Amish are all the rage

Cable networks are scrambling to pick up more shows about the traditionalist Christian group

By Prachi Gupta
December 6, 2012 9:30PM (UTC)
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Reality TV, the territory of rich housewifes and famous-for-being-famous celebrities, has a new, unlikely star: the Amish. The intensely private, traditional Christian sect are turning some network heads after hit show "Breaking Amish," which follows five Amish young adults as they come-of-age in big, scary New York City,  scored TLC its highest premiere ratings among women in over three years. And, despite the fact that the whole thing might have been fake, audiences want to see more good-kids-gone-sort-of-bad.

Discovery Channel is launching "Amish Mafia" on Dec. 12 and Variety reports that the National Geographic Channel is developing a series about how the Amish "conduct business," which will be the second Amish show in their line-up.


Of course, not to be outdone, Lifetime is set to air a most-likely "ridiculous"Amish murder mystery starring Neve Campbell on Jan. 6.

Presumably, only vain or rebellious members of the Amish community will star in any of these shows, as The Amish community frowns upon posing for photos.

h/t Variety

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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