7.8/10
3,905
54 user 3 critic

The Equalizer 

Clip
1:01 | Clip

On Disc

at Amazon

A retired Intelligence Agent turned private detective helps various threatened clients to equalize the odds.
Reviews
Popularity
1,451 ( 4)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



4   3   2   1  
1989   1988   1987   1986   1985  
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 11 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Memories of Manon (TV Movie 1988)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Yvette Marcel (Melissa Anderson) asks her godfather Control and McCall for help dealing with her irrational father, who is intent on locating Manon, the mother she believed had been killed years before.

Director: Tony Wharmby
Stars: Edward Woodward, Melissa Sue Anderson, Robert Lansing
Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Mystery and suspense series based on Robert Parker's "Spenser" novels. Spenser, a private investigator living in Boston, gets involved in a new murder mystery each episode.

Stars: Robert Urich, Avery Brooks, Ron McLarty
T.J. Hooker (1982–1986)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The weekly adventures of tough-as-nails veteran police officer Sgt. T.J. Hooker, who rides the beat with his rookie partner Vince Romano.

Stars: William Shatner, Heather Locklear, Adrian Zmed
Hunter I (1984–1991)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Rick Hunter is a renegade cop who breaks the rules and takes justice into his own hands. Partnered with the equally stunning and rebellious Sgt. McCall, the tough-minded duo set out to crack down on L.A.'s slimiest criminals.

Stars: Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer, Charles Hallahan
The Fall Guy (1981–1986)
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The adventures of a film stuntman who moonlights as a bounty hunter when movie work is slow.

Stars: Lee Majors, Douglas Barr, Heather Thomas
Jake and the Fatman (1987–1992)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Veteran district attorney "Fatman" McCabe solves cases with the help of his easygoing private investigator partner Jake Styles.

Stars: William Conrad, Joe Penny, Alan Campbell
The New Mike Hammer (1984–1989)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The cases of Mickey Spillane's classic private eye character.

Stars: Stacy Keach, Lindsay Bloom, Don Stroud
Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two female police detectives cooperate with each other both in their professions and in their personal lives.

Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman
L.A. Law (1986–1994)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The lives and work of the staff of a major Los Angeles law firm.

Stars: Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After a severely injured test pilot is rebuilt with nuclear-powered limbs and implants, he serves as an intelligence agent.

Stars: Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks
Remington Steele (1982–1987)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The cases of a female private detective partnered with a former thief who assumes the role of a fictitious detective in the business.

Stars: Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan, Doris Roberts
Hart to Hart (1979–1984)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The globe-trotting adventures of amateur detectives Jonathan (Robert Wagner) and Jennifer Hart (Stefanie Powers).

Stars: Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers, Lionel Stander
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Edward Woodward ...  Robert McCall 88 episodes, 1985-1989
Keith Szarabajka ...  Mickey Kostmayer 56 episodes, 1985-1989
Edit

Storyline

Robert McCall is "The Equalizer", a private detective with a lot of contacts who is available for hire if you have a problem that you don't know how to solve. His no-nonsense attitude, compassion, and experience with dealing with a wide variety of situations makes him a powerful and useful detective. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Equalizer See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Melissa Leo guest-starred in one episode of the series. In 2014, she co-starred in the theatrical film adaptation of the series, with Denzel Washington in the title role. See more »

Quotes

Robert McCall: Don't do something you won't live to regret.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Goldbergs: Ho-ly K.I.T.T. (2016) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Woodwards the best.
26 June 2004 | by mm-39See all my reviews

I like this show. Robert McCall was a company man with a guilty conscious who tried to find redemption through doing good works. Robert must have broken many cold war eggs to make many omletes. McCall's skills were now used to help the defenseless. This show like many other great 80 shows had a similar story lines. Where the Equalizer differed is with his method of intelligence. Like an intelligence officer Robert plotted, probed, planned, and visualized. Luck and the ability to out wit the opponent made for an interesting television show. Nice seeing this over the self centered tripe of todays TV. I never seen another show like this on TV. They should make this into a movie. I bet the old BBC show the Naturalizer was an influence for the shows producers. 8 out of 10 baby


29 of 31 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 54 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed