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The Best Episodes of Hoarders

Updated March 28, 2020 1.4k votes 286 voters 17.5k views116 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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  • Shanna/Lynda1
    128
    7

    Shanna/Lynda

    October 8, 2012

    Season6

    Episode Number4

    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.

  • Sandra2
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    23

    Sandra

    January 22, 2017

    Season9

    Episode Number6

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

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  • Terry/Adelle3
    67
    9

    Terry/Adelle

    December 3, 2012

    Season6

    Episode Number8

    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.

  • Laura4
    52
    14

    Laura

    July 30, 2015

    Season7

    Episode Number10

    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.

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  • Judy5
    23
    5

    Judy

    January 3, 2016

    Season8

    Episode Number1

    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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  • Hannah/Kathy & Gary6
    24
    7

    Hannah/Kathy & Gary

    January 3, 2011

    Season3

    Episode Number19

    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.

  • Glen/Lisa7
    16
    1

    Glen/Lisa

    January 10, 2011

    Season3

    Episode Number20

    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.

  • Augustine8
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    3

    Augustine

    November 30, 2009

    Season2

    Episode Number1

    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.

  • Stacey/Roi9
    19
    6

    Stacey/Roi

    August 15, 2011

    Season4

    Episode Number9

    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.

  • Jake/Shirley10
    14
    0

    Jake/Shirley

    September 7, 2009

    Season1

    Episode Number4

    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.

  • Phyllis/Janet11
    17
    4

    Phyllis/Janet

    June 20, 2011

    Season4

    Episode Number1

    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.

  • Jim/Susan12
    19
    7

    Jim/Susan

    December 6, 2010

    Season3

    Episode Number15

    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.

  • Mary/Mary Ann13
    17
    4

    Mary/Mary Ann

    December 27, 2010

    Season3

    Episode Number18

    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.

  • Paul/Missy & Alex14
    14
    2

    Paul/Missy & Alex

    September 28, 2009

    Season1

    Episode Number7

    Paul was charged with criminal littering in 2008 and has failed to meet three court ordered deadlines to clean his yard. His 2 acre property is strewn with over twenty junk cars, thousands of pounds of scrap metal, and hundreds of old appliances. In January, a judge sentenced him to 5 days in jail and gave him until April 26th to clean his property, or face a fine and additional jail time.

  • Judi/Gail15
    14
    2

    Judi/Gail

    December 7, 2009

    Season2

    Episode Number2

    When rescue workers were called to Judi's home they found her stuck in massive amounts of clutter and were forced to remove her through the kitchen window. The city condemned her home and she was placed in a rehabilitation facility. But time is running out. Medicare will stop paying in two weeks and Judi has nowhere to go.

  • Betty, Jill, Jake, Bill & Paul Update16

    Season2

    Episode Number15

    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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  • Linda17
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    Linda

    March 19, 2019

    Season10

    Episode Number3

    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.

  • Chris/Dale18
    14
    4

    Chris/Dale

    December 14, 2009

    Season2

    Episode Number3

    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.

  • Linda/Todd19
    14
    4

    Linda/Todd

    January 11, 2010

    Season2

    Episode Number7

    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.

  • Claudie20
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    5

    Claudie

    March 1, 2010

    Season2

    Episode Number13

    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.

  • Andrew/Lydia21
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    5

    Andrew/Lydia

    December 20, 2010

    Season3

    Episode Number17

    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.

  • Tara/Betty22
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    7

    Tara/Betty

    August 31, 2009

    Season1

    Episode Number3

    Tara has been reported to her landlord and needs to clean out now or she'll be homeless. She's an obsessive collector, favoring things like McDonald's Happy Meal toys, nativity scenes, snow globes and hundreds of teddy bears. Now Tara must finally get control of her hoarding and part with most of the clutter in her home or face eviction.

  • Tra/Jill23
    12
    4

    Tra/Jill

    February 1, 2010

    Season2

    Episode Number10

    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.

  • Brian/Coral24
    12
    4

    Brian/Coral

    July 9, 2015

    Season7

    Episode Number7

    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.

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  • Cynthia/Ricky25
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    Cynthia/Ricky

    June 25, 2015

    Season7

    Episode Number5

    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.

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