Reality Check: Amish Mafia


Nicole Burdette, The Ryan Seacrest of the Newspaper

To those outside the realm of the Amish, its community of reclusiveness and borderline archaic lifestyle is very intriguing, which is why reality Amish shows have received an abundance of viewership. However, not all that is shown in these series is accurate. In fact, pretty much all of it is fake. One notably simulated Amish reality show is “Amish Mafia”.

The show follows the daily toils of Lebanon Levi, who, along with his three assistants, works as a “fixer” to protect the Amish community in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. His job is to maintain peace and his role ultimately serves above the law as he is the police, judge, and jury.

It is hard to believe this show depicts realties from Lancaster’s Amish community simply due to its contradicting concepts. How is a mafia allowed and respected in a highly religious community that shuns acts of violence? This misjudgment stems from the title. Levi does not lead a “mafia”, it is more so a neighborhood watch. The misleading title is the cheapest form of reality TV “clickbait” and creates a plastic pretense before even viewing the show.

Many skeptics have already voiced their judgments against this show, one reputable review is from The New York Times.

The newspaper said in regard to “Amish Mafia”, “The fictional vibe is reinforced by the clumsiness of the shakedowns, which seem stiff and awkward even for Amish country, and by the enthusiasm with which the four principals break the law on camera: shooting out a car window, cutting off a suspected adulterer’s buggy on the road and forcing their way into someone else’s motel room.”

Although it may be entertaining, “Amish Mafia” is not real, and it is concerning that the TV station, Discovery Channel, maintains the idea that it is.