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Amish Mafia

Discovery, Dec. 11, 10:30 p.m. ET/PT |


It’s hard to imagine a reality concept that could top one about Amish enforcers who help their community fight crime and sin. Maybe Amish SWAT or Extreme Barn Makeover? Lebanon Levi and his team, who all seem to be under the impression that Lancaster County exists somewhere in the mind of Quentin Tarantino, go after reckless drivers from the outside and Amish leaders with a taste for hookers. The music is full of confrontational dread, and the guys own hit-man-caliber rifles, but most scenes (which a credit note informs us involve re-creations) aren’t much worse than what you see when a consumer reporter shames a business on the local news. It’s more shoofly than pie, but amusing.

Six Little McGhees

OWN, Dec. 15, 10 p.m. ET/PT |


The McGhee sextuplets gained Internet fame (and an appearance on Oprah) after their mother posted a sweet family portrait on Facebook in 2010. In this new reality show, they’re on the cusp of the Terrible Twos and still adorable. Their parents, Mia and Rozonno, fell in love in high school and treat each other with friendship, respect and love: They’re adorable. In short, there’s nothing wrong with the show other than the fact that, even in a household that has to conform to the needs of six little children-especially in such a household-routine will take shape amid all the chaos. So the whole thing left me kind of sleepy.