A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series looks at the various joys and challenges of people who have left the Amish community demonstrating how difficult their choices are and shining a light on some of the appeal of mainstream life. There is an element of voyeurism involved at watching this unique community struggle with their difficult choices.
Positive Role Models
Mose Gingerich acts as a mentor to folks who have left the Amish community and to those considering entering into it.
Violence & Scariness
The slaughtering and butchering of farm animals is occasionally visible. One ex-Amish man is training with mixed martial artist.
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Occasionally words like "hell," "damn," and "ass" are audible; "s--t" is bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
References are occasionally made to Camaros and other cars
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer drinking is visible at bars and ex-Amish parties. Some cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Amish: Out of Order is a documentary series featuring ex-Amish members as they assimilate into a mainstream lifestyle, which sometimes includes drinking, swearing, and other iffy behavior. It features some occasional salty vocab ("hell," "ass"; curses like "s--t" are rare and bleeped). Some episodes contain violent elements like slaughtering farm animals for food, mixed martial arts cage fighting, and car accidents. The ex-Amish, some who are teenagers, occasionally drink beer or smoke cigarettes.
Is It Any Good?
The series offers a sensitive look at the journeys of people who have chosen to leave their Amish communities for a life that they believe is better suited for them. While these folks don't openly disparage the Amish way of life, they reveal some of their feelings about needing to separate themselves from a community that they characterize as being loving, but overly-strict and narrow-minded.
It's both interesting and voyeuristic, but it offers some interesting insight into the unique challenges the ex-Amish face every day. It is also a show that helps the viewer understand a little bit more about the inner-conflict they experience when they leave everything they know in order to be part of the larger, secular world.
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