Hoarding: Buried Alive

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Hoarding: Buried Alive
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes75
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time45–48 minutes
Production company(s)Discovery Studios
Original channelTLC
Picture formatNTSC (480i)
HDTV (1080i)
Audio formatStereo
Original runMarch 14, 2010 (2010-03-14) – Present
External links
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Hoarding: Buried Alive
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes75
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time45–48 minutes
Production company(s)Discovery Studios
Original channelTLC
Picture formatNTSC (480i)
HDTV (1080i)
Audio formatStereo
Original runMarch 14, 2010 (2010-03-14) – Present
External links

Hoarding: Buried Alive is an American documentary television series that premiered on TLC on March 14, 2010. The show follows hoarders through their life experiences and helps them learn to manage their illness.


Hoarding: Buried Alive takes the viewer into the personal lives of hoarders, focusing on how the mental illness has affected the individual and the family members. Each episode usually looks at two different cases and examines the history of the victim and takes time to interview family members.[1] The show includes an extensive look at the items each person collects.[2] Each hoarder receives treatment provided by both a therapist and a professional organizer.[1] These professionals help them through the process of ridding their house of the hoard. By the end of the episodes, the hoarders typically have shown signs of improvement that make the viewer hopeful for their continuing success.[2]


Season 1[edit]

Episode #TitleAirdate
1Welcome to My NightmareMarch 14, 2010
2Beyond EmbarrassmentMarch 21, 2010
3Paralyzed by ClutterMarch 28, 2010
4Life on FireApril 4, 2010
5Family SecretsApril 11, 2010
6Filling the VoidApril 18, 2010
7No One Would Choose ThisApril 25, 2010
8Everything Is at StakeMay 2, 2010
9A Million ExcusesMay 9, 2010

Season 2[edit]

Season 2 was split into two equal parts, with part one airing from August 8, 2010–October 3, 2010, and part two from March 2, 2011–April 20, 2011.[3][4]

Episode #TitleAirdate
10Homeless Man With a HouseAugust 8, 2010
11Robbing the Kids...August 15, 2010
12Prison of GarbageAugust 22, 2010
13Everything's JunkAugust 29, 2010
14Battle with ChaosSeptember 5, 2010
15How Do I Get Out of ThisSeptember 12, 2010
16The Scariest Place on EarthSeptember 19, 2010
17The Mess I've CreatedSeptember 26, 2010
18This is Where You Sleep??October 3, 2010
19Nowhere Near NormalMarch 2, 2011
20I Want to CussMarch 9, 2011
21Oh My GoshMarch 13, 2011
22Better Get a DumpsterMarch 16, 2011
23Overwhelming Pile of JunkMarch 23, 2011
24My Biggest EmbarrassmentMarch 30, 2011
25It's Out of ControlApril 6, 2011
26Like a Dog in a CageApril 13, 2011
27It's A Freaking War ZoneApril 20, 2011

Season 3[edit]

Episode #TitleAirdate
28Surviving On TrashJuly 10, 2011
29There Are Mice EverywhereJuly 17, 2011
30Not A Safe PlaceJuly 24, 2011
31A Horrible SightJuly 31, 2011
32I Was Gonna GagAugust 14, 2011
33Is That A Goat?August 21, 2011
34Stop Touching My Stuff!August 28, 2011
35Overtaken By PuppetsSeptember 11, 2011
36I Can't BreatheSeptember 18, 2011

Season 4[edit]

Episode #TitleAirdate
37Tiny MonstersJanuary 1, 2012
38My House Can Kill MeJanuary 8, 2012
39Owned by the RoachesJanuary 15, 2012
40I'm DumbfoundedJanuary 22, 2012
41It's Just SexJanuary 29, 2012
42Worst I've Ever SeenFebruary 12, 2012
43A Bomb Went OffFebruary 19, 2012
44UnbelievableMarch 4, 2012
45Are You Serious?March 11, 2012
46Where Are They Now?March 11, 2012

Season 5[edit]

Episode #TitleAirdate
47This Is Garbage LandJuly 8, 2012
48As Bad As It GetsJuly 15, 2012
49Sleeping in a DumpsterJuly 22, 2012
50This is UnrealJuly 29, 2012
51Just Tear It DownAugust 5, 2012
52Twenty of EverythingAugust 12, 2012
53Hoo, This Reeks!August 19, 2012
54A Humongous SecretAugust 26, 2012
55It's My JunkSeptember 2, 2012

Season 6[edit]

Episode #TitleAirdate
56You're Not Taking My KidsFebruary 13, 2013
57Holding Mom HostageFebruary 20, 2013
58This House Killed HerFebruary 27, 2013
59She Wants It, She Takes ItMarch 6, 2013
60What a PigMarch 13, 2013
61They're CrawlingMarch 20, 2013
62One Is Good, Two Is BetterMarch 27, 2013
63She's Going to JailApril 3, 2013
64I'm a Rockstar, Baby!April 10, 2013
65Bennie & RhondaApril 11, 2013
66Losing Half MyselfApril 17, 2013
67Leading a Double LifeApril 24, 2013
68Somewhere in My PileMay 1, 2013
69Where Are They Now?May 8, 2013
70Waste Not, Want, NotMay 8, 2013

Season 7[edit]

Episode #TitleAirdate
71The Last Clear SpotOctober 30, 2013
72Full of RatsNovember 6, 2013
73You're Gonna Die in HereNovember 13, 2013
74My Teeth Are Lost in the PileNovember 27, 2013
75It's A Horror StoryDecember 4, 2013


Hoarding: Buried Alive is an example of a reality TV rehabilitation program, a category of show that has been extremely popular since 2000.[5] However, the ability of these shows to effectively treat people is often questioned. Some focus on the fact that these shows do get people into some rehabilitation program. It is obviously better than them continuing their addictive behaviors and receiving no professional guidance. However, the presence of the cameras can influence the way the patients act. They may exaggerate certain emotions or fail to share essential information for fear of it coming back to haunt them once the show is aired. These additions and omissions could greatly impair their ability to recover and move forward in the process.[6]

In addition to the information regarding the disease being provided in the show, many of these programs do provide some services to help people get in contact with organizations that can provide treatment or more information on the disease. This can help viewers get a better picture of the disorders depicted and aids towards combating the stigma that surrounds mental illness.[5]

Hoarding paints a picture of compulsive hoarders that makes viewers sympathize with them. It helps people understand that it is an illness. When these individuals enter a rehab program the quality of their lives and the lives of their families can improve drastically. It also provides a view of the disease that is not totally bent on feeding the human appetite for horror. Instead, it focuses more on giving an accurate look at the illness. It picks cases that are not overly extreme or graphic and doesn’t dwell completely on the disturbing things that the patient has collected. It focuses on conveying the ugly truth about the illness, focusing on the way it affects both the afflicted individual and their family.[2]

Hantavirus Exposure Scare[edit]

In September, 2012, a woman assisting with cleanup was hospitalized after contracting a respiratory illness during filming for the show in Houston, Texas. Initial tests indicated the woman had contracted Hantavirus. The home was quarantined, several others involved in the cleanup were tested for the disease, and books from the house originally donated to the local library were isolated and not distributed.[7][8] Further testing determined the illness was not Hantavirus.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Hoarding: Buried Alive". Common Sense Media. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Hoarders vs. Hoarding: Buried Alive". UGO. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Hoarding: Buried Alive Episodes on TLC". TV Guide. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Hoarding: Buried Alive Season 2 episodes on Amazon.com". Amazon.com. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Kmiotek, Celeste. "Reality Television Tackles Mental Illness". The Ram. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "No title". Mercury News. Retrieved 17 May 2012. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Hantavirus fears force quarantine of Houston home". Fox News. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Hantavirus suspicions force quarantine of Woodlands home". KRIV FOX 26. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Montgomery County woman tests negative for hantavirus". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 

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