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Breaking Amish

Breaking Amish

Photo Credit:  TLC
  • Premiered: 
    September 9, 2012
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  • Network: TLC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Religious
  • Tags: Amish

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  • Season 1
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  • Season 2
    • Amazon
  • Season 2 - Los Angeles
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Plot Synopsis

BREAKING AMISH is a reality series that follows the lives of Mennonite and Amish men and women, as they experience life outside of their communities for the first time. The stakes are incredibly high because each of them faces being shunned with possible rejection, criticism and even exile from their family's homes and their community. However, all of them feel they will never be at peace in their community unless they know what lies beyond their religious dress, head coverings, horse & buggies and the simple life. These young adults in Season 1 included: Kate, a 21-year-old who is well-known in the Amish community as the daughter of a bishop; Sabrina, a 25-year-old Mennonite, who was adopted and raised by a very judgmental family; and three other Amish men and women looking to experience things we take for granted. When this series returned for its second season on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 10pm ET/PT on TLC, the program had a new name (BREAKING AMISH: LA), a new location (Los Angeles), and a new cast, including: Betsy, a 21-year-old Amish woman from Ohio, who recently married an Amish man but continues to struggle with being a member of the community; Devon, a 21-year-old Amish man from Indiana, who is still living at home with his Amish parents and is interested in experiencing life with the English before making a final decision about his future; Iva, a 19-year-old woman from Pennsylvania, whose father left the community after his divorce; Lizzie, a 21-year-old Amish woman from Pennsylvania, who tried to forge a life outside the community and is harboring a secret that makes her want to set on a new life journey; and Matt, a 24-year-old Mennonite from Pennsylvania, who is exploring his interest in fashion design to discover if it will set him on the same path as his two siblings who have already left the community.
On Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 10pm ET/PT, TLC aired the Season 3 premiere of BREAKING AMISH, as a new cast of five heads to Brooklyn, NY, to explore life beyond their Amish culture. The third season presents new and different challenges as the cast adjusts to life in Brooklyn, where the cultures are countless and the temptations are at an all-time high. Using this opportunity to find themselves, the cast navigates through the nuances of the Brooklyn lifestyle and also makes time to visit the famous New York City landmarks to enjoy all the English things that the city has to offer. While they all have similar, conservative backgrounds, they must get used to not only a new city, but also each other and endure growing pains along the way. The trip to Brooklyn chronicles the tough decisions they must make to leave their families and friends behind. The new cast includes: Miriam, a 26-year-old mom from Ohio, who is currently being shunned for continued disobedience to her Amish community; Vonda, a 29-year-old from Indiana, who is already committed to the Amish faith through her baptism and risks losing it all if she chooses to leave; Barbie, a 22-year-old from Kentucky, who wants to get the full English experience even though she is getting pressure from her parents to settle down; Bates, a 21-year-old carefree spirit from Ohio, who does not fit into his family's Amish lifestyle and dreams of one day becoming an actor; and 21-year-old Matthias, who was adopted by his Amish parents in Ohio but has never officially joined the church.


Other Titles

  • Season 2 title: Breaking Amish: LA

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Hot Snakes Media


  • (Season 1) - New York City, New York USA
  • (Season 2) - Los Angeles, California USA
  • (Season 3) - Brooklyn, New York USA