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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 18, 1985
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
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  • Starring: Steven Williams, Robert Lansing, Edward Woodward
  • Summary: GOT A PROBLEM?

    The Equalizer (Robert McCall) is a former agent of a shadowy, unnamed government agency, who is trying to make up for the unspoken sins of his past. His atonement comes in the form of an advertisement in the newspaper that features
    the above quote. McCall uses his finely honed skills, and occasionally, the agents and resources from his old agency, to combat the injustices perpetrated against those who can't seek protection from the law. He battles corrupt politicians, abusive husbands, greedy corporate executives, stalkers, kidnappers and gangsters to avenge those who are helpless. Sometimes, McCall's past comes back to haunt him when spies and international terrorists set foot in New York City and his former employer drags him back in to help track them down.

    In McCall's dark world, few people can be trusted. One man he always relies on is his former fellow agent, Mickey Kostmayer, who often assists McCall in his cases. Another is his former boss, a man known only as Control, who pulls government strings to give McCall a hand when he can.

    British actor Edward Woodward plays Robert McCall to perfection, bringing a dark undercurrent of anger and sorrow to the man while still allowing his compassion for the downtrodden to show through. The series ran for four years on CBS, premiering in 1985 and ending in 1989.

    Special Thanks to the late Donna Lemaster, who started this episode guide
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
  • Creator: Michael Sloan, Richard Lindheim
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Sep 18, 1985
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 10:00 PM
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Sonsky
    Aug 15, 2013
    But I think the biggest reason is that I like its star, the British actor Woodward, who is an older man, 55, a veteran actor of 40 years, and not just another pretty young face on a vacuous head. He gives this show the same touch of class that another British export, Patrick Macnee, used to give The Avengers. [18 Sept 1985, p.3]
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Aug 15, 2013
    Woodward seems destined to become the season's most seasoned heartthrob. Women will adore him, men admire him. He gives his character an affecting worldly disenchantment, but at the same time brings out all the allure in the wish-fulfillment aspects of the role. [18 Sept 1985, p.D1]
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    The results of this ploy are predictable. But the end of the episode delivers a satisfying double kick that neatly caps off Woodward's generally understated performance. It needs better scripts, but Woodward makes The Equalizer worth watching. [18 Sept 1985, p.C7]
  4. Reviewed by: John J. O'Connor
    Aug 15, 2013
    The Equalizer...recites the Vigilante Creed with effective fervor. And Mr. Woodward, the always accomplished actor whose more recent credits include "A Christmas Carol" on television and the title role in the Australian film "Breaker Morant," is so good that he makes the entire questionable enterprise seem almost reasonable.
  5. Reviewed by: Steve Daley
    Aug 15, 2013
    A misfired offering. [18 Sept 1985, p.7]
  6. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Aug 15, 2013
    The evening's funniest show on CBS, though, is a drama, The Equalizer. [18 Sept 1985, p.6]
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