Pure (TV series)

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GenreCrime Drama
Created byMichael Amo
Directed byKen Girotti
Country of originCanada
No. of episodes6
Production company(s)
Original networkCBC Television (Season 1)
Super Channel (Season 2)
WGN America (United States)
Original releaseJanuary 9, 2017 –

Pure is a Canadian television drama series that first aired on CBC Television in January and February 2017,[1] and subsequently on Super Channel. The show stars Ryan Robbins as Noah Funk, a Mennonite pastor working undercover within an organized crime network in order to clean up a drug trafficking problem in his community.[2] The show also stars A. J. Buckley, Peter Outerbridge, Alex Paxton-Beesley, and Rosie Perez.[3]

Pure is produced by Two East Productions and Cineflix Media[4] and is directed by Ken Girotti.[5]

Showrunner Michael Amo stated that he pitched the show to television networks in the 2000s but "didn't get any takers".[4] It is inspired by the operations of a Mennonite organized crime ring that smuggled cocaine and marijuana from Mexico to Canada and the United States.[4][6]

The series premiere was watched by 858,000 Canadian viewers.[7] On April 12, 2017, the show was picked up by Hulu in the United States.[8] WGN America acquired the US television rights to the series in August 2017.[9]

Initially, Pure was not renewed for a second season;[10][11] however, in April 2018 the show was picked up by Super Channel, CBC, Hulu, and WGN America for a season two with six episodes, set to premiere in 2019.[12][13] The series is scheduled to debut on WGN America on May 28, 2019.[14]

In June 2018, Super Channel announced that actors Alyson Hannigan, Christopher Heyerdahl, Zoie Palmer, and Victor Gomez were joining the production for Season 2.[15][16]


The cast includes:[4][5][6][17][16]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateCanada viewers
1"Ordination"Ken GirottiMichael AmoJanuary 9, 2017 (2017-01-09)0.858
2"The Singing"Ken GirottiMichael AmoJanuary 16, 2017 (2017-01-16)N/A
3"As One"Ken GirottiMichael AmoJanuary 23, 2017 (2017-01-23)N/A
4"Funeral"Ken GirottiMichael AmoJanuary 30, 2017 (2017-01-30)N/A
5"Communion"Ken GirottiMichael AmoFebruary 6, 2017 (2017-02-06)N/A
6"Baptism"Ken GirottiMichael AmoFebruary 13, 2017 (2017-02-13)N/A


Though filmed in Nova Scotia, Pure is set in a fictional town called Antioch in southern Ontario, as well as the U.S. state of Texas and the Mexican state of Chihuahua.[17]


Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref
2017 ACTRA Maritimes Award Outstanding Male Actor in a Supporting Role Gary Levert Nominated [18]
Directors Guild of Canada Awards Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series Ken Girotti
(episode: "Ordination")
Nominated [19]
2018 Canadian Screen Awards Best Dramatic Series Pure Nominated [20]
Best Direction, Drama Series Ken Girotti
(episode: "Ordination")
Best Original Music, Fiction Jonathan Goldsmith
(episode: "Ordination")
Screen Nova Scotia Awards Best TV Series Pure Won [21]


  1. ^ "CBC Unveils Winter Schedule". Broadcaster. November 14, 2016.
  2. ^ "CBC adds daytime series, Mennonite mob drama in new TV lineup". Toronto Star. May 26, 2016.
  3. ^ "Production underway on CBC's Pure". Playback. October 6, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d Wong, Tony (January 7, 2017). "CBC does Breaking Bad – with Mennonites". Toronto Star. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Rosie Perez joins cast of CBC's new Mennonite mob drama Pure". CBC News. The Canadian Press. October 6, 2016. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Brioux, Bill (January 5, 2017). "CBC's 'Pure' a drug smuggling tale in Mennonite country". The Chronicle-Herald. The Canadian Press. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  7. ^ Bill Brioux [@BillBriouxTV] (January 10, 2017). "MON o'nites CBC: solid start for #Pure 858k; #MurdochMysteries 1138k" (Tweet). Retrieved April 5, 2018 – via Twitter.
  8. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (April 12, 2017). "Hulu Acquires CBC Crime Drama 'Pure'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 8, 2017). "WGN America Picks Up Swedish Drama '100 Code', Canadian Series 'Pure' & 'Shoot The Messenger' For 'Prime Crime' Slate". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  10. ^ David, Greg (May 24, 2017). "CBC sets 2017-18 primetime schedule; plus new, returning and cancelled series". Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  11. ^ A. J. Buckley [@AjohnBuckley] (April 23, 2017). "CBC dropped the ball 4 sure. This cast was GOLD!" (Tweet). Retrieved April 5, 2018 – via Twitter.
  12. ^ "Super Channel announces casting for second season of PURE". Super Channel. June 27, 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  13. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (April 5, 2018). "WGN America Crime Drama 'Pure' Gets Second Season Ahead of Series' 2019 Premiere". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  14. ^ "WGN America Releases Key Art, First Trailer And Sets Premiere Date Of Its Anticipated Religious Crime Drama Series "Pure" For Wednesday, January 23". PR Newswire. November 12, 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  15. ^ Liszewski, Bridget (June 27, 2018). "Pure: Season 2 Casting Announcements". The TV Junkies. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  16. ^ a b Petski, Denise (June 27, 2018). "'Pure': Alyson Hannigan Set To Recur in Season 2 of WGN America Crime Drama". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  17. ^ a b Doyle, John (January 6, 2017). "CBC's Pure is about more than Mennonites – it's about morals". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  18. ^ "Screen Nova Scotia - ACTRA Maritimes announces 2017 award nominations!". mailchi.mp. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  19. ^ "2017 DIRECTORS GUILD OF CANADA AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED | Directors Guild of Canada". www.dgc.ca. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  20. ^ "2018 TV Nominees - Academy.ca". academy.ca. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  21. ^ "Your 2018 Screen Nova Scotia Award winners". thecoast.ca. Retrieved May 17, 2018.

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