September 25th marks the return of the Western crime series The Pinkertons to Canadian television. CHCH will debut the second half of the 22-episode series as a “Season 2” to Canadian audiences on Friday evenings. One season of the show has been produced thus far.

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First launched October 2014 in the United States, the show is based upon the real case files of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, created by Allan Pinkerton in 1850. Pinkerton (1819-1884) was a Scottish emigrant to the US, and established the agency in Chicago. In addition to adding the term “private eye” to the language, drawn their single eye logo, the agency is also known for employing the first female detective in the US, Kate Warne (1833-1868). Allan’s son, William (1846-1923), would head the agency upon his father’s death.

In the series The Pinkertons, Scottish actor Angus Macfadyen stars as Allan Pinkerton, Jacob Blair is William Pinkerton, and Martha MacIssac plays Kate Warne.


Left to Right: Allan Pinkerton (Macfadyen), Kate Warne (MacIssac), William Pinkerton (Blair) / Image –

Filmed in Manitoba, Canada, Season 1 is set in the American West of the mid-1860s, immediately following the US Civil War. The series recently had its UK and Irish debut on UKTV’s Drama Channel.  The show is intended for a broad audience and this site reviewed the first episode at Pinkertons – E1.  Here is a 2014 trailer for that first episode: 

The series was nominated in June by the Directors Guild of Canada for a Best Television Series – Drama award. The Directors Guild of Canada Awards will take place October 24th in Toronto.

The September 25th CHCH return of the series airs at 9pm (ET). Further information about the show on that station can be found at CHCH – Pinkertons.

(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)



    • Hi Carol…thanks for the visit to this site. I’m not sure of your location but if you are in Canada, then CHCH (based in Hamilton, ON) is one option by which to view the show. In fact, the CHCH website typically live-streams shows and you may be able to watch it directly via your computer regardless of your location (check dates & times).


    • Hi Kitty….I appreciate the visit & comment. I have previously been in contact with one of the producers for the show but have yet to learn about a Season 2 for The Pinkertons. If I become aware of such, I will post that information on this site!


  1. I just started watching The Pinkertons on Netflix Canada. I like the show but I have spotted some historical bloopers. In Episode 3 when Kate tests for blood she uses a cotton swab…..cotton swabs weren’t invented until 1923. That to me is a serious blooper on the props people.

    • Thanks for the visit & reply, Tracy. I appreciate the info about the cotton swabs and your observation points to the challenge that those creating historical/Western dramas face….correctly lining up the set, props, clothing, weapons and transportation with the era. To fabricate a believable and historically-accurate world (particularly without CGI) is an admirable goal…and a daunting one!


    • Thanks for the visit & comment, Kirk. I’m in touch with one of the producers for the show and if any news is released as to a Season 2, I will be posting that info on this site!


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