Breaking Amish

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Breaking Amish
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Also known as Breaking Amish: Los Angeles
Genre Reality
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 24
Production
Running time 42 to 44 minutes
Production company(s) Hot Snakes Media
Broadcast
Original channel TLC
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run September 9, 2012 (2012-09-09) – present (present)
Chronology
Related shows

Breaking Amish: Brave New World

Return to Amish
External links
Website

Breaking Amish, the second season of which carries a subtitle as Breaking Amish: Los Angeles, is an American reality television series on TLC that debuted September 9, 2012.[1] The series revolves around five young Anabaptist adults (four Amish and one Mennonite) who move to New York City in order to experience a different life and to make a difficult decision regarding whether to return to their communities, or to remain outside their old communities and face potential ostracism by their family and friends.[2] It follows the cast members as they experience life in New York and face new situations involving work, friendship, romance, and lifestyle, plus the drama that develops between cast members as they undergo various experiences.[3]

The cast-members' move to New York City differs from Rumspringa, the rite of passage in which some 16-year-old Amish are allowed to experience the outside world and to decide whether or not they wish to remain with their home communities.

In February 2013, TLC ordered a second season of Breaking Amish.[4] On April 3, 2013, TLC confirmed this was not a second season but a spinoff, Breaking Amish: Brave New World, starring the original cast members starting their lives in Sarasota, Florida, home to a large ex-Amish and Amish community.[5][6] The second season, subtitled as Breaking Amish: Los Angeles, premiered on July 21, 2013.[5]

On May 1, 2014, it was announced that Breaking Amish had spawned another spinoff, titled Return to Amish. The spinoff will follow Breaking Amish season one cast members (all live in Pennsylvania at the time of production, except for Kate, who lives in New York City).[7] The two-hour premiere episode, which debuted on June 1, 2014, kicked off the seven-episode first season.[8]

Controversy[edit]

Shortly after airing the first episode it was reported by several news outlets that all of the cast had left their respective communities prior to taping the show, or that they were already married.[9] It also has been reported that the relationships between cast members were portrayed falsely and that there were many inconsistencies between fact and the reality that was represented in the television program.[10][11][12][13] The production has been forthcoming with some of the 'non-Amish' activities in the background of the cast. As episodes progressed, the production steadily revealed other aspects of the cast's past activities, including items not previously released as spoilers by other media outlets.

Some of the information shared on air by the cast during the production:

Season 1[edit]

  • In episode 1 it is shown that Kate had spent time in Florida, driving and getting a DUI.
  • In the extended version of episode 3 Jeremiah states that he was kicked out of the Amish three different times, dressing 'English' each time.
  • In episode 6 Jeremiah states, when Abe talks about marrying Rebecca, that he was once married.
  • In episode 7 Abe and Rebecca discuss how they used to sneak off – with her boyfriend and with others – to dress 'English' and go bowling.
  • In episode 7 Rebecca discusses how Abe once moved to Kentucky and she to North Dakota, renewing their friendship when they returned to their Amish community.
  • In episode 8 Sabrina discusses the fact that she had been married, in 2009, to a Mennonite man – and that marrying a best friend does not always work out.
  • In episode 10 Rebecca states that she had been married directly after her 18th birthday in 2009 and divorced in July 2012. She also mentions that she has a daughter.
  • In episode 12 the group discuss the fact that many Amish teenagers will sneak out and dress 'English', and so it is no surprise to find pictures of them, or many other teenage Amish, during excursions outside of the community.

Cast[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Cast Age1 Community Details
Abe Schmucker[14] 22 Amish From Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.[15]
Jeremiah Raber[16] 32 Amish Adopted by an Amish family, grew up in Holmes County, Ohio.
Kate Stoltzfus[17] 21 Amish Daughter of a bishop, grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, previously spent some time in Florida.
Rebecca Byler[14] 20 Amish From Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
Sabrina High[14] 26 Mennonite Adopted by a Mennonite family, born to Puerto Rican and Italian parents.

Season 2[edit]

Cast[18] Age1 Community Details
Iva Troyer 19 Amish Originally from Ohio, but grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Dated Jeremiah from season one, despite one scene supposedly being staged.
Betsy Yoder 21 Amish Adopted by an Amish family and lives in Holmes County, Ohio. She is married to Allen Yoder.
Devon Miller 21 Amish Lives at home with his parents in Shipshewana, Indiana.
Lizzie Stoltzfus 21 Amish Grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and is secretly pregnant with her first child.
Sam Stoltzfus 26 Amish Grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and is Lizzie's brother.
Matt Bristol[19] 24 Mennonite From East Earl, Pennsylvania. His family joined the Mennonite community when he was seven years old.
Andrew Schmucker[20] 26 Amish From Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Confirmed on Breaking Amish: Brave New World - The Shunning Truth: Part 2 episode. He is the brother of Abe from season one.[20] He tremendously enjoys strippers while he himself is shirtless. He is also an ex-con. Was recently re-sentenced and presently in jail with regard to drug use.

^Note 1 : Age at the time of filming.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale
1 12 September 9, 2012 (2012-09-09) November 18, 2012 (2012-11-18)
2 12 July 21, 2013 (2013-07-21) September 29, 2013 (2013-09-29)

Season 1 (2012-2013)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
1 1 "Jumping the Fence" September 16, 2012 (2012-09-16) 3.09[21]
The premiere of a reality series following five men and women from Amish and Mennonite communities as they seek the possibility of leaving their old lives behind for new ones in New York City, though they also run the risk of saying good-bye to their family and friends forever.
2 2 "What Have We Gotten Ourselves Into?" September 30, 2012 (2012-09-30) 2.88[22]
The Amish find themselves in chaotic and vibrant New York City. Romance may be in the offing as the newcomers adjust to life in New York City, but their fresh start also comes with an air of tension.
3 3 "Breaking All the Rules" October 6, 2012 (2012-10-06) 2.78[23]
The cast breaks Amish & Mennonite rules by buying "English" clothes and getting tattoos. The cast grows more comfortable in the city when they get wardrobe makeovers and tattoos, and Kate and Rebecca mull modeling careers, but surprise visits by Abe's and Rebecca's families could put an end to this experiment. Also, Jeremiah has his first driving lesson.
4 4 "New Beginnings" October 13, 2012 (2012-10-13) 3.00[24]
Rebecca confronts a difficult episode from her past. Kate succumbs to the pressure of being shunned by her family. Sabrina tries to find out more about her ethnic background. Jeremiah continues his driving lessons with a different instructor.
5 5 "What Is Really Happening?" November 3, 2012 (2012-11-03) 2.43[25]
The cast discusses the pros and cons of the Amish life. Abe accompanies Jeremiah to a strip club. Rebecca uncovers Kate's Florida DUI arrest record which Kate must confront. Sabrina continues to look towards exploring her ethnic background.
6 6 "Good vs. Evil" November 10, 2012 (2012-11-10) 3.21[26]
Kate wears a bikini for her first photo shoot. Abe wants to take his relationship with Rebecca a step further. Sabrina, along with Kate, Abe and Rebecca visit the Museum of Sex.
7 7 "Final Days" November 24, 2012 (2012-11-24) 3.38[27]
Kate finds she is ousted from the others. Sabrina learns the whereabouts of her biological father, though she and Jeremiah keep a secret from the rest. Rebecca reveals a part of her past that she is not really in the mood to discuss. The cast makes a tough decision while packing their bags.
8 8 "Decision Time" February 28, 2013 (2013-02-28) 3.87[28]
The men and women go home to decide whether they will return to their communities or leave them behind for a new life, which may mean saying good-bye to their families and friends forever.
9 9 "Party Time" March 11, 2013 (2013-03-11) 3.33[29]
Sabrina uncovers her late birth mother's letters. Kate begins to accept the reality of her situation. Abe and Rebecca plan their eventual wedding. Jeremiah and Sabrina plan bachelor and bachelorette parties respectively for the engaged.
10 10 "Finale" March 18, 2013 (2013-03-18) 3.80[30]
Cast members' tempers flare following pre-wedding parties. Abe and Rebecca get frustrated on wedding plans. Jeremiah is curious of how Sabrina feels about their relationship.
11 11 "The Shunning Truth — Part 1" March 25, 2013 (2013-03-25) 3.88[30]
Michelle Beadle hosts as the cast reunites to discuss their first time in NYC, and even relates to relationships with their families and friends, their possible brushes with the law and the authenticity of their Amish or Mennonite lives.
12 12 "The Shunning Truth — Part 2" April 8, 2013 (2013-04-08) 3.06[31]
Michelle Beadle hosts as the cast continues to speak about their lives, their cultural origins and the rumors and allegations that need to be addressed.

Season 2 (2013-2014)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
13 1 "Family Secrets" October 25, 2013 (2013-10-25) 1.94[32]
Iva, Matt, Lizzie, Betsy and Devon risk losing everything when they venture outside of their Amish and Mennonite lifestyles.
14 2 "Exodus" November 8, 2013 (2013-11-08) 1.77[33]
The cast members arrive with temptation looming around every corner. Lizzie can't keep her secret hidden much longer.
15 3 "Black Sheep" November 15, 2013 (2013-11-15) 1.81[34]
An unexpected visitor enters the house demanding to see Lizzie; another latecomer joins the group.
16 4 "Metamorphosis" November 22, 2013 (2013-11-22) 2.03[35]
The group members trade traditional Amish clothes for a modern English makeover. Betsy's behavior grows more suspicious.
17 5 "Exile" December 6, 2013 (2013-12-06) 1.66[36]
Betsy is confronted after a revelation. Iva asks for Sam's help. The group takes an impromptu trip to Las Vegas.
18 6 "Sin City" December 13, 2013 (2013-12-13) 1.85[37]
The group travels to Las Vegas. Matt is wary of temptation. Betsy plans to expose the truth.
19 7 "Judgement Day" December 20, 2013 (2013-12-20) 1.43[38]
Tensions rise within the group. Matt starts an internship with a fashion designer. Devon's actions ruin Lizzie's surprise baby shower.
20 8 "Into the Fire" January 3, 2014 (2014-01-03) 1.52[39]
Matt preaches forgiveness to a skeptical crowd. Betsy learns news that prompts a trip to Mexico. Matt delivers his first presentation in fashion.
21 9 "Paradise Lost" January 10, 2014 (2014-01-10) 1.82[40]
The group travels home from LA. Matt's reception from his parents is more dramatic than ever anticipated. Andrew goes home to mother Mary. The father of Lizzie's baby is revealed when she goes into labor.
22 10 "Cast Off" January 24, 2014 (2014-01-24) 1.84[41]
Sam confronts the father of his sister's newborn baby. Lizzie has a big decision to make. Andrew's past comes back. Matt reveals big news.
23 11 "Redemption" February 14, 2014 (2014-02-14) 1.51[42]
Sam confesses about what happened with Betsy. Matt's warrant for arrest. The group meets Lizzie's baby.
24 12 "The Shunning Truth" February 28, 2014 (2014-02-28) 1.57[42]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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