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Breaking Amish

Alissa Scheller

Would You Guess There Are Fewer Amish Today? You'd Be So Wrong | Alissa Scheller | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion

There’s no denying that the Amish are fascinating to the rest of us ("the English," in Amish terms). They’re the topic of reality television sh...

Aunt Of 'Breaking Amish' Reality Star Missing

Posted 07.22.2014 | Crime

Authorities in Virginia are trying to locate a missing mother of seven, who is related to one of the stars of TLC's hit reality show "Breaking Amish."...

This Awesome New Reality Show Is Like Nun Other

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 04.24.2014 | TV

It used to be nun-ya business, but Lifetime is about to change all that. The cable network has announced that it is moving forward with "The Sister...

Soy Sex Story: Atrocious 'Reporting' on Insular Religious Groups

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

Sloppy reporting doesn't only damage the credibility of the news outlets, it creates tolerance for a lack of intensive investigation, diverts attention from legitimate news, and can unfairly malign largely defenseless insular religious groups.

'Breaking Amish: LA': Sam Freaks Out Over Sister's Baby Daddy

Posted 09.23.2013 | TV

Viewers finally met Lizzie's baby daddy on "Breaking Amish: LA," and he was not what anyone was expecting. Hoj is a black bodybuilder/barber who isn't...

Witchy Woman!

Posted 09.06.2013 | TV

"Breaking Amish: LA" (Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on TLC) isn't just shining the spotlight on Amish and Mennonite young adults looking to experience life ou...

Roommate Kicked Out On 'Breaking Amish: LA'

Posted 09.02.2013 | TV

It looks like it is possible to stir up too much drama on a reality show. On the latest episode of "Breaking Amish: LA," the gang decided that they we...

Building Amish: Young Women, Baptists Among the Real Seekers of Anabaptist Life

David Briggs | Posted 10.30.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

"I am a Christian. I don't like the way the English teenagers live. I have always treasured the simple life and the way the Amish live and am looking to hopefully become Amish when I'm old enough," said one teen who described herself as "a modest young lady."

How Does A Toothless Amish Man Brush His Teeth?

The Huffington Post | Maggie Furlong | Posted 08.23.2013 | TV

Amish people on reality TV -- they're nothing like us! "Breaking Amish: LA" (Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on TLC) has taken their Amish and Mennonite expe...

'Breaking Amish: LA': Witchcraft Spooks The House

Posted 08.19.2013 | TV

Apparently there was more to Betsy than even her Amish upbringing and marriage on "Breaking Amish: LA." On the latest episode of the show, the roommat...

'Breaking Amish' Tackles Sex With Satan (Seriously)

The Huffington Post | Maggie Furlong | Posted 08.16.2013 | TV

If you thought TLC's fish-out-of-Amish-water docuseries couldn't get any weirder, you were wrong. HuffPost TV has an exclusive sneak peek at this ...

'Breaking Amish: LA' Star: 'I Did Something Bad'

The Huffington Post | Maggie Furlong | Posted 07.19.2013 | TV

TLC's hit series "Breaking Amish" follows rebellious Amish and Mennonite men and women as they explore the world outside of their sheltered communitie...

Fake Amish and the Real Ones

Donald Kraybill | Posted 09.17.2013 | Religion
Donald Kraybill

TLC has found another crew of renegade Amish and Mennonite youth to cast for Breaking Amish . If the LA version is anything like the previous Breaking Amish or Amish Mafia, not only will the "reality" show include heavy doses of fiction, it will also fabricate more myths about Amish life that deserve a good debunking.

'Breaking Amish' Reunion: Did Andrew Sleep With Rebecca?

Posted 07.15.2013 | TV

A big truth actually came out during the second "Shunning Truth" reunion special for "Breaking Amish: Brave New World." Abe's brother, Andrew, admitte...

'Breaking Amish': Kate Makes Out With A Woman

Posted 06.24.2013 | TV

On "Breaking Amish: Brave New World," Kate crossed what would have been a line in the Amish community. Jeremiah showed them a cell phone video of her ...

'Breaking Amish': Rebecca Can't Get Job Because Of Show

Posted 06.17.2013 | TV

Being a part of the first breakout season of "Breaking Amish" came back to haunt Rebecca on the latest episode of the spin-off series "Breaking Amish:...

Meet The Cast Of 'Breaking Amish: LA'

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.14.2013 | TV

The second season of "Breaking Amish" will relocate to LA with a new cast of Amish and Mennonite young adults, and TLC has released a first look at so...

'Breaking Amish': Abe Hugs His Mother For The First Time

Posted 06.11.2013 | TV

Once again, Abe's mom took center stage on the latest episode of "Breaking Amish: Brave New World." With the younger people of the cast having already...

'Breaking Amish': Abe's Family's First Encounter With African-Americans

Posted 06.03.2013 | TV

Abe's mother and sister decided to travel down to Florida to surprise him and his friends on "Breaking Amish: Brave New World." Luckily -- ahem -- the...

'Breaking Amish' Gets Nasty

Posted 05.31.2013 | TV

TLC's "Breaking Amish: Brave New World" had the former Amish and Mennonite women from "Breaking Amish" relocate to Florida for some fun in the sun, bu...

Another 'Breaking Amish' History Lesson

Posted 05.27.2013 | TV

In what might be the biggest cultural divide yet on "Breaking Amish: Brave New World," this week the reality TV stars had no idea who Martin Luther Ki...

'Breaking Amish': Cast Doesn't Know Lincoln, White House

Posted 05.20.2013 | TV

The gang revealed that they didn't know a lot about the country they lived in on the latest episode of "Breaking Amish: Brave New World." When they re...

'Breaking Amish' Is Taking A 'Brave' Step

Posted 04.03.2013 | TV

Off with their bonnets! "Breaking Amish" cast members Abe, Rebecca, Kate, Sabrina and Jeremiah are making a fresh start for themselves in Sarasota, Fl...

'Breaking Amish' Gets Another Season In A New City

Posted 02.25.2013 | TV

TLC has renewed "Breaking Amish" for a second season. The reality series, which followed five Amish and Mennonite young adults as they left their insu...

Living With The Amish: How One Small Community Balances Two Conflicting Worlds

Robin Elizabeth Herr, Ph.D. | Posted 04.02.2013 | Religion
Robin Elizabeth Herr, Ph.D.

After living on an Amish dairy farm for a year, I agree with those who argue that the reality programs reflect a lack of knowledge of the plain folk. The Amish community I associated with had an intimate and sensible relationship to the mainstream world. The beauty is how they managed it.