8.3
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Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath

A&E 2016

Leah Remini, along with high level former Scientology executives and Church members, explores individual accounts from ex-Church members and their families through meetings and interviews with Leah. Each episode features stories from former members whose lives have been affected by the Church's harmful practices, even well after they left the organization.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath - S2E6

#1 - Scientology and Celebrity: The Betrayal of Paul Haggis

8.22

Season 2 - Episode 6

Since Scientology’s inception, L. Ron Hubbard had an obsession with getting celebrities into the Church. Leah and Mike sit down with a former Scientology celebrity recruiter to learn about the Church’s efforts to recruit A-listers. Then Leah and Mike travel to NYC to meet with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis, the first celebrity to speak out against Scientology, for a very candid conversation about his own personal journey.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath from 355 votes.

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath - S3E12

#2 - Waiting for Justice

8.22

Season 3 - Episode 12

Filmed for the first time in front of a live studio audience, Leah Remini and Mike Rinder explore stories of how Church of Scientology policies have hindered members from reporting instances of abuse and sexual assault to the authorities. They will speak to a number of ex-Scientologists who share their stories of abuse at the hands of other Scientologists, and describe how these policies are aimed at preventing the alleged crimes from becoming public. The episode will also feature a panel of legal, psychological and law-enforcement experts, who provide insight into the impact Scientology’s practices have had on its former parishioners and advise how they can seek justice and effect change in the future.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath from 83 votes.

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath - S3E10

#3 - Buying a Town (2)

8.13

Season 3 - Episode 10

Leah and Mike travel to Clearwater, Florida, spiritual headquarters for the Church of Scientology. Speaking with some of the city's most prominent Scientology critics, they explore how the controversial 1995 death of Scientologist Lisa McPherson marked a turning point in the Church's history.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath from 112 votes.

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath - S1E9

#4 - Merchants of Fear

8.10

Season 1 - Episode 9

Leah Remini and Mike Rinder explore the historical relationship between the Church of Scientology and its often vocal critics; guests describe their experiences investigating controversial stories about the Church, and how the Church responded.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath from 194 votes.

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath - S1E8

#5 - Ask Me Anything (2)

8.07

Season 1 - Episode 8

Leah and Mike Rinder host a second Q&A session to answer the many questions posted on social media. They are joined by several special guests: Lawrence Wright, the author of “Going Clear;” Ray Jeffrey, one of few lawyers to take the Church on in court; and Steve Hassan, an author known for his studies in cult behavior and deprogramming.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath from 491 votes.

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath - S2E11

#6 - Aftermath of the Aftermath

8.06

Season 2 - Episode 11

Leah and Mike sit down with Leah's childhood friend Chantal Dodson and her mother, Ramina, who decides to leave Scientology after 42 years in the church; previous contributors reveal how their lives have been impacted by appearing on the show.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath from 247 votes.

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath - S2E13

#7 - The Life & Lies of L. Ron Hubbard

8.03

Season 2 - Episode 13

Leah and Mike lead a round-table discussion on the life of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, whose word in the church is law and, if to be believed, will lead the parishioner to personal salvation and total freedom.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath from 229 votes.

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath - S1E6

#8 - Auditing

8.02

Season 1 - Episode 6

Aaron Smith-Levin and his twin brother Collin were prodigies at Scientology's spiritual counseling practice known as auditing. But their paths diverged after Collin was dismissed from the program, leading to the painful tragedy Aaron shares with Leah.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath from 626 votes.

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath - S1E5

#9 - Golden Era

8.01

Season 1 - Episode 5

As a celebrity member of the Church of Scientology, Leah Remini attended various gala fundraisers for the Church, many of them organized and produced by the Church's production company Golden Era. Now the former Golden Era event producer, Marc Headley, pulls back the curtain to reveal the shocking truth of these events, and how his disillusionment lead to both his and his wife's departure from the Church.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath from 695 votes.

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath - S1E7

#10 - Enemies of the Church

8.00

Season 1 - Episode 7

After Leah receives a letter from the Church accusing her of provoking hate crimes, she decides to meet with the young man who the Church says she incited. Mike asks Leah to sit down with journalists who have been unrelentingly hounded by the Church for their reporting. And Leah tries to find a new way to take action.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath from 632 votes.

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath - S2E3
#11 - The "Perfect" Scientology Family
8.00
Season 2 - Episode 3

Liz Gale, a third generation Scientologist, was raised to believe that Scientology had the equation to create the perfect family. Leah and Mike sit down with her to hear how what was supposed to be “happily ever after” ended in abandonment, death and the demise of what could have been the family that had it all.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath from 379 votes.

#12 - The Rise of David Miscavige
7.96
Season 2 - Episode 5

Leah and Mike spotlight David Miscavige, the head of the Church, and sit down with his former body men, including the former head of security at Gold Base headquarters, to discuss how Miscavige maneuvered his way into power and how he continues to be untouchable.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath from 356 votes.

#13 - The Bridge to Total Freedom
7.95
Season 2 - Episode 4

In Scientology, the goal of every Scientologist is to ascend to the top of the "Bridge to Total Freedom." Ex-Scientologists Leah Remini and Mike Rinder will lead a round table discussion to break down what "The Bridge" is and why Scientologists spend years of their lives and thousands of dollars to reach the coveted top. Mike and Leah will be joined by ex-Sea Org Officer Bruce Hines and Leah's mother who reached the top of the Bridge, plus two former members, who currently still practice Scientology outside the church.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath from 281 votes.

#14 - Lifetime of Healing
7.94
Season 2 - Episode 10

In this very personal episode, Leah sits down with two of her childhood friends, Chantal Dodson and Sherry Ollins, for an emotional conversation about their shared experiences growing up in Scientology. They look back on how their friendship helped them to survive during their most difficult times and how they're now trying to heal with each other's support.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath from 243 votes.

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath - S2E1
#15 - Thetans in Young Bodies
7.92
Season 2 - Episode 1

Ex-Scientologists Leah Remini and Mike Rinder continue their mission to expose and give voice to the victims of Scientology practices. Mirriam and Saina, two women raised together inside the Church of Scientology’s now defunct Cadet Org, share heartrending stories of abandonment and sexual abuse. With Leah’s moral support, they both take a courageous step toward achieving justice.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath from 456 votes.

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath - S1E3
#16 - The Bridge
7.92
Season 1 - Episode 3

Mary Kahn was an everyday parishioner who ascended to the Church of Scientology’s highest levels of spiritual enlightenment. But as she shares with Leah, the price tag of her experience was extreme – eventually including the relationship with her youngest son.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath from 786 votes.

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath - S2E2
#17 - The Ultimate Failure of Scientology
7.91
Season 2 - Episode 2

Scientology promises relief from all of life’s ills, but those suffering from depression and suicidal ideation often feel they have nowhere to turn. Hearing the tragic stories of Aaron Poulin, a member of the Sea Org who committed suicide at 21, and Tayler Tweed, who died at only 27, only strengthen Leah’s commitment to continue challenging Church practices.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath from 399 votes.

#18 - Where is Shelly?
7.89
Season 3 - Episode 5

In 2006, Leah Remini attended the star-studded nuptials of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, an event Scientology dubbed "The Wedding of the Century." After Leah remarked on the absence of church leader David Miscavige's wife, Shelly, the question set off a chain of events that ultimately led to her leaving Scientology. More than a decade later, Shelly still has not been seen in public. In this episode, Leah and Mike interview Shelly's childhood friend Janis Gillham Grady, a fellow Commodore's Messenger serving L. Ron Hubbard, and Tom DeVocht, who worked closely with both David and Shelly Miscavige. Together they attempt to explain the mysterious disappearance of the First Lady of Scientology.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath from 116 votes.

#19 - Spies Like Us
7.88
Season 3 - Episode 3

Cierra Westerman was recruited out of a Florida private investigator school to spy on critics of the Church of Scientology.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath from 130 votes.

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath - S1E4
#20 - A Leader Emerges
7.87
Season 1 - Episode 4

After the death of Scientology’s founder L Ron Hubbard, David Miscavige emerged as the leader of the Church of Scientology. Leah uncovers the story of Scientology before and after David Miscavige, as told by three former long-time Church members – including Miscavige’s father.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath from 717 votes.

Last updated: jan 10, 2021

Comments

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Amazing show! What an eye opener into the church of Scientology this is. Honestly, I wouldn't even it call it a church. It's more of a brainwashing cult than anything.... and the amount of money they make members spend on merchandise is unbelievable!!

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Finally a great, professional show that's shows partially how dangerous this cult is! It's not a church and never was. Luckily there are countries like Germany that don't recognize this club as a church and they have to pay taxes. Also they are under constant surveillance by the state authorities! (maybe the Germans DID learn something from their own history) I live in Switzerland - they tried to setup camp here 25 years ago, but today they are mostly gone! Also they never got the church status. I hope there will be a second season!

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I've just finished watching the penultimate episode of season 2, and highly recommend this series to anyone considering Scientology, intrigued by the celebrities who promote Scientology or those caught in the the realization that they need to escape Scientology and need to know there is support for them when they have to leave everything behind to escape with their lives (check out the support Facebook groups for this show). Excellent series, well researched, riveting first hand testimonies, important work. And, I have to say, Leah Remini is one tenacious pit bull created for this purpose (the best of New York spit and fire). Good on her! I give this series an 8 (important) out of 10. [Documentary series]

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This show was amazing and I feel like it needs a Season 4 as there is still so much that these two amazing people being Leah Remini and Mike Rinder, need to explore as I am interested to find out more about the international side of this. Anyway, this show is amazing as Going Clear started my fascination with Scientology but this show truly shows you every single arm of this cult, both hosts have been in different parts of this organisation makes the show even better as they are able to explain every aspect of the cult. Aftermath needs to be on Netflix or something more accessible in the UK as it was super difficult to track every episode down, but it was worth it as this show explains and exposes so much not only in this cult but also exposes some of the issues in other bona fide religions. Thank you for this show and I urge everyone to watch it as it really is an eye-opening, I really hope they do one day come back for the 4th season and I hope this show does help countries and governments learn how to deal with this organisation. Please ignore negative reviews on IMDB as after you watch this, you will understand the extent this organisation will go to stop people seeing the truth.

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