Amish Mafia worst show on television
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From the first time I watched the show, I never thought that "Amish Mafia" would run on television longer than a season or two.
Unfortunately, I was wrong about that. The show began its third season in late February and aired its sixth episode of the season last night.
Episodes of "Amish Mafia" air Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. on the Discovery Channel and run an hour long. Not only is it one of the worst shows on Discovery and an awful way to spend an hour, but it's easily one of the worst shows on primetime television right now.
"Amish Mafia" takes place in four states with Amish populations - Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin. The show follows Lebanon Levi, the hotheaded boss of the Lancaster mafia from Lancaster County, Penn., who, despite identifying himself as Amish and as a protector, seems to break every rule of Amish culture to uphold peace and the very same laws he's breaking. Levi drives around in flashy Cadillac with large rims. Wait, what happened to the horse-drawn buggy?
Levi is accompanied by his soft-spoken right-hand man Alvin, and his enforcer Jolin, who seems to be one of the most realistic characters on the show because he is not Amish, but a Mennonite, meaning he's allowed things like guns, electricity and many of the freedoms that the Amish do not have.
There is also John, a worker of Levi's who helps maintain peace in the Amish community and wants to follow in his late father's footsteps, who worked the same line of work protecting the community. Then there is John's sister Esther who is a strong woman, which is uncommon for Amish country.
Aside from all the unbelievable antics of these characters and other discrepancies, another thing that stands out is how "made-up" the women on the show are, as they are very obviously wearing makeup. It all feels very Hollywood, like none of what is being shown is factual or authentic.
As most people know from history class, the Amish community is old fashioned. They drive horse buggies instead of cars and they do not have cell phones or electricity. Well, most of them don't.
From Levi driving his brand new Cadillac and talking on his iPhone, to the illegal partying where the Amish are drinking alcohol, smoking cannabis and doing other drugs, it makes one wonder how realistic "Amish Mafia" really is, or how hypocritical keepers of the law ever made their way to positions of authority.
The Amish accept the recording and the photographing by the television network, yet forbid self-photographing within the community. But the fact of the matter is they are being filmed for television and broadcast all over, despite it infringing on their principles.
One of the Amish beliefs prohibits the habits that feed individualism and greed. That is not the case with Levi, or anyone else on the show for that matter. Anybody that agrees to have their lives broadcast on a major television network in a "reality TV" setting is clearly in it for the money.
Don't be surprised if there is a fourth season of "Amish Mafia" in the works, despite dwindling viewership.
According to TV by the Numbers and The Futon Critic, "Amish Mafia" had almost 3.5 million viewers when the show first started.
As the series has developed, the number of viewers has dwindled and now sits at less than 2 million viewers on average.
No one should spend an hour's worth of time on a Tuesday night to watch this show. It's horrible.
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