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Breaking Amish is a reality show on The Learning Channel, that follows four young adults, in their quest to learn about the world. In this case, specifically New York City. The five people are; Kate, Sabrina, Jeremiah, Rebecca and Abe. The series interviews each one of them, to find out why they want to leave the Amish lifestyle. The series explains that, of these five young adults, they represent two types of Amish. One traditional and one Mennonite. The difference being that Mennonites are allowed to have electricity, Amish are not.

When the series first begins, after all five of the people are interviewed, the series follows them to New York City. The are seen drinking, getting tattoos, and just being shocked at the vast differences between their previous simple lifestyles, and the technologically filled world of Manhattan. They are really experiencing falling into a different century than they grew up with.

The Amish groups have a tradition called Rumspringa, where young people who have reached adolescence, leave their community for a short time, to see what the outside world looks like. Then they either return and get baptized in their community, or remain in the outside world.

This series, on the other hand, watches these five people, who have no intention of ever returning to their community. The series follows them as they experience all forms of electricity inventions for the very first times. Elevators, escalators, electric lights, and hundreds of other marvels of modern society, that everyone else takes completely for granted.

Two of the women were interviewed on CNN with Anderson Cooper. One was a Mennonite, the other from the traditional Amish. The more traditional one recollected the time she got temporarily confused, because of a card key in her hotel elevator. All the people experienced joy, embarrassment, and all the other experiences anyone else would feel, when you are in modern society, dressed up in 17th century clothes.

Each one of the people interviewed have their own personal reasons for leaving. Rebecca, for example, admits on camera to not agreeing with a patriarchal way of life. This show was not without some controversy. Information was dug up that one of the 5 people actually had already previously left his community. He had married and then returned. However, the producers stated that they already knew that, and it would be explained later, as part of the show.

Sunday 10:00 PM et/pt on TLC
7 Seasons, 68 Episodes
September 9, 2012
Cast: Jeremiah Raber, Rebecca, Sabrina, Abe Schmucker
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Breaking Amish Full Episode Guide

  • Mary takes Jeremiah and Carmela to Las Vegas for the honeymoon they never got, but a fight between Abe and Jeremiah jeopardizes the trip; Mary gets the family together for Jeremiah and Carmela's vow renewal; Rebecca and Sabrina come face to face.

  • Mary supports Sabrina at a custody trial for her newborn baby; Carmela leaves Jeremiah after an explosive disagreement; Rebecca takes her GED test and is surprised by Abe's reaction.

  • Storms calm as everyone makes up in Florida; Jeremiah and Carmela see a specialist to determine if they're able to have children; Mary hosts a baby shower for Sabrina; Sabrina goes into labor one month before her due date.

  • Abe and Mary lend a hand to Jeremiah and Carmela around the house with an agreement that they all visit their old stomping grounds of Sarasota, Fla.

  • Sabrina's plan of experiencing a home birth is in danger when medical concerns are uncovered. Also, Jeremiah and Carmela's new homeowner tension starts to take a toll on their marriage.

  • The cast comes back with new goals as well as new problems; Sabrina engages in a custody fight for Oakley while dealing with a pregnancy.

  • Kate has a lot to show at Fashion Week in L. A.; the cast attend Jeremiah's nuptials; Mary makes a choice about her future.

  • Kate visits L. A. for an opportunity to make a name for herself at Fashion Week; Mary contemplates her future in Pennsylvania; Abe and Rebecca make a decision concerning his teeth; Sabrina receives news about her daughter's custody; Jeremiah makes an announcement.

  • An Old Christmas party brings the cast back to Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, Kate receives negative news concerning her internship; and supper is interrupted by a conflict between Jeremiah and Kate.

  • Mary makes an Amish meal trying to bring peace and togetherness to the crew. Meanwhile, Jeremiah spends time with his children in New York City; Rebecca talks about her bakery job with Abe; and Sabrina has a special date.

  • Esther makes a compromise with Mary to experience English life; Sabrina's scared about speaking at NYU; bitterness builds between Rebecca and Sabrina.

  • Abe considers his dental work and wonders if the expense is worth compromising his Amish beliefs. Meanwhile, Mary's youngest daughter, Esther, shows up in New York City, which causes tension with Rebecca.

  • The whole gang heads to the Big Apple to surprise Kate and revisit old memories; Jeremiah talks to Sabrina about his long distance relationship; Mary secretly sends for help from Punxsutawney.

  • A new season opens with Mary getting a new start, but she'll need everyone's support to succeed. Also, Kate proceeds to navigate the New York City fashion scene; and Sabrina has an emotional reuniting with Abe and Rebecca.

  • A preview of the new season showcases a view of the journeys of "Return to Amish" cast members, including Abe, Rebecca, Sabrina, Jeremiah and Kate.

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Breaking Amish Video Clips & Extras

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