Would You Watch A Show About A Bunch Of Amish Kids In New York City?
'Breaking Amish' Follows Five Who Have Been Shunned By Their Families For Going
Amish kids don't have it easy. While the rest of their peers spend their twenties dating, partying and getting their first taste of the real world, Amish young adults can't drive or ride in a car, can't use phones or watch TV, go to the dentist. And we all know what the dress code is like...
In TLC's new series, "Breaking Amish," a group of 20 and 30-somethings do exactly what the title says: they break away from their upbringing completely in order to move to the Big Apple. It's a huge risk that requires more than just packing a bag. Once an Amish person "breaks," their family and the rest of their community forever shun them.
Why do they want to do it? Rebecca, 20, dreams of being a model. After she informs her family, they promptly kick her out of the house. Another woman, Sabrina, 25, was adopted by an Amish family but is Puerto Rican - and she wants to see what other cultures are like. Another man, Jeremiah, simply wants to drive a car.
Let's just hope that, unlike "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," TLC doesn't exploit these kids just because they're a little different. Because we'd love nothing more than to see them succeed. A word of advice for the cast: if you meet a woman who says she's a Real Housewife, run, don't walk, in the other direction!
"Breaking Amish" Premieres September 9 at 10 pm on TLC.