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The Best Episodes of Hoarders

Updated May 17, 2021 1.5k votes 338 voters 20.4k views124 items

There are so many good episodes of Hoarders, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Jennifer & Ron/Jill" the best, or is "Patty/Bill" your favorite episode of Hoarders? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Hoarders are, let's rank every Hoarders episode from best to worst.

In A&E's Hoarders, people who have struggled with hoarding are offered help through intervention. In each episode, a team of psychologist/organizer/cleaning specialist helps the individual(s) confront their compulsive hoarding disorder and also clean up their homes. Hoarders premiered on August 17, 2009, and originally concluded on February 4, 2013. It has since been brought back after airing briefly on Lifetime. Hoarders tells different stories in each episode, so you can watch them in any order you like.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Hoarders, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Hoarders episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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    17

    Shanna/Lynda

    October 8, 2012

    Shanna owns the worst hoard in "Hoarders" history - a house crammed floor to ceiling with bottles filled with human waste. Meanwhile, Lynda is hoarding stuff for the Armageddon.

  • 2
    150
    25

    Sandra

    January 22, 2017

    Former famed interior designer, Sandra, has hoarded out every square inch of the historic mansion she lost to foreclosure.

  • 3
    79
    10

    Terry/Adelle

    December 3, 2012

    Terry's fridge is packed with dead cats, and she has another 50 live ones. Her son thinks her problems stem from the time her father died of a heart attack right in front of her she was just a small child.

  • 4
    53
    15

    Laura

    July 30, 2015

    Laura's hoarding has taken over so much of her house that her partner has resorted to sleeping in the garage and her teenage daughter is forced to share a bed with Laura.

  • 5
    28
    5

    Judy

    January 3, 2016

    Judy's life is a dangerous one of severe contradictions. She is an extreme germaphobe who spends her entire day engaged in sanitization rituals.

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    30
    8

    Hannah/Kathy & Gary

    January 3, 2011

    Hannah has hoarded herself and her 200 chickens out of her house and is now living with the chickens in a windowless, unheated trailer. As winter sets in, she and her chickens face freezing to death if their original home is not cleaned out so they can all move back in.

  • 7
    18
    0

    Linda

    March 19, 2019

    A depressed former beauty queen has not allowed her family into her Greensburg, Indiana home for years until a medical emergency exposes the secret she has been hiding; her daughter questions her mother's sanity after she makes a shocking discovery.

  • 8
    20
    4

    Glen/Lisa

    January 10, 2011

    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.

  • 9
    17
    3

    Augustine

    November 30, 2009

    14 years ago Jason was removed from his mother Augustine's home by Child Protective Services because of her hoarding. She was never able to clean up enough to have him return. Now, as an adult living on the other side of the country, he is filled with shame and resentment, but unable to turn his back on her.

  • 10
    19
    7

    Stacey/Roi

    August 15, 2011

    Stacey has two days to get rid of the 47 dogs and cats that have taken over her house. They have ripped everything to shreds and forced her 14-year-old daughter to move into her brother's home. Roi has already been in jail twice due to his hoard. And now the fire department has kicked him out of his house because of a gas leak buried deep in piles and piles of belongings.

  • 11
    17
    5

    Phyllis/Janet

    June 20, 2011

    Every room in Phyllis' house is packed with dolls. Her obsession has manifested itself into a floor to ceiling collection of bags stuffed with dolls, and a doll hospital in a spare bedroom where she "amputates" the limbs of one doll to make another complete. Now, her son is threatening to call Adult Protective Services if she doesn't get a handle on her compulsion.

  • 12
    18
    7

    Jim/Susan

    December 6, 2010

    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.

  • 13
    16
    4

    Mary/Mary Ann

    December 27, 2010

    Mary has blown through over $200,000 of an inheritance buying items for the consignment shop she owns. But many of the items never make it from her hoarded home into her cluttered store. Her family says she will go broke by January unless she immediately gets help with her shop and her house.

  • 14
    13
    1

    Jake/Shirley

    September 7, 2009

    While most 21 olds see a world of possibility in front of them, Jake wakes up every morning despondent at the state of his life--a prisoner to his hoarding and OCD. Jake compulsively hoards garbage. Snack wrappers, empty bottles, and rotting food are strewn in every room of the two bedroom town home he shares with his alcoholic father.

  • 15

    In this special follow-up episode we check in on the progress of Jill, Jake, Betty, Bill and Paul from our first season.

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    13
    4

    Chris/Dale

    December 14, 2009

    After the death of her newborn son, Chris filled the void by surrounding herself with possessions. Attention Deficit Disorder makes it impossible for her to focus long enough to clean up. She's now at risk of losing custody of her daughters who are still living in the house.

  • 17
    14
    5

    Claudie

    March 1, 2010

    This family of 14 was the Brady Bunch of the block--until mother Claudie's hoarding tore the family apart and turned them all into the pariahs of the neighborhood. The house is so bad that Claudie is now sleeping in a homeless shelter. Her husband moved away and sent her divorce papers with an ultimatum: clean up or sign.

  • 18
    13
    4

    Linda/Todd

    January 11, 2010

    Linda's family has been ripped apart by hoarding. She wants nothing more than to have a relationship with her grown children, but they refuse to come near her house which is packed waist and neck high with piles of belongings. Despite Linda's threat to commit suicide her family has made an ultimatum: clean up or her husband Shelton will divorce her and the kids will completely cut her off.

  • 19
    12
    5

    Andrew/Lydia

    December 20, 2010

    19-year-old Andrew's mother is a hoarder, and after living in the hoard his entire life, he has learned no other way to live. Stuck in a hoarded house, with no job, no motivation and no direction, Andrew says he needs to get his hoarding under control now in order to have a chance at a normal life.

  • 20
    11
    4

    Tra/Jill

    February 1, 2010

    Tra is a 40 year-old firefighter living two separate lives. At his firehouse, he is expected to live in a clean and structured world. But in his home, he lives in chaos, surrounded wall-to-wall by hoarded possessions. Now, these two worlds have collided and fellow firefighters are worried that Tra's hoarding is affecting his performance on the job.

  • 21
    11
    4

    Brian/Coral

    July 9, 2015

    Brian is the president of his condo HOA. He sets the rules of upkeep for tenants but his life contradicts his work as he lives in a hoard that would force any other tenant to be evicted.

  • 22
    7
    0

    Adella/Teri

    September 6, 2010

    Just weeks before he died, Adella's estranged husband asked their daughter to help her mother clean up one last time. Adella's hoarding has already cost her a previous house, her marriage and relationships with her children.

  • 23
    11
    4

    Cynthia/Ricky

    June 25, 2015

    Two hoarders are living in life threatening conditions. Cynthia has a debilitating auto immune disease, but continues to fill her Texas home that could make her illness deadly; Meanwhile, Ricky sleeps in a Westland, Michigan house, packed with paper and other flammables that are one spark away from an inferno.

  • 24
    9
    2

    Michelle/Yama

    June 11, 2015

    22-year-old Yama keeps shopping and hoarding to preserve the memory of her deceased mother.

  • 25
    9
    2

    Susan/Michael

    October 29, 2012

    Susan `s addicted to buying and selling cars and electronics, but she never manages to sell much. Recently, when Susan was out prowling for more stuff, someone broke into the house, bound and gagged her wheelchair-bound mother at gunpoint.