A retired Intelligence Agent turned private detective helps various threatened clients to equalize the odds.
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Complete series cast summary:
Edward Woodward ...  Robert McCall 88 episodes, 1985-1989
Keith Szarabajka ...  Mickey Kostmayer 56 episodes, 1985-1989
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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>

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18 September 1985 (USA) See more »

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Der Equalizer See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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Universal Television See more »
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Mono

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Color

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4:3
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Trivia

Edward Woodward suffered a heart attack in the summer of 1987. Accordingly, the producers needed to find a quick replacement while Woodward recuperated. Robert Mitchum was brought on as an old friend of Robert McCall, who helped McCall's son search for his missing father in the two-part episode, "Mission: McCall". Richard Jordan was also brought on as embittered former operative Harley Gage, and stayed for eight more episodes. See more »

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Robert McCall: Don't do something you won't live to regret.
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Catching Up.
9 June 2005 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

A former CIA spy (Edward Woodward) is now a private investigator that helps out clients with problems that are beyond the normal authorities in "The Equalizer", one of the better series of its type during the late-1980s. The show went on for five seasons on CBS and did fairly well in the ratings department. There is definitely a hard and dark edge to this series which has been somewhat forgotten over the years but still packs a punch with its adult themes and story lines. Woodward dominated here while others (son William Zabka in particular) came and went in a revolving door of regulars and guest stars. A heart attack suffered by Woodward in real life during the middle of the run looked like it might kill the concept for good, but "The Equalizer" quietly went on without a hitch until it was finally canceled by the network in 1989. 4 stars out of 5.


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