Hoarding: Buried Alive

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  • 2009
  • 10 Seasons
  • 6.6  (727)

TLC's hit show, Hoarding: Buried Alive, explores the lives of compulsive hoarders and documents the detrimental effects on their homes, families and friends. Now a recognized as a mental disorder, hoarding is the persistent collection of low-value items to an extent that causes physical, social and health problems. In Hoarding: Buried Alive, hoarders are portrayed sympathetically yet honestly. The subjects are often shown at their worst: stubborn, delusional, selfish and angry. Explosive, emotional arguments frequently pit the hoarder against family members who are desperately trying to save their loved ones from themselves. Still, the show's tone keeps the viewer hoping that the hoarder will be the hero of their own saga, rather than just the villain. The show's outcome is usually a rehabilitation of both the hoarder and the home. Both are presented as an intertwined and occasionally intersecting storyline. A professional organizer works with the hoarder to physically organize remaining possessions; she firmly prods the reluctant collector to part with most of his or her cache. Often so much material is packed into the hoarder's house that a team of friends, family and volunteers must assist in sorting through years' worth of acquisitions. While most items are rightly routed to an onsite dumpster, salvageable items are donated to thrift stores; a concession which often provides some solace to the agitated hoarder. Meanwhile, a therapist works with the hoarder to determine the root cause of the hoarding. Often the compulsion manifests after a personal tragedy or accompanies another mental illness. Then, the therapist works to modify their behavior by exposing them thrift stores, auctions or other venues where they are tempted to accumulate. Hoarding: Buried Alive gives the viewer a rare glimpse into a debilitating mental illness that is usually literally kept behind closed doors. In a tone as serious as it is hopeful, TLC treats the delicate subject matter with dignity while still providing entertainment value.

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Seasons
Updates: Shelley
7. Updates: Shelley
March 22, 2015
When Shelley was first on Hoarding: Buried Alive her shopping addiction had led to hoarding after a car accident left her son permanently disabled and her marriage was on the brink of divorce.
Updates: Susie
6. Updates: Susie
March 15, 2015
Update on Susie's progression.
Updates: Ronda
5. Updates: Ronda
March 1, 2015
The show features an update on Ronda.
Updates: Valerie
4. Updates: Valerie
February 15, 2015
An update on Valerie.
Updates: Michelle
3. Updates: Michelle
February 8, 2015
The show gives an update on Michelle.
Updates: Benny
2. Updates: Benny
January 25, 2015
Decades of hoarding has completely isolated Benny from his family.
Updates: Randy
1. Updates: Randy
January 18, 2015
Randy's hoarding compulsion affects his living conditions.
Description

TLC's hit show, Hoarding: Buried Alive, explores the lives of compulsive hoarders and documents the detrimental effects on their homes, families and friends. Now a recognized as a mental disorder, hoarding is the persistent collection of low-value items to an extent that causes physical, social and health problems. In Hoarding: Buried Alive, hoarders are portrayed sympathetically yet honestly. The subjects are often shown at their worst: stubborn, delusional, selfish and angry. Explosive, emotional arguments frequently pit the hoarder against family members who are desperately trying to save their loved ones from themselves. Still, the show's tone keeps the viewer hoping that the hoarder will be the hero of their own saga, rather than just the villain.

The show's outcome is usually a rehabilitation of both the hoarder and the home. Both are presented as an intertwined and occasionally intersecting storyline. A professional organizer works with the hoarder to physically organize remaining possessions; she firmly prods the reluctant collector to part with most of his or her cache. Often so much material is packed into the hoarder's house that a team of friends, family and volunteers must assist in sorting through years' worth of acquisitions. While most items are rightly routed to an onsite dumpster, salvageable items are donated to thrift stores; a concession which often provides some solace to the agitated hoarder.

Meanwhile, a therapist works with the hoarder to determine the root cause of the hoarding. Often the compulsion manifests after a personal tragedy or accompanies another mental illness. Then, the therapist works to modify their behavior by exposing them thrift stores, auctions or other venues where they are tempted to accumulate.

Hoarding: Buried Alive gives the viewer a rare glimpse into a debilitating mental illness that is usually literally kept behind closed doors. In a tone as serious as it is hopeful, TLC treats the delicate subject matter with dignity while still providing entertainment value.

Hoarding: Buried Alive is a series that is currently running and has 10 seasons (103 episodes). The series first aired on March 14, 2009.

Where to Watch Hoarding: Buried Alive

Hoarding: Buried Alive is available for streaming on the TLC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Hoarding: Buried Alive on demand at Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, FuboTV, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, Apple TV and TLC.

  • Premiere Date
    March 14, 2009
  • IMDB Rating
    6.6  (727)