Exploitive, educational, gross, insightful, voyeuristic, and sometimes quite moving, Hoarders is the kind of TV that's difficult not to watch once you've started an episode.
This week Hoarders begins its second season by taking us into the squalid home of Augustine (no last name given), a 68-year-old woman in Gretna, la. Augustine lives in an otherwise tidy, middle-class neighborhood in a house filled - crammed, caked - with rotting food, mountains of filthy clothes and kitchen utensils, and piles of mementos (framed photographs, knickknacks) that have overwhelmed her ability to control the mess. She's a stolid woman who suffers from a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder that prevents her from throwing anything out.
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