2, 2011

Extreme Hoarder Jahn struggles to clear her belongings from not one, but two houses before both are condemned.

star 9.50
2 votes
The Mess I've Created

#2 - The Mess I've Created

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 26, 2010

star 9.00
2 votes
Like a Dog in a Cage

#3 - Like a Dog in a Cage

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Apr 13, 2011

A mother desperately tries to protect her children from their father's hoard, while an artist chooses frogs, penguins and banana peels over her live-in boyfriend.

star 8.67
3 votes
It's a Freaking War Zone

#4 - It's a Freaking War Zone

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 20, 2011

The tumbling piles of Maggie's collections are putting her own son's life at risk while Bob's all consuming passion for swimming pool parts is pushing his family to the brink.

star 8.33
3 votes
The Scariest Place on Earth

#5 - The Scariest Place on Earth

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 19, 2010

star 8.00
1 votes
This Is Where You Sleep

#6 - This Is Where You Sleep

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 3, 2010

star 8.00
2 votes
I Want to Cuss

#7 - I Want to Cuss

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 9, 2011

Compulsive hoarder Sharon gets caught stealing from her neighbor's home while Len must choose between his hoard and his daughter.

star 8.00
2 votes
Oh My Gosh

#8 - Oh My Gosh

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 13, 2011

Conditions inside Tammy's home have become so bad, that she's forced to eat her meals in the car and her sick father is unable to return home from the hospital.

star 8.00
1 votes
Better Get a Dumpster

#9 - Better Get a Dumpster

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 16, 2011

A woman's out of control obsession with bikinis, sweaters and dresses threatens to destroy her relationship with her only daughter.

star 8.00
2 votes
Overwhelming Pile of Junk

#10 - Overwhelming Pile of Junk

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Mar 23, 2011

After decades of hoarding, Debbie has not only lost the comforts of home but the company of her four children as well. Chip's compulsive hoarding has forced his family of six to squeeze into 1600 square feet of living space.

star 8.00
1 votes
My Biggest Embarrassment

#11 - My Biggest Embarrassment

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 30, 2011

While Patti's extreme hoarding has made it virtually impossible for her daughter to live with her, Jonathan's obsession has kept his three-year-old son from even coming in the door.

star 8.00
1 votes
It's Out of Control

#12 - It's Out of Control

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Apr 6, 2011

Decades of extreme hoarding have put Kay's marriage in serious jeopardy while Toni's compulsive shopping has made her own home a danger zone for her two-year-old granddaughter.

star 8.00
1 votes
Owned By The Roaches

#13 - Owned By The Roaches

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 15, 2012

A psychologist who is accustomed to diagnosing other people's problems can not solve her own hoarding problems and it has escalated to the point where millions of roaches infest her home.

star 8.00
3 votes
Worst I've Ever Seen

#14 - Worst I've Ever Seen

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 12, 2012

A municipality is ready to tear down a home unless a hoarding issue is addressed; a woman's attachment to her things could break up her family.

star 8.00
3 votes
A Bomb Went Off

#15 - A Bomb Went Off

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 19, 2012

A woman with a lung disease fears her hoarding is making her condition worse; a woman's clutter limits her mobility in her house, while her neighbors complain about her garbage bags piling up outside.

star 8.00
1 votes
You're Gonna Die in Here

#16 - You're Gonna Die in Here

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 13, 2013

A former principal who suffered from PTSD after a school shooting became a compulsive hoarder, but now refuses to leave his home and abandons his family.

star 8.00
1 votes
Everything's Junk

#17 - Everything's Junk

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 29, 2010

A woman who started hoarding after surviving Sept. 11 seeks help.

star 7.73
11 votes
Hoo, That Reeks!

#18 - Hoo, That Reeks!

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 19, 2012

Kathy’s extreme hoarding forced her 12-year-old son to move out of their home. Five years later, their relationship is at a crossroad. Now Kathy must make a drastic change or risk losing her son forever.

star 7.71
14 votes
Homeless Man With a House

#19 - Homeless Man With a House

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 8, 2010

Season 2 opens as two hoarders get help after decades of compulsive behavior that has driven their loved ones away.

star 7.67
3 votes
A Million Excuses

#20 - A Million Excuses

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired May 9, 2010

Hoarding by parents threatens to rip a family apart unless they can stop their excessive collecting. A man must learn to control his addiction to buying items at auctions and garage sales.

star 7.50
2 votes
Prison of Garbage

#21 - Prison of Garbage

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 22, 2010

Two women who started hoarding in the wake of personal tragedies try to put an end to their compulsive behavior.

star 7.50
14 votes
Tiny Monsters

#22 - Tiny Monsters

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 1, 2012

Sherry's hoard has broken up her marriage. Now, authorities are threatening to take away her children and condemn her home. With only weeks to clean it up, Sherry could lose everything she loves.

star 7.50
2 votes
Are You Serious?

#23 - Are You Serious?

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 11, 2012

A woman's hoarding may have done irreparable damage to her relationship with her daughter; a woman realizes she needs help after years of collecting have rendered her home uninhabitable.

star 7.50
2 votes
No One Would Choose This

#24 - No One Would Choose This

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 25, 2010

Two women must get their compulsive hoarding under control or face eviction from their homes and alienation from their families.

star 7.35
17 votes
Battle with Chaos

#25 - Battle with Chaos

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 5, 2010

star 7.33
6 votes