Pure (TV series)

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Genre Crime Drama
Created by Michael Amo
Directed by Ken Girotti
Country of origin Canada
No. of episodes 6
Production company(s)
Original network CBC Television (Season 1)
Super Channel (Season 2)
WGN America (United States)
Original release January 9, 2017 – present

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 for a second season by the CBC, Hulu, Super Channel and WGN America due out in 2019.[12]


The cast includes:[4][5][6][13][14]


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.[13]


Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref
2017 ACTRA Maritimes Award Outstanding Male Actor in a Supporting Role Gary Levert Nominated [15]
Directors Guild of Canada Awards Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series Ken Girotti
(episode: "Ordination")
Nominated [16]
2018 Canadian Screen Awards Best Dramatic Series Pure Nominated [17]
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 [18]


  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. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ "Screen Nova Scotia - ACTRA Maritimes announces 2017 award nominations!". mailchi.mp. Retrieved June 30, 2017. 
  16. ^ "2017 DIRECTORS GUILD OF CANADA AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED | Directors Guild of Canada". www.dgc.ca. Retrieved June 30, 2017. 
  17. ^ "2018 TV Nominees - Academy.ca". academy.ca. Retrieved January 16, 2018. 
  18. ^ "Your 2018 Screen Nova Scotia Award winners". thecoast.ca. Retrieved May 17, 2018. 

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