HOARDERS premieres its sixth season with the series' most dramatic stories and fascinating looks into the world of extreme hoarding; a mental disorder marked by an obsessive need to collect things, even if the items are worthless, hazardous or unsanitary. Whether facing eviction, the loss of their children, or divorce, all are desperately in need of help as they embark on the biggest emotional transformations of their lives.
This season the experts take on a 24-hour job by attempting to spend the entire night in each house to see exactly how each hoarder has adapted to their environment. They don't always make it, but by literally walking a mile in their shoes, they hope to get a better understanding of how to help each hoarder cope with their inability to part with their belongings and clean-up for good.
The season premiere introduces Debra, who has maxed out all her credit cards on the mountains of clothing piled in her house and Patricia, who has amassed 30 years worth of cardboard boxes.
This season will also feature Alvin, who is living out of his bathroom, outfitted with a TV and cooler, because it's the only livable room left in his house; Benette and Vernon, a separated couple living under the same roof of their historic Victorian mansion that is crammed to the gills with junk; Linda, whose hoard consists of doomsday supplies in preparation for the apocalypse; and Shanna, who has 15 years worth of her own bottled urine and feces.
Hoarders, which was nominated for a 2011 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Reality Program, is produced for A&E by Screaming Flea Productions. Executive producers are Matt Chan, Dave Severson, and Mike Kelly. Co-executive producer is George Butts. Executive producers for A&E are David McKillop, Elaine Frontain Bryant and Jessica Morgan.
A&E's hit TV show "Hoarders," a documentary drama, uncovers the secret lives of obsessive compulsive people. No matter how dire the circumstance - be it eviction, divorce, jail time, or loss of children - they cannot part with even a button, a sponge, or an empty box. Will they allow professional help and organizers' guidance to put a stop to their hoarding? Find out. Shop Hoarders DVDs, Blu-Rays, managing clutter books and guides, shirts, and other Hoarders fan gear.
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Richard's sister Lou Ann pulls Richard aside to have a heart to heart with him. She wants Richard to get past the walls he has put up around himself to block people out of his life. She makes a point to encourage him and support him.