Temptations abound as a group of young Amish explore life beyond their Amish culture. Ultimately, they will make the biggest decision of their lives – to remain Amish/Mennonite or become English and face the consequences of being shunned by their family and friends.
Amish Mafia is an American television series on the Discovery Channel. The series debuted on December 12, 2012. It was announced in March 2013 that the series had been renewed for a second season of eight episodes, which premiered August 13, 2013.
Amish in the City is an American reality television series by Stick Figure Productions and UPN. The plot revolved around five Amish teenagers experiencing "modern" culture by living in a house with six mainstream American teenagers. The show follows the Amish teenagers as they explore their freedom from the Amish religious code, which is a common element of the Rumspringa period before they decide whether to join the Amish church. Typically, nearly 90% of teenagers end their Rumspringa with the choice to be baptized as Amish; however, at the conclusion of the show, it was unclear which of the show's participants chose not to return to the Amish church and which went back to the Amish way of life. Many accused the show of giving the participants an unrealistic view of "modern" culture and of showing the behavior of the unadjusted Amish like a "spectator sport" for mainstream American viewers. The producers stated that they plan to follow the original series with updates on the current status of the cast, especially since their decisions at the end of the series may change. The concept was initially denounced by some for appearing to capitalize upon popular stereotypes about the Amish; later critical reviews were more positive.
It's a culture clash, indeed. How does one cope without a smartphone, car and -- especially on construction projects, where power tools are the norm -- electricity? Rapper-turned-home renovator Vanilla Ice (aka Rob Van Winkle) finds out in a big way in this series, a follow-up to his popular DIY program "The Vanilla Ice Project." With no frills and no music -- but still topped with his favorite flat-brimmed baseball caps -- Ice visits a large Amish settlement in Ohio to learn the lost art of craftsmanship by hand. He embeds with a local family and bonds with a group of young Amish men and women, who teach him the traditions, practices and trades that have guided their way of life for centuries. Among the projects Ice and his newfound friends tackle are a kitchen reconstruction, a traditional barn-raising, a backyard patio, and a basement renovation.