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A&E's Hoarders is a record-breaker

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 2nd 2009 4:00PM
hoarders_a_and_eIf your garage looks like this picture, you may have a bit of a problem. The fact that this is somebody's kitchen means they have a BIG problem. This is an image from A&E's hit series Hoarders. I can't even fathom how somebody puts so much stuff into a kitchen to make it look like that, but I assume they're not doing any cooking on that stove or opening that refrigerator.

Hoarders has become a sensation on A&E. Monday night's season two premiere of Hoarders was a record breaker. More people watched it than any other A&E season opener ever -- 3.2 million viewers. That was more viewers than Intervention, which has been A&E's big drawer.

So what's the appeal, why are people so fascinated with Hoarders? Like Jane wrote not long ago, we all have some hoarding tendencies inside us. We hold onto old photos and things that we think we may need longer than necessary. You buy a pair of shoes and don't chuck the shoebox because maybe you could use it some time down the road. Or you tell yourself that you'll recycle those issues of Entertainment Weekly piling up on the nightstand. That's pretty normal.

Watching these people on Hoarders really does make you feel better about yourself! You're not surrounded by schmutz and stuff. You're not unable to get into the garage. You're not lost in a sea of debris. Let's face it, most of those folks on Hoarders can't even find the TV set or the remote.

A&E has done it, then, the ultimate in feel-good TV. Programming that implies, "There but for the grace of God go I." Amen.

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scott

Not since 'To Catch a Predator' has the viewing public been served up such a lush exploitation of tragic lives for their viewing pleasure. Therapists make their obligatory appearance to give the illusion that something life changing is happening, but the real guts of the show lay somewhere in Carnival land, where people pay to see geeks bite the heads off of chickens. These people have extremely serious mental conditions and are put on public display so that people can cluck their tongues and revel in the fact that they are not the people on the show.

Shame on A&E for broadcasting this filth. There is nothing entertaining, enlightening or uplifting about this series, unless of course you are 1-800-GOT-JUNK and get free advertising every week.

So unlike 'To Catch A Predator', they don't lure unsuspecting pedophiles into being arrested for our viewing pleasure, instead they let the children of these very unfortunate mentally ill people call the show to have them 'help' their parent by publicly humiliating them and renting 1-800-GOT-JUNK to come shovel out their homes.

This kind of problem is not TV entertainment, it's real life tragedy and quite simply, none of our business. Does anyone think that these poor sick people are in any kind of mental state to sign off on being on a TV show? I hope one of these people does get some serious help, recovers and then sues A&E for every dime they ever made off of this show.

Exploitation of the mentally ill is disgusting.

Disgusting.

December 09 2009 at 3:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sir Yuck-Yuck

THE people on this show should get on Facebook and play PackRat lol

December 02 2009 at 11:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

This weeks show was particularly bad. It was more than hoarding and tons of clutter. It was filth. The long missing emaciated cats made me sick. The fact that "the woman of the dump" refused to take any blame for that horrible mess made me more ill. She needed more than a group of cleaners with shovels.

Saying all that, I find this premise fascinating. I vow to get that second bedroom cleaned up where everything "extra" gets stored. That goodness none of my cats ever went missing.

December 02 2009 at 8:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gillygirl

Sadly, that could be my mom's kitchen, or living room, or spare room or what's behind the rooms we can't get into. Can't get her to toss anything, she missed a scrap of paper if I try to throw it out. Just gonna wait until she passes then fill up a bunch of 40 yarders THEN have a yard sale. I know there's stuff to sell under all the other crap.

December 02 2009 at 7:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MzPooks

Everytime I see this show I want to clean.

December 02 2009 at 5:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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