The Cleaner Has Pulled Me In
If you’re not watching this show, you should be. The Cleaner, on A&E Tuesdays at 10/9c, is a new show based on the redemption story of Warren Boyd. Two episodes into it’s sophomore season, The Cleaner seems to be picking up some steam and getting quite a bit of good press. “Starring Benjamin Bratt as William Banks, a recovering addict who must balance his unwavering dedication to helping others get clean with an increasingly rocky personal life and the ghosts of his addictions. Banks and his teammates employ an unconventional – and often by any means necessary – approach to getting addicts and those who surround them to realize they’ve reached rock-bottom and help them begin the process of recovery. With every success and failure, William wrestles with his commitment to his work and his love for his wife Melissa and their children through an unusual relationship with God.”
Basically, in my own words, the show is a refreshingly emotional and powerful offering in a sea of increasingly dull, dry, and ridiculous television. Both the first two episodes of the new season have had me choked up by the end. With a new season comes a new budget, and they are using their new budget wisely. You can see the cinematic difference in quality between seasons 1 & 2, as well as the licensing of some wonderful closing songs. The promos are making great use of Hallelujah (performed by Ari Hest), episode one ended with 9 Crimes by Damien Rice, and episode two with When the Night Comes by Dan Auerbach.
For those looking to simply be entertained, you may want to watch something else. But if you want to feel and be inspired this is a must see. You can watch full episodes of The Cleaner on AETV.com or catch them on OnDemand.
Damien Rice – 9 Crimes
Dan Auerbach – When the Night Comes