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The Equalizer 

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A retired Intelligence Agent turned private detective helps various threatened clients to equalize the odds.
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1989   1988   1987   1986   1985  
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Martin Shaw, who gained fame on the British series The Professionals (1977), turned down the role of Robert McCall on this show. See more »

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Robert McCall: Don't do something you won't live to regret.
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Referenced in In Search of James Bond with Jonathan Ross (1995) See more »

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Excellent and highly Intelligent
12 January 2003 | by ClanDonaldSee all my reviews

"The Equalizer" was a unique and amazing series. I followed each episode with great interest. The ensemble of talent was remarkable - Edward Woodward having started out as a Shakespearean actor.

Hostile comments against this brilliant series derive largely from an inability to understand what McCall represented and who he was. A veteran of the British Army, he served in the Suez conflict and - while in the SAS - in operations in Malaya against Maoist gunmen. On leaving the British service he was recruited by the CIA who had apparently heard of his SAS exploits and talent in intelligence gathering. As his mother was an American, he could qualify as a US citizen - combine that with his last name, and he hardly qualifies as an Englishman. In the CIA he worked in Vietnam, where he met many of his later New York allies.

The character of Robert McCall may be in his early-mid fifties, but has a background of training and experience which would humble any supposedly tough petty-thug. For better organised enemies, McCall has a loyal following of friends to call on, including a selection of law enforcement personnel and ex-Special Forces men.

Therefore, he is not the tea-sipping greying middle-aged gentleman he may appear to be at first.

I adored this show. It requires a certain depth of historical knowledge to fully understand.


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18 September 1985 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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