The Best Episodes of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath
Last Updated: Nov 20, 2018
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.
#1 - Scientology and Celebrity: The Betrayal of Paul Haggis
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.
#2 - Merchants of Fear
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.
#3 - The Life & Lies of L. Ron Hubbard
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.
#4 - Ask Me Anything (2)
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.
#5 - Aftermath of the Aftermath
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.
#6 - Enemies of the Church
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.
#7 - Auditing
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.
#8 - Golden Era
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.
#9 - The "Perfect" Scientology Family
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.
#10 - Emotional Aftermath
Season 3 - Episode 1
How does it feel to lose your entire belief system? How does it feel to come to believe everything you’ve been told—the foundation of who you are isn’t based in truth? How do you let go of the anger? The guilt? The grief? How do you begin to get over it and move on? In this very special episode we’ll see Leah, Mike and their closest family members, in ways we’ve never seen before as they share—for the first time—the emotional toll leaving Scientology has taken on them and their families and the challenge of unlearning the systems and practices that were engrained in them for decades.
#11 - The Bridge to Total Freedom
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.
#12 - The Rise of David Miscavige
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.
#13 - Thetans in Young Bodies
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.
#14 - Lifetime of Healing
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.
#15 - The Ultimate Failure of Scientology
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.
#16 - The Bridge
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.
#18 - A Leader Emerges
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.
#19 - Fair Game
Season 1 - Episode 2
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.
#20 - The Business of Religion
Season 2 - Episode 9
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.
#21 - The Ranches
Season 2 - Episode 7
The Mace-Kingsley Ranches were promoted by Scientologists as educational camps for troubled kids, but former students say they were actually hard labor camps for children. Leah and Mike sit down with two former students who talk about the hardships they endured there, from corporal punishment to challenging living conditions, and for the first time, give voice to the generation of kids in Scientology who were sent away to these ranches.
#23 - The Greatest Good
Season 2 - Episode 8
In Scientology's elite Sea Organization, nothing is considered more important than clearing the planet. Leah and Mike sit down with Mimi Faust and Christi Gordon, whose mothers dedicated much of their lives to the Sea Org. Mimi and Christi share their harrowing stories of neglect and abandonment, having both paid the highest price for "the greatest good."
#24 - Disconnection
Season 1 - Episode 1
Actress and Ex-Scientologist Leah Remini begins her journey with a trip to Seattle to visit former Scientology executive Amy Scobee. After hearing Amy’s tragic story of being disconnected from her mother, Leah is determined to reveal the truth of what’s really going on in her former Church.