Trash is sweeping the nation! While naysayers and cultural puritans will claim that things on the tube have been doing down the tube for a while, it is objectively true that there is more garbage on TV than ever. A rash of shows focusing on hoarders and collectors and repurposers and hagglers has broken out all over the airwaves. And while these shows are about trash, are they actually trashy? We've collected the major entries (leaving aside lesser ones like Auction Hunters, not to be confused with Auction Kings, and Storage Hunters, which is not to be confused with Storage Wars) to investigate. We're judging the trash-content of these shows on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the most extreme — you can practically smell the garbage coming from your television). It just may be true that one person's trash is another's treasured viewing.
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