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Return to Amish

Return to Amish

Photo Credit:  TLC
  • Premiered: 
    June 1, 2014
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  • Network: TLC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Third "Amish" series, preceded by Breaking Amish: Brave New World 
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  • Tags: Amish

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Plot Synopsis

RETURN TO AMISH is a one-hour reality series that follows five young men and women -- Abe, Rebecca, Sabrina, Jeremiah, and Kate -- who left their sheltered Amish and Mennonite lives for NYC in Season 1 of BREAKING AMISH, traveled to Sarasota, FL, in BREAKING AMISH: BRAVE NEW WORLD, and have moved on to the next phases of their lives. The entire group has now decided to return to Pennsylvania with the exception of Kate, who has chosen to stay in NYC. Mary, Katie Ann, and Andrew all return as well, while this series introduces viewers to Chester (Mary's husband), Chapel (Andrew's girlfriend) and Kayla (Rebecca's daughter). With two new babies on the way, the original group is growing fast. Abe and Rebecca prepare to welcome their baby into the family with both Amish and English traditions as they continue to adjust to married life. Sabrina's goes through the ups and downs of her pregnancy, with little to no support from her Mennonite family. Jeremiah's love life and current entrepreneurial pursuits are also highlighted, as is Mary's ongoing struggles with being shunned by the community. And as Andrew is newly released from jail, he tries to start fresh with his on-again, off-again girlfriend Chapel, while simultaneously trying to mend his relationship with his family -- a work in progress at best. Cameras also follow Kate as she officially becomes a New Yorker -- living on her own, dating in the big city, and focusing on her budding modeling career. TLC aired a two-hour series premiere of RETURN TO AMISH from 9-11pm ET/PT on Sunday, June 1, 2014, immediately following a one-hour special, "Return to Amish: Our Journey So Far," at 8pm ET/PT, which revisited the men and women of BREAKING AMISH, while reliving the journey of Abe, Rebecca, Sabrina, Jeremiah, and Kate.

RETURN TO AMISH returned for its second season on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT on TLC, immediately following a new two-hour special "Countdown to the New Season" (7-9pm) and an all-day marathon (Noon-7pm) of encore episodes from Season 1. When Season 2 opens, Mary's shunning by the Amish church continues, but Chester is in the process of making peace with the bishop. Abe and Rebecca are raising their family, while coming to terms with the idea that their Amish past is getting further and further behind them. In New York City, Kate continues to model, but she undergoes plastic surgery that could greatly affect her career. Jeremiah attempts to regain some of his heritage in order to stabilize his life, and Katie Ann starts to feel a pull back toward the English life she once flirted with. Chapel deals with an unknown future, and Andrew throws her and the rest of the family for a loop by getting himself back into trouble. Later in the season, with Mary's health in question, the family rallies around her to help make her dreams a reality. While Chapel still struggles with her illness, Andrew reverts back to his old ways which lands him in jail. Kate returns after the news of Mary's poor health, and Jeremiah steps in to launch the bed and breakfast successfully. For the first time, viewers also meet Jeremiah's children, and everyone must put aside their differences to help Mary in her times of need.

Season 3 of RETURN TO AMISH premiered on on Sunday, July 10, 2016 from 9-11pm ET/PT on TLC, immediately following a six-hour marathon (1-7pm) of encore episodes and a two-hour preview (7-9pm) of the new season. The crew visits New York City to remember the pivotal moments and ground-breaking memories they had when they first experienced the culture outside of the Amish community. From strangers to friends and now more like family, this season highlights big decisions, shocking announcements and rekindled friendships of the beloved Amish group. On the upcoming season, Sabrina reunites with the rest of the crew after battling addiction. Clean and sober, her main goal is to regain custody of her daughter, Oakley. She convinces Mary, Jeremiah, Abe, and Rebecca to visit Kate in New York to recharge their friendships. Kate continues to pursue her dream of working in the fashion industry beyond modeling by taking classes and trying to secure a high profile internship. She's found that making a name for herself is much more difficult than she imagined. While in the city, Abe and Rebecca spend quality time together to try and get the spark back in their relationship. With Abe on the road the majority of the time, the first years of marriage have not been easy, but being in the city where he and Rebecca fell in love reminds them of the reasons they are together. After being banished from the Amish church, Mary has a big decision to make about her future. The group rallies around her to support her during the transition, and Jeremiah makes an announcement about his long distance relationship that leaves everybody in shock.

On Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 8-10pm ET/PT, TLC premiered the fourth season of RETURN TO AMISH, which consist of six new two-hour episodes. Season 4 continues to follow the lives of Mary, Abe, Rebecca, Sabrina, Jeremiah and Carmela. As they continue to acclimate to a new culture after leaving their Amish community behind, the crew is realizing life doesn't get any easier over time. This season, the gang faces their greatest challenges yet. Mary finds herself at a crossroads with some of the Punxsutawney Amish when an elder denies her access to her own father's funeral. Feeling betrayed, Mary decides to try a number of the English activities she's always resisted. But will her husband Chester get caught between his wife and his community? The struggle to keep a family together doesn't stop there. Sabrina is pregnant with her second child and in a renewed custody battle for her daughter, Oakley. Against Abe's wishes, Rebecca seeks to get her GED in an effort to become a more independent woman, sparking tension between the two. Newlyweds Jeremiah and Carmela find themselves struggling with their marriage as they try to move cross country and start their own family. With Abe and Rebecca refusing to speak with Sabrina, and Jeremiah and Carmela already at odds in the first year of marriage, the group is as splintered as ever. Now Mary is taking it upon herself to bring everyone back together as the strong family they once were.

Season 5 of RETURN TO AMISH premiered on Sunday, November 18, 2018 from 10pm-Midnight ET/PT on TLC. 'Mama' Mary Schmucker, Sabrina Burkholder, Jeremiah Raber, and Carmela Raber return for a new season, and they're joined by newcomers Lowell, Shelly and Dawn. In the two-hour season opener, "Leaving Everything Behind," Mary must decide if she will rejoin the Amish church; Jeremiah and Carmela make a risky decision to save their marriage; Sabrina must prove to Jeremiah that she's changed; Shelly, Lowell, and Dawn decide to explore the English world.

RETURN TO AMISH returned for its sixth season on Monday, March 22, 2021 at 9pm ET/PT on TLC. Jeremiah and his wife Carmella are back, with Jeremiah on the hunt for his biological family, but false leads and tragedy threaten to derail his search. Sabrina returns as well, and this time she's juggling a fourth pregnancy and her relationship with the father, Jethro, and also celebrating a year of sobriety. Viewers will be introduced to Rosanna and Maureen as they leave their tight-knit Amish communities for the first time, traveling to join Jeremiah, Carmella and Sabrina to experience many "firsts" in the non-Amish world. Rosanna's sheltered life hasn't prepared her to deal with the stress of the English, or non-Amish, world, but she's determined to soak up her new surroundings. Maureen is similarly excited to experience the English world, and a budding relationship has the potential to help her acclimate even faster.

Season 7 of RETURN TO AMISH premiered on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 at 10pm ET/PT on TLC. This season, the group heads to Florida, where new Amish cast members take a deep dive into the unknown as they leave their restrictive settlements in search of their hopes and dreams. Kenneth wishes to be the first Amish player to make a Division 1 college basketball team; Daniel wants to find a wife from the non-Amish world; and Fannie will be seeking answers for who she truly is rather than who she's told to be. Meanwhile, Rosana, Ada, Maureen, Sabrina, Jethro, Jeremiah and Carmela face new challenges and struggles as they continue to navigate their lives among the old-order Amish and non-Amish worlds. However, things do not go as planned as unrestricted freedom proves to be terrifying and anxiety-inducing, causing some to face lifelong consequences. In the season opener, "Karma Carmela Chameleon," while Ada hopes Maureen will join her in Florida, Jeremiah and Carmela get away from the stress of baby making. Rosanna must choose between her Amish boyfriend or the non-Amish life, and Jethro has left Sabrina while she is pregnant with their third child.
On Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 10pm ET/PT, TLC premiered "Funky Cold Sabrina," the Season 7 finale of RETURN TO AMISH. Jeremiah pays tribute to his father; Rosanna's brother, Ray, gets arrested, and she and Johnny face an uncertain future; Fannie confesses her feelings to Daniel; after Sabrina gives birth, everyone comes together to meet Sabrina's baby.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Hot Snakes Media


  • - Pennsylvania USA