Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath

The BEST episodes of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath

Every episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath!

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.

Last Updated: 6/29/2022Network: A&E
Scientology and Celebrity: The Betrayal of Paul Haggis
364 votes

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

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 9/19/2017

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.

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Church and State
119 votes

#2 - Church and State

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 2/5/2019

Leah and Mike speak with Jay Wexler, an expert in constitutional law, to discuss the remarkable story of Scientology’s journey to tax-exempt status. Mike and Leah also talk with Lt. Yulanda Williams, a police officer, about law enforcement's community engagement strategies.

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Merchants of Fear
201 votes

#3 - Merchants of Fear

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 5/29/2017

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.

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Ask Me Anything (2)
499 votes

#4 - Ask Me Anything (2)

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 1/17/2017

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.

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Aftermath of the Aftermath
280 votes

#5 - Aftermath of the Aftermath

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/7/2017

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.

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663 votes

#6 - Auditing

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 1/3/2017

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.

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Golden Era
734 votes

#7 - Golden Era

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/27/2016

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.

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The Life & Lies of L. Ron Hubbard
236 votes

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

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 11/14/2017

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.

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Enemies of the Church
670 votes

#9 - Enemies of the Church

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 1/10/2017

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.

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The "Perfect" Scientology Family
389 votes

#10 - The "Perfect" Scientology Family

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 8/29/2017

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.

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The Rise of David Miscavige
366 votes

#11 - The Rise of David Miscavige

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 9/12/2017

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.

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Lifetime of Healing
251 votes

#12 - Lifetime of Healing

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 10/31/2017

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.

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The Bridge
830 votes

#13 - The Bridge

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 12/13/2016

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.

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The Bridge to Total Freedom
291 votes

#14 - The Bridge to Total Freedom

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/5/2017

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.

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Ideal Orgs
125 votes

#15 - Ideal Orgs

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 1/1/2019

Under the leadership of David Miscavige, Scientology has been purchasing large buildings to use as upgraded church locations, celebrated as “Ideal Orgs.” The church claims that the new buildings signal the rapid expansion of Scientology, but former members and critics say otherwise. In this episode, Leah and Mike interview Paul Burkhart, a former Ideal Org architect, and Bert Schippers, a former Scientologist who was a major Ideal Org donor.

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Thetans in Young Bodies
469 votes

#16 - Thetans in Young Bodies

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 8/15/2017

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.

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The Ultimate Failure of Scientology
409 votes

#17 - The Ultimate Failure of Scientology

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/22/2017

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.

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Unlikely Pairing
139 votes

#18 - Unlikely Pairing

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 12/11/2018

In recent years the head of the Nation of Islam, Minister Louis Farrakhan, publicly embraced Dianetics and the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard and supported their use in NOI Mosques. This formed what many are describing as an unusual bond between The Nation of Islam and The Church of Scientology. In this "Aftermath" special--Leah and Mike have a candid conversation about this strange alliance as they sit down with two special guests--a former and current member of the Nation of Islam--who share their personal feelings about this collaboration. They reveal what they witnessed first-hand since the two controversial organizations came together and in an unexpected twist--Leah reveals the important part she played in introducing the Nation of Islam to the Church of Scientology.

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The Collection Agency
129 votes

#19 - The Collection Agency

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 1/8/2019

Over the past two seasons, we've shown how Scientology is a "pay-as-you-go" organization, but what tactics does the church use to get the money? What about those who can't afford to pay? In this "Aftermath" special -- Leah and Mike sit down with former Scientologists who share the different ways they claim they were made to give the church money they couldn't afford. Their stories range from those who are thousands of dollars in debt, to those who were left financially and emotionally bankrupt. We'll also hear from a former member of the church whose job it was to solicit money from parishioners by what she describes as "any means necessary" -- leaving Mike and Leah to question: is this a church or is this a collection agency?

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A Leader Emerges
754 votes

#20 - A Leader Emerges

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 12/20/2016

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.

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Ask Me Anything Season 2
222 votes

#21 - Ask Me Anything Season 2

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 11/21/2017

Leah answers viewers' questions about the series' second season.

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Spies Like Us
143 votes

#22 - Spies Like Us

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 12/4/2018

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

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The Business of Religion
282 votes

#23 - The Business of Religion

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 10/24/2017

Scientologists are constantly pressured to pay money to the Church based on a promise of spiritual salvation. But what happens when parishioners ask for their money back? Ex-Scientologists Leah Remini and Mike Rinder will lead a roundtable discussion, examining the contracts that all Scientologists must follow, and how these contracts lock them into financial burdens that can lead to hardship and ruin. Mike and Leah will be joined by ex-Sea Org Member Matt Pesch, leading Scientology blogger Jeffrey Augustine, along with ex-Scientologist Luis Garcia, and his attorney, Ted Babbitt, who are embroiled in a major lawsuit with the church regarding refunds.

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Fair Game
949 votes

#24 - Fair Game

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 12/6/2016

Leah visits the spiritual headquarters of Scientology – Clearwater, Florida – to hear Mike Rinder's personal story. As the head of Scientology’s Office of Special Affairs, Mike Rinder was expected to discredit and destroy critics of the Church. But after leaving the Church, Rinder himself became fair game.

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Where is Shelly?
123 votes

#25 - Where is Shelly?

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 12/18/2018

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.

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