A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
While there are some nods toward messages of tolerance, what comes across more strongly is the disrespect the cast members show to their former community and their family and vice versa.
Positive Role Models
Members of the Amish community are accused of being close-minded and discriminatory against the cast. They don't always get along, but the cast attempts to find support in each other because of their unique circumstances. Cast members don't take responsibility for some of their inappropriate behavior. Abe and Rebecca have a daughter, who they keep away from the cameras.
Violence & Scariness
Arguments lead to yelling, screaming, and crying. Both Amish and non-Amish insult and/or threaten cast members on camera; one keeps a hunting rifle near her door out of fear that people who disapprove of her choices will try to hurt her. One cast member's boyfriend is in prison for assault. One cast member has a bad temper, and has a history of being violent.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Scenes from Breaking Amish include conversations about sex acts. Words like "ho" are audible. Cast members discuss "hooking up" with each other.
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Words like "hell," "ass," "piss," audible; curses like "f--k" and "s--t" bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (beer, wine, mixed drinks) and cigarette smoking visible. Cast members sometimes get drunk; references are made to one person being an alcoholic.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the reality spinoff Breaking Amish: Brave New World features the now ex-Amish and ex-Mennonite cast trying to create new lives for themselves in the secular, world. Like the original, it contains some sexual references, strong language, and lots of drinking and drunken behavior.
Is It Any Good?
Brave New World attempts to continue its parent series' original narrative by revealing how each cast member is struggling to adapt to the culture of the English (non-Amish) world and gain a sense of belonging, while quietly holding on to what they love about their former communities, who no longer want anything to do with them. But most of the focus is on the soap opera-like relationships between the members of the group, most of what appears obviously contrived to create lots of voyeuristically entertaining moments.
Much is made about the intolerant acts members of their former Amish/Mennonite communities have committed against the cast since they left their homes. While this is troubling, some viewers may also take issue with their failure to take any real responsibility for the on-camera behavior that has inspired this hostility, like drinking heavily, engaging in casual sexual encounters, and in some cases, openly disparaging the Amish and Mennonite way of life. As a result, rather than being inspired by their courage to find their own way, you are just left feeling disappointed by their antics.
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