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"Hoarding: Buried Alive" Season 5 is a reality docu-series on TLC that returns with one of its most powerful episodes to date featuring single mom Karen, who's not just struggling to save her home — but her children also. For most 12 year olds their home is a safe haven, a place to enjoy their childhood and form bonds with family members. But for Karen's son David, their 4-bedroom house in suburban New Jersey is anything but as it is overrun by filth, clutter, electrical wires and garbage. Most affected by her problem are Karen's children, sons Joseph, 14, and David, 12. She admits to using her own son's bedrooms for storage and has driven their house so far into the ground that none of the bedrooms or bathrooms have functioning electricity.

But as expected, there's a reason for Karen's hoarding problems — tragedy. By the age of 54, Karen had endured the loss of two husbands and a child. Tune-in to witness this incredible story of perseverance through self-discovery made possible by the help of a licensed psychologist and a hauling team leader turned hero who rallied the local community to lend a hand. Faced with the nearly impossible task of cleaning years of hoarding in a 48 hour window, this family struggles to meet the strict requirements of Child Protective Services in order to keep the teen boys out of foster care.

Season 3

Revealing more towering wreckage and severe family crisis, the compelling third season dives deeper into the real-life struggles and intense treatment of extreme hoarders — people who are unable to part with their belongings to the point of personal disaster.

Each episode follows one or two obsessive hoarders striving to fight the compulsion to collect and return their lives to stability. Buried under decades of collected trinkets, treasures, and rotting junk, these people are on the verge of losing everything: their jobs, their homes, and their families.

Aware that addiction is destroying their lives the hoarders agree it's time for professional intervention. With the help of expert therapists and organizers, and the support of their families, they begin the long and difficult process to overcome their compulsion. Letting go of prized possessions is not an easy undertaking, and often they face a decades-tall mountain of their own emotional past. While some will conquer this overpowering condition, others will continue to be consumed by this painful disease.

Season 5

In the premiere episode, viewers will be introduced to a little person who, in tandem with her mother, has created toppling piles of dangerous clutter.

Other featured hoarders include one with a rat infestation so bad, it has compromised the house's foundation and an ex-principal whose habits stem from the trauma of escaping a school shooting that was thwarted by authorities.

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Network: TLC
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: March 14, 2010
Seasons: 5
Production Company: Discovery Studios

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