How trashy is it for real? 5 — Flattened cats, refuse that's been buried so long it's become pulp, fossilized food, mounds of dolls, toys, rats, bugs… anything, really, that you can fit into a house has been spotlighted in garbage form on this show. The sky's the limit, or at least, the ceiling is.
How trashy is it for TV? 3 — The show reminds you every episode that, "Compulsive Hoarding is a disorder marked by an obsessive need to acquire and keep things, even if the items are worthless, hazardous, or unsanitary." Providing each subject with a mental-health professional, as well as an organizer, the emphasis is on treating, not mocking. However, the occasional circus music that accompanies loopier cases and some jump cuts that are interested in shocking means the show isn't entirely empty of cheap thrills.