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Amish Mafia second season brings more interest in the very private community of believers

Updated: Wednesday, August 14 2013, 05:19 PM CDT
Reported by: Chris Papst

LANCASTER -- Last night, season two of "Amish Mafia" returned to the Discovery Channel, and just like when season one debuted, everyone is talking about it.

It seems like the Amish culture is everywhere on TV. There's "Breaking Amish," "Amish Out of Order," and of course, "Amish Mafia." There's plenty of debate over whether these shows are good or bad for the Amish and their community.

"Amish Mafia" is a Discovery Channel show that follows main character "Lebanon Levi," and three of his assistants as they maintain order within the Amish community in Lancaster County. The series debuted in December 2012 and received massive ratings. The show has brought a lot of publicity to the area and propelled Amish life into the mainstream.

But some people don't like it, saying real Amish don't want to be in the mainstream. Plus, they say, there is no Amish Mafia.

"Pair the words 'Amish' and 'Mafia' together and you got an instant audience of people that are going to watch it. So, that's what is disconcerting to us is that people watch this and walk away not knowing what is and isn't true," Brad Igou, president of The Amish Experience.Amish Mafia second season brings more interest in the very private community of believers


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