The Cleaner

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The Cleaner
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From the creator of the Emmy Award winning series American Dreams The cleaner tells the story of William Banks. He's a recovering addict who struggles to maintain his own rocky personal life while he helps others get clean by any means necessary. William works with an eclectic group, and together they bring addicts of all kinds to the point where they are ready and willing to get help and begin the difficult process of getting clean. With every success and every failure, William must confront his own demons through his unusual relationship with God. He's a man caught between a deep love for his family, an unwavering commitment to his work, and the ghosts of his own addictions. This show is based on the real life story of Warren Boyd, one of the co-executive producers. The theme music is "Follow That Sound" performed by Sharon Little.
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  • Turns despair into hope. Bottomline, this show saved my life. I was far closer to slipping than I realized when I first came across this show online. I applaud A&E for something so raw and real. Great storylines, deep characters, & potent music tracks.moreless

    10
    "The Cleaner" very well may have saved my life. Bottomline, I was far closer to slipping than I realized when I came across this show online. It never falls short of demonstrating how HOPE can spring forth from the deepest darkest core of utter DESPAIR. The storylines of each episode, the connection between characters, and depth of each character's story continue to grow. The music chosen for this show brings the key impact to moments of revelation, joy, pain, loss and victory.



    The *TRUTH* can be uncomfortable, and it may not be welcomed by many individuals in this quick fix, action-oriented generation - until the individual needs to hear it. I believe this TV show must serve such a role in a variety of ways for its audience. The words spoken by William Banks when he is either speaking to God, to an addict, or in monologue, have a truth (at least for me, personally) that strikes at the deepest core of the soul. It brings a life-saving message that may not be easy to swallow, but I believe it serves as an outreach and a support for those on this road, whether facing addiction personally or through a loved one. Every person has the potential to descend into this deep dark place of despair in his or her own way. It brings home the quote, "There but for the Grace of God."



    I am personally grateful, and I applaud every person who is behind the making of "The Cleaner." I look forward to each episode, and I hope A&E keeps this show running for many future seasons.moreless
  • bring it back

    10
    I thought that show was great cause it show how they got people off of drugs with out going to rehab.

  • Great show this vehicle for Benjamin Bratt to come back to tv was tailor made for him.

    8.5
    Great show this vehicle for Benjamin Bratt to come back to tv was tailor made for him. He was perfect as the flawed William Banks who put his family and himself though hell thanks to drug addiction just to come out help others and lose his family again. The up and downs of this flawed hero we're thrilling to watch and the show was blessed with a great supporting cast. Showing what faith and human potential once someone decides they want to do better can do. This show walked the fine line between religion that is so popular to hate and appealing to the grit and determination of the common man. Great show what in the world A&E has that it thinks it can just cut a good show like this is beyond me.moreless
  • This is a amazing show. Hope it comes back on soon. For people in recovery, it will give them a ray of hope for themselves and their families. But also gives them a taste of reality from all walks of life.moreless

    9.5
    Bring it on back on real soon. Love the actors and all the story lines. It shows reality from all walks of life. So helpful to those in and out of recovery.

    The show lets people who are suffering from an addiction that there are people out there who want to and are willing to help. Not only the addicts but their families as well. It also lets people know that this can happen to anyone, no matter what role they play in society. If this show just helps only one individual, then by the grace of GOD, you have done your job, by bringing it out.moreless
  • Just love the Cleaner!

    10
    I tried to watch this show the first night it was on, but just couldnt get into it. BUT it was on all day sunday, and since my Giants game wasnt on TV i watched this. It got my attention. I wish there was someone around like this when my brother became addicted, and it might not have turned out like it has now. Benjamin Bratt is awesome! I love the characters interaction with his children. he's not perfect and doesnt try to come off that way. I can do without his having a wife, as i feel that limits his character, but at least he portrays that in a positive light.moreless
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    Arts, Drama

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    recovering alcoholic, gritty cinematography, cerebral, drug addiction, Family Dramas