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 The Equalizer - Season One


Show Type: Detective Drama

First Telecast: September 18, 1985

Last Telecast: September 7, 1989

Broadcast History:

September 1985 - March 1986, Wednesday 10:00-11:00 on CBS

March 1986 - August 1986, Tuesday 10:00-11:00 on CBS

September 1986 - February 1987, Wednesday 10:00-11:00 on CBS

May 1987 - June 1988, Wednesday 10:00-11:00 on CBS

June 1988 - March 1989, Wednesday 9:00-10:00 on CBS

March 1989 - May 1989, Thursday 9:00-10:00 on CBS

June 1989 - July 1989, Thursday 10:00-11:00 on CBS

August 1989 - September 1989, Thursday 9:00-10:00 on CBS


Robert McCall..... Edward Woodward

Control..... Robert Lansing

Lieutenant Burnett (1985)..... Steven Williams

Lieutenant Isadore Smalls (1986-1987)..... Ron O'Neal

Scott McCall (1986-1989)..... William Zabka

Mickey Kostmayer (1986-1989)..... Keith Szarabajka

Sergeant Alice Shepherd (1987-1989)..... Maureen Anderman

Pete O'Phelan (1987-1989)..... Chad Redding

Lieutenant Brannigan (1989)..... Eddie Jones


He had served as a secret agent for the government, but Robert McCall had grown disillusioned by all the double-dealing that he had seen over the years. Now retired, McCall, who had been known throughout his espionage career as "The Equalizer," attempted to be just that for people who found themselves facing seemingly hopeless situations. Operating his one-man security force from a plush Manhattan apartment, he found his clients through ads he placed in the local newspapers urging people in dire straits to contact The Equalizer. He was both detective and the bodyguard, and was only occasionally helped by his former Agency boss, known only as Control. McCall sought to do good on a personal level - as a form of penance for his previous life - often for little or no pay.

Also seen were Mickey, who did much of McCall's legwork; Scott, his impulsive young son; and assorted members of the N.Y.P.D. Turning up in late 1987, as the owner of a little bistro which McCall began to frequent, was a former friend from his Agency days, Pete O'Phelan.