‘Hoarders,’ One of TV’s Most Talked-About Shows, Cancelled by A&E

by | September 26, 2013 at 9:15 AM | Hoarders, TV News

Psychologist Robin Zasio (seen here with hoarder "Janet") had her hands full each week on "Hoarders," where she counseled people in extreme emotional distress (Photo: A&E)

You can stop collecting episodes of A&E’s “Hoarders”: The show has been cancelled by A&E.

The news comes via a TV column on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Web site (here).

The column reports that A&E confirmed that the reality series, which showcased people whose lives and homes had been taken over by towering piles of refuse they collected but could not throw out, will not be back for a seventh season.

No reason was given for the cancellation, though it was likely because ratings had begun to ebb for the show. It ran for six seasons, with the last of its new episodes airing last February, according to Wikipedia.

“Hoarders” premiered on A&E in 2009, and soon became one of the most talked-about shows on TV. It was often (if not always) difficult to watch. It showed people in states of severe emotional distress as they and their homes faced the possibility of forced relocation and condemnation by local governments that deemed their surroundings to be uninhabitable and/or hazardous.

“Hoarders” became famous for the escalating severity of the cases it showcased. Regular viewers of “Hoarders” became accustomed to the show’s famous tours of the interiors of small houses where junk was piled nearly to the ceiling, and the disposal process revealed incredible sights such as, on multiple occasions, the flattened, mummified bodies of long-deceased pets and vermin.

Watch this episode of “Hoarders” (and find other full episodes here):

“Hoarders” was so infamous that it spawned imitation shows on TLC and elsewhere.