Genre: Reality, Health
Premise: ``Hoarders'' is an often painful look inside a disease that can bury its sufferer -- literally at times -- in its symptoms. Each hourlong episode profiles two people on the verge of a personal crisis, all caused by the fact that they are unable to part with even the tiniest possessions, and the cumulative effect becomes a mountain of junk and garbage overtaking their home or apartment. If they don't respond to professional help, the consequences sometimes involve eviction, kids being taken away, or even jail time.
A neurosurgeon and former political bigwig faces potential bankruptcy if he can't auction off some of his $10 million hoard to pay off debts; a woman who loves ``Storage Wars'' has accrued so many storage units, she can barely live in her house.
A couple who have hoarded themselves out of their home face the loss of their property if they cannot get it up to code; a woman's collection of Christmas decor poses a threat to her diabetic husband.