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The Cleaner: First Season


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  • Actors: Benjamin Bratt, Amy Price-Francis, Grace Park, Kevin Michael Richardson, Esteban Powell
  • Directors: Chris Long, Christine Moore, David Semel, Dean White, Félix Enríquez Alcalá
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 9, 2009
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001V7UX4E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,237 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Cleaner: First Season" on IMDb

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TNT has staked out a place in the TV drama field in recent years with shows featuring flawed lead characters whom one might not especially like but can still root for (The Closer and Saving Grace), and now A&E has made a similar move with The Cleaner, the network’s first scripted series. For the show’s title character, William Banks (Benjamin Bratt), his gig is less a job than a calling. A recovering addict with stints in both rehab and jail on his record, Banks had bottomed out completely when he made what he describes as a "deal" with God: if He would save him in his darkest moment, then Banks would in turn devote himself to helping others whose addictions have put their careers, families, and very lives in jeopardy. And so it goes, as Banks and his young crew (all of whom have also been affected in one way or another by addictions to drugs, gambling, and the like) put themselves in some pretty funky situations to carry out their work, such as when Banks rescues an FBI agent who infiltrated a drug manufacturing operation only to become a junkie himself.

All of this righteousness doesn’t come cheap. Banks’s wife Melissa (Amy Price-Francis) and two kids have left him more than once in the past. They all live together now, but the situation is fraught, as Melissa accuses him of “replacing one fix with another,” and son Ben (Brett DelBuono) is mistrustful of both his dad’s ability to stay clean and his newfound relationship with God (in fact, William’s frequent “conversations” with the Almighty are a bit overdone). Nor does Banks handle family life very well, often reacting with impatience and defensiveness. The Waltons it ain’t. In fact, The Cleaner is pretty bleak stuff: the pilot episode alone features marital problems, suicide, and continual struggles with sobriety. But this show, with its edgy vibe (it pushes the envelope on the degree of profanity allowable on basic cable), moody lighting, and liberal use of alternative rock music, was already into its second season when this four-disc, 13-episode set was released, so they’re doing something right. Bonus features include occasional episode commentary, deleted scenes, cast and crew interviews, and more. --Sam Graham

Product Description

Each week The Cleaner follows Benjamin Bratt as William Banks, a recovering addict who helps others get clean by any means necessary as he struggles to maintain his own rocky personal life. William works with an eclectic team. Swenton is a wily smart aleck who is great undercover and always jealous of Akani, the beautiful, manipulative, and mysterious woman who always seems to get the best assignments and might just have a romantic past with William. Darnell is the newest member of William's crew. Darnell is deeply indebted to William for helping his younger brother get clean, but he must balance his deep religious convictions with the kind of work required as part of William's team. Together with this eclectic group, William works week-in and week-out to 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 wrestles with his own demons through an unusual relationship with God. He's a man caught between an unwavering commitment to his work, deep love for his family, and the ghosts of his own addictions. Bad for his personal life, perhaps, but these are the tensions that make William the one you want helping a troubled loved one, the one you trust to do whatever is necessary, the man you want by your side in your darkest hour. In the face of tragedy and addiction, William Banks will risk everything to be The Cleaner.

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This is one of the best shows i have seen..
Janet Heaven
I love Benjamin Bratt's character and the way he turns to God- - -at least a Higher Power - - -at the beginning and ending of each show.
Deb R. Merrell
As he's become clean and sober, he's made a promise to God to help others with their addictions.
Bonnie Brody

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 14, 2009
Format: DVD
This is a great television series. It is about a man named William who has spent many years as a drug addict. As he's become clean and sober, he's made a promise to God to help others with their addictions. Each episode is about an intervention he makes to help someone who has problems with alcohol, meth, cocaine, heroin, etc.

William has an interesting group of colleagues who assist him with these interventions. They are also ex-addicts as he is.

The show also deals with William's family life, especially his troubled marriage and his relationship with his two children.

If you are at all interested in addiction and like to watch both drama and action, this is the show for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beverly A. Stout on August 14, 2010
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This was very good. I was entertained and could not believe
that this was not on for more seasons. This is a buyer.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deb R. Merrell on October 1, 2009
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I have worked in addiction services/counseling for many years. I love Benjamin Bratt's character and the way he turns to God- - -at least a Higher Power - - -at the beginning and ending of each show. I find it gritty, intriguing, and very well done. It makes me laugh and cry every time! Please keep it going for many seasons to come. And, as an aside, Mr. Bratt is one great actor and plays his role perfectly in The Cleaner: First Season as well as the second season on TV, which has just ended, (to say nothing of his supporting actors, who are also just great!)

Deb Rolla, MO
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By Ewe on March 19, 2014
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Every body dealing with addiction should watch this to better understand. Particularly family members whose relatives might be affected by the disease.
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By mal on October 10, 2013
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I loved this series. I was very upset it got cancelled. Nothing wrong with the dvd set. I plan to get the season/finale season soon!
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By drb on February 1, 2011
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This was an excellent series. Great actors. Good script. I'm sure it made Boyd proud. I will keep this and watch it frequently. I learned a lot about addictions from this series and about people.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sailor lady on October 22, 2009
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This ia the most wonderful human and humane show. Benjamin Bratt deserves an emmy for his acting. it is so real, I don't know if it is acting. Outstanding!!!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By AReal Person, the on June 29, 2009
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Addiction touches almost everyone's life in some form from alcohol and food to control and rage ............. and if you wish to looks inside the workings of a clean addicts minds and struggles , look in here. Fascinating and real ! I'm so glad for another season , the first was riveting !
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