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The Cleaner is an A&E television series starring Benjamin Bratt. It debuted on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at 10:00 pm EST.

It was produced by CBS Television Studios, formerly CBS Paramount Network Television. It was then the company's only series not airing on a CBS-owned network.

On September 25, 2009, The Cleaner was canceled by A&E.


William Banks is a recovering drug addict that lives in Los Angeles, Californiamarker. When his daughter Lula was born, Banks "made a deal with God", pledging that if he is given a second chance, he will end his drug abuse and help others end their addictions to drugs and alcohol. The show's intro states that Banks also helps people overcome addictions to sex and gambling, however, neither one has yet been the focus of an episode. The series centers around Banks and his small team of recovering addicts who work to help others in recovering from their addictions. He and his team will resort to unethical and illegal tactics in order to end their clients' addictions. His success at cleaning people's addictions has gained him the respect of the LAPD and other officials, who almost always turn a blind eye to the vigilante's methods. In fact, the LAPD and other law officials will frequently refer clients to Banks. Banks appears to believe that his work is a Calling and will therefore work pro bono if a client cannot afford his services.

Each episode typically begins with Banks having a one-way conversation with God, usually asking for guidance and clarity on his mission, the meaning of life and human nature, among other things. Other times Banks will air his grievances to God, asking why He (God) allows bad things to happen. William's one-way communications with God are somewhat of a theme during the series, implying that his faith plays an important role in his sobriety. However, whether all the scenes where Banks is shown praying out loud to God are real or whether they are simply illustrations of what is going on in his mind, are left ambiguous to the viewers.


The Cleaner, whose protagonist, according to A&E, helps others defeat their habits "by any means necessary," is the first original drama for this cable network in over six years.The show is loosely based on the life of Warren Boyd who, as an addictions counselor, has helped such people as Mel Gibson, Courtney Love, and Whitney Houston. On October 27, 2008 A&E declared they would pick up a second season of The Cleaner. It went into production of thirteen all-new episodes, and premiered on June 23, 2009. A&E opted not to renew the series for a third season on September 25, 2009.

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Main Crew


Season One

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Season Two

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DVD Release

The Cleaner: The First Season

The first season of The Cleaner was released on DVD on June 9, 2009.


2008 first-run ratings for The Cleaner were 1.1 million in the 18-49 demographic.

International Airing

The series is broadcast on Latinamerica through the A&E Latinamerica channel, the series premiered on Sunday October 5, 2008. The second season premiered on Tuesday, September 8 2009.

The first season of the series premiered in Italy on Thursday September 10, 2009, on pay-TV channel Joy, (Mediaset Premium).


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