Hoarders

VIBE – Sundays from 29 May, 7.30pm (encores Wednesdays, 8.30pm)

Think you’ve seen squalor?

Vibe takes you inside the some of the most disgusting households you’ve ever seen in new season episodes of Hoarders. The stakes couldn’t be higher, as the hoarders profiled are faced with life-changing consequences including eviction, divorce, demolition of their homes, jail time, loss of their children and even death.

In the second season opener we meet Laura. She has terminal cancer and is in fragile health, but sleeping or resting is nearly impossible. The only open spot she can lay her head on is two-thirds of the living room couch. It’s a couch surrounded by plastic bins, toys, boxes, scrap-book and crafts supplies, rotting furniture, magazines, and a carpet stained by cat urine. Laura’s hoarding has greatly strained her relationship with her husband and daughters. She knows this is her last chance to unburden her family and give them back a home free of her clutter and misery.

This episode also introduces us to Penny, a 44-year-old single mother of two. Her three-bedroom home is so hoarded that her toddler son has been forced to sleep with her on the living room couch. Her refrigerator doesn’t work and there’s a terrible smell in her older son’s bedroom. Penny has already had run-ins with Child Protective Services. Now she lives in fear that CPS will show up and remove her children. With the help of psychologists, professional organisers and extreme cleaning teams, will Laura and Penny be able to get their hoarding tendencies under control?

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