The Cleaner

2008 TV-14 2 seasons

The Cleaner

2008 TV-14 2 seasons
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While recovering from an addiction to drugs, William Banks dedicates himself to helping others climb out of their own psychological traps, resorting to extreme methods if he believes they'll help his interventions succeed.
Benjamin Bratt, Grace Park, Amy Price-Francis, Esteban Powell, Liliana Mumy, Brett DelBuono, Kevin Michael Richardson
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2

Summary of Season 1 (2008) - 4 discs

In this gripping series inspired by actual events, Benjamin Bratt stars as "extreme interventionist" William Banks, a former drug addict who talks to God and now spends his time helping other users turn their lives around.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), Portuguese
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that, due to the drug/addiction-focused subject matter, this show isn't age appropriate for tweens or younger teens. Main characters smoke cigarettes and drink -- but that almost seems beside the point considering that plenty of others snort and shoot heroin, rob their parents to fund their crystal meth addictions, and worse. For the most part, sexual content stays at the innuendo level, although the sexual tension between certain characters is palpable enough. Some swearing along the lines of "ass" and "damn," and some physical scuffles and gun use.

Sexual Content

Plenty of sexual innuendo, but nothing graphic shown. One female character is particularly sexual; for example, she talks about "dropping trou," makes a veiled reference to the size of a man's genitalia, and slept with her boss while he was separated from his wife.


Occasional physical violence between characters involving small amounts of blood. The main characters don't use guns, but others do.


Pretty tame, but words like "ass," "hell," and "damn" are audible.

Social Behavior

There are no cut-and-dried heroes here. The main character -- a former drug addict who made a deal with God and now helps other addicts -- is a complicated role model. And he's far from perfect when it comes to his personal life. Other characters (the addicts the main character helps) routinely do things like steal from family members to fuel their habits.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The show centers on various forms of addiction, so the drug and alcohol content runs the full gamut. Characters smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol, as well as smoke crystal meth, shoot heroin, and more.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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