The Cleaner

Season 1
 (49)
2021X-RayTV-14
It’s the cops’ job to clean up the city, but it’s Wicky’s job to clean up the crime scenes. BAFTA-winner Greg Davies writes and stars in this truly arresting comedy. A BritBox Original.
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Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. The Widow
    September 9 2021
    28min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Professional crime-scene cleaner Wicky has to mop up after a particularly grisly murder but keeps being interrupted by people unexpectedly dropping in on the crime scene.
  2. 2. The Writer
    September 9 2021
    29min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Novelist Terence has two problems: his gran recently passed away, and he has writer’s block. Wicky thinks these issues might be related.
  3. 3. The Neighbour
    September 9 2021
    28min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    When he brings the wrong keys to a crime scene, Wicky clashes with a neighbour - and might have met his match.
  4. 4. The Aristocrat
    September 9 2021
    29min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Wicky arrives at a stately home to clean up a burglary gone wrong. But things aren’t what they seem, and Wicky’s morals are tested.
  5. 5. The Influencer
    September 9 2021
    29min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Wicky visits a social media influencer with millions of followers and an unhealthy obsession with the 1980s.
  6. 6. The One
    September 9 2021
    29min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Crime scene cleaner Wicky heads to the country to clean up a nasty mess in a holiday home, and bumps into his first ‘proper’ girlfriend.

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2021
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4.2 out of 5 stars

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LMReviewed in the United States on November 2, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliantly absurd and the perfect distraction…
The original German version of this show has long been a personal favorite and I really enjoy the talent of Greg Davies, but Mr. Davies has re-worked these stories to brilliant effect! The Cleaner is deeply funny, a bit dark and deftly shares the most ridiculous aspects of human thinking-all of this in half an hour and each episode is its own scenario with new guests. This keeps each episode familiar, yet fresh. I can’t wait to see more!
12 people found this helpful
MeticulariusReviewed in the United States on November 4, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Absolutely Unexpectedly Entertaining With Excellent Everything
Grandpa Bill (73) and Grandma (63) totally enjoyed all six episodes. Excellent writing, dialogue, humor, characterizations, camera work, sound work, scene selection, timing, lighting, emotions. The one line in The Writer where he announces he has "Cleaner's Block" made both grandma and me burst out in laughter. In fact, I haven't heard grandma burst out so many times in a long time. We feel privileged, and joy, that we got to watch these. We want to congratulate the writer-actor for his accomplishments here. We find no blemish, except in The Influencer where what is a "bad word" to us is spoken so often yet is a staple among young people these days. This notwithstanding, we'd like to hug him and offer him dinner for these episodes. If he has more in him we'd like to watch dozens.
6 people found this helpful
Original Toe KneeReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Heroic attempt to create comedy where it cannot be
AGAIN as usual I hope I am wrong and you love this series!

Here I go again. let's "cut to the chase" ... we are to believe this is a crime scene. In other words, very hazardous TO HEALTH...UNLESS YOU WEAR PROTECTION...AND ESPECIALLY HAZARDOUS TO CLEAN CLOTHES!!! to clean clothes. We see a person we are SUPPOSED to believe is a "crime scene cleaner".

He walks into a bloody kitchen, ceiling and counter tops dipping with blood (or is it actually dried red paint?) and casually our "crime scene cleaning professional" enters with nice clean fashion clothes...I mean, a really nice jacket...He leans against a counter top, he pulls the jacket off and it glides across one of the counters...he is fine with this, because it's dried stage paint, not actual blood...and they lost me already!....
HINT: to get me to stick around, find away to portray a low paid crime scene cleaner who values his own life and jacket!... Show him ot enter the house without taking his jacket off outside BEFORE HE ENTERS...HE PROTECTS HIS CHERISHED CLOTHES AND PUTS ON A PAPER SUIT... YES A REAL CRIME SCENE CLEANER WOULD DO THIS! He puts on booties OUT SIDE!...He wears a face mask as he pre determines the crie scene!...That is, unless he is an actor and this is his HAIL MARY PASS ON decent pay and he finally gets to quit his day job!... so... yep you lost me already.

Hint #2; for a crime scene cleaner a jacket like this is the the first thing to protect... Easily done, if he is in the presence of a real crime scene... desperate tv series writers and creators show us a premise that is about repeat viewers, not actual authenticity... they need that series as much as the actors do... so they create the jokes FIRST PRIORITY in a "bloody crime scene" to sell pizza or whatever, and keep you interested...but ...what? and do not hire a consultant to explain these basic errors in the character premise? What?

...no booties... no mask...breathing atomized airborne contaminants? No... Of course not, because there are none... this is a staged tv series set...this is not fresh-dripping blood... so... the foundation premise for this character (for me) goes out the window... I just do not believe it...the scripted jokes now come forefront. What? Bad timing, I lose interest immediately .. Are these actors desperate for a series so they have WORK and a retirement someday? Or is this a crime scene cleaner? The first obviously...

I just can't go with it...
....so I bail on the whole series... the laughs might have worked if the premise had been set up appropriately WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THIS IDEA? somebody in the think tank corporate tv world, my guess... keep the low life's happy, feed them baloney and-laughs around horrific crime scenes... so it goes... I can't buy it... I do not care...just do not want one second more of this.

HOW TO FIX IT: Set up the scene as if it is REAL... help me believe in this CRIME SCENE CLEANER... showcase his skills there after and you have ME glued to your show binging and more for 14 seasons...really.

What I mean if he is an actor hungry for a lasting series he does the b.s. you have created... if he is a believable crime scene cleaner, if you create the solid premise then you can convey ORE than the series itself...if it is to just addict viewers to a baloney premise you might have a series and maybe repeat viewers but eventually everyone will know the premise is failed... you run the risk that your creative work will not last more than a few years... in other words rather than create a legacy you create short term gain... at the expense of truth...maybe a good trade for you but not a good trade in relation to the 20% of viewership you lose initially...

Ok..Ok... Ok...Iknow, the "Lethal Weapon" premise, the guy walking into a crime scene eating a burger wile other cops are barfing off the rails... yep...I know...the idea some are so blatantly exposed to horrific realities as their profession that they can eat a pizza or a pie while they are cleaning up fresh blood... It's an old joke...I have seen it a dozen times... Some director put it in to a movie n the 70's and ever since it is included in almost all crime dramas...but it's baloney. Use your imagination;how many crime scenes worldwide will have a guy waling in with a sandwich??? You think this is typical? It is for tv shows and movies...

A true crime scene cleaner; he cares about his jacket and his safety and his health and does not enter a crime scene unless he protects all of this... and the same goes for the "actor" who portrays his 'cop friend" in the first 10 minutes... an actor walks in and doesn't care about their fake police uniform because theyknow it id dried fake blood andthey do not have thei duty to clean their own car or clothes... But a real policeman wouldn't want to be smearing blood over his phone, his car, his pants, his/her shirt... Are these actors? yes...is this fake? yes? Wy watch a series like this then? ost people, I am sure do not care...but i haveto believe the premise.

So.. a recap; No policeman/woman will stand near dripping blood in the way she did casually unconcerned about getting it on everything...any intelligent professional will at least protect their clothes from fresh blood...it's a slimy slippery stainey mess; you get it on your hands,now it's on your gun, your steering wheel, your shoes...etc... wow... we all know that any one going near such a reality protects their jacket, their sinus passages...you name it, people react to this sort of thing...unless they are jus t actors trying to have their own"Doc Martin" experience; ie; a 12 season run so they can live high on the hog and not have to be so desperate for work, and put all their grandkids through college...

well...this is a series about people pretending to be actors, pretending to be cleaners and police and lofting goofy jokes in the middle of bloody or excrement filled "crime scenes".... what you actually are experiencing as a viewer is a "dumbing down" of your reality and acceptance of crime, murder...in general just eating your potato chips while laughing at poorly written comedy...but if the premise of the characters does not hold up for the first 5 minutes, I jump free..this is not a character I can believe because the creators of this series have not create da believable character... finally... AGAIN as usual I hope I am wrong and you love this series!
SeamstressReviewed in the United States on November 7, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great British Humor
Did you like Monty Python? Faulty Towers? Bertie and Jeeves? Terry Pratchett? You will like this silly and tragic examination of our silly and tragic life. Funny because it takes us into the illusions we construct around ourselves. Funny because spotlights are aimed at our foolishness, our weak minds and efforts. If you have never jumped into a pond, perhaps that is a good place to start, your silly muscles have atrophied, you are really in danger of believing all the silly and tragic lies you have told yourself. Read Pratchett until sanity returns. This show is an amazing piece of work. Congratulations, I would die in bliss if i could write like this! More please!
2 people found this helpful
G. Ross KeyReviewed in the United States on January 3, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Clever and absurd
The Cleaner is a clever and absurd comedy in the most unexpected of settings. The dialogue is witty and intelligent, and if you're not paying attention, it's easy to miss some hilarious quips. I suspect some American viewers likely won't appreciate the style of humor or appreciate the cast collected from many corners of the British entertainment scene.

The first two episodes are definitely a laugh riot. I found myself wanting to write down some of the dialogue because I found it so clever. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot twists and turns of episode one, which led up to a satisfying and appropriate ending. Episode two was delightful for the presence of David Mitchell, and he played the "grieving" writer quite well with a heaping share of clever dialogue.

It's early, so I can't tell where the series is going. I can only hope we'll get more into the life of the main character and have episodes that revolve around his relationships outside the crime scenes themselves.

I was a bit saturated after watching the first two episodes, so maybe it's not necessarily something one binges, hence the four- versus five-start rating. I can't wait to see what other British stars crop up in this one and will definitely finish it out.
S. EricksonReviewed in the United States on November 6, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the best since Fawlty Towers
The writing on this show is extremely well done. I expect Greg Davies spent a great amount of time rewriting and honing these episodes down. Every line counts, and there's no wasted fluff of dialog. The tighness reminds me of Fawlty Towers and episodes of Inside No. 9. I expect it also helps that I'm just a couple of years older than Greg Davies, so I can easily relate to his character's point of view.

I don't think this is a series that will be as funny if you watch it while playing on your phone. There is so much packed into each episode that attention is required.
2 people found this helpful
kkReviewed in the United States on November 20, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
This show "goes there" on so many absurdly funny levels
Tall, older male character takes on, well, all sorts! Gore, killers, toilets, gory killers on toilets, and so much more! And that's just the firs part of the first episode! If you find humor in the strange things people get up to, this is a good option. If you find truth funny, or fun in truth, give this a whirl. It helps to appreciate British approach to satire, but not required. If your job is about making the unspeakable ordinary, say like a hairstylist, bus driver, defense lawyer, or proctologist, this is right up your...alley.
One person found this helpful
Pineapple QueenReviewed in the United States on November 3, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great show - I like it!!
Very different and funny - I love the actrors in all the episodes - and I recognize many of the actors from other great British poductions. The premise is unusual and well handled. The Cleaner himself has great comedic timing.. I found myself giggling at him often... I like his mutterances and rhetorical statments... They all suit him. I hope they are more episodes in the future.
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