The Equalizer

The Equalizer

1985 - 1989, Crime
A retired government agent operates a one-man security force.

Episode Guide

  • The Equalizer - Suicide Squad (Season 4 Episode 22)
    Season 4 Episode 22:

    Suicide Squad

    A high schooler fears her brother, dropped from the football team for injuries and poor grades, will turn to drug dealing.

  • The Equalizer - Endgame (Season 4 Episode 21)
    Season 4 Episode 21:


    A corporate executive (Elizabeth Berridge) finds herself a suspect when a recreational war game leads to homicide. With Edward Woodward.

  • The Equalizer - Race Traitors (Season 4 Episode 20)
    Season 4 Episode 20:

    Race Traitors

    McCall goes under cover as a neo-Nazi when he receives reports of neighborhood harassment by "skinheads.".

  • The Equalizer - Heart of Justice (Season 4 Episode 19)
    Season 4 Episode 19:

    Heart of Justice

    A man becomes desperate when two men connected to the rape and beating of his pregnant wife are released because of a clerical error.

  • The Equalizer - The Caper (Season 4 Episode 18)
    Season 4 Episode 18:

    The Caper

    McCall believes a murder-mystery buff (Maureen Stapleton) who claims she saw a real killing; guest Laura San Giacomo.

  • The Equalizer - Prisoners of Conscience (Season 4 Episode 17)
    Season 4 Episode 17:

    Prisoners of Conscience

    The man (Dan O'Herlihy) who killed McCall's father (Tim Woodward) kidnaps a Chilean poet (Tony Plana); guest Pat Hingle.

  • The Equalizer - Time Present, Time Past (Season 4 Episode 16)
    Season 4 Episode 16:

    Time Present, Time Past

    Concern reunites McCall and his ex-wife when their son, who escaped from Bulgarian kidnappers, returns with a rescue team to free a captive friend.

  • The Equalizer - Starfire (Season 4 Episode 15)
    Season 4 Episode 15:


    A girl asks McCall to help a man (Michael Moriarty) who claims to be an endangered extraterrestrial; guest George Plimpton.

  • The Equalizer - Zebra 17 (Season 4 Episode 14)
    Season 4 Episode 14:

    Zebra 17

    McCall suspects a senior paramedic of murdering drunks who supposedly died of cardiac arrest; guest Joe Seneca.

  • The Equalizer - Lullaby of Darkness (Season 4 Episode 13)
    Season 4 Episode 13:

    Lullaby of Darkness

    An elderly woman requests McCall's intervention when her landlord abuses his wife and young daughter.

  • The Equalizer - Silent Fury (Season 4 Episode 12)
    Season 4 Episode 12:

    Silent Fury

    The latest victims (Howie Seago, Cynthia Nixon) in a string of robberies of the deaf are reluctant to accept McCall's help.

  • The Equalizer - Trial by Ordeal (Season 4 Episode 11)
    Season 4 Episode 11:

    Trial by Ordeal

    McCall defends Control before a company tribunal trying him for treason; guests Roy Dotrice, Sylvia Sidney.

  • The Equalizer - Past Imperfect (Season 4 Episode 10)
    Season 4 Episode 10:

    Past Imperfect

    The near-kidnapping of a boy reveals he is the son of a Central American syndicate member (Hector Elizondo).

  • The Equalizer - The Visitation (Season 4 Episode 9)
    Season 4 Episode 9:

    The Visitation

    McCall (Edward Woodward) offers to track down the killer of an arms dealer infected with a deadly disease.

  • The Equalizer - The Sins of Our Fathers (Season 4 Episode 8)
    Season 4 Episode 8:

    The Sins of Our Fathers

    The wife (J. Smith-Cameron) of a mob leader turns to McCall (Edward Woodward) for help when her son is kidnapped.

  • The Equalizer - Making of a Martyr (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    Making of a Martyr

    A crime victim's husband threatens a gun-control advocate and her paraplegic husband; guest Sally Jessy Raphael.

  • The Equalizer - Splinters (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:


    Subversives use Kostmayer as bait for McCall and a test subject for their mind-altering drug.

  • The Equalizer - Day of the Covenant (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    Day of the Covenant

    A white South African (Theodore Bikel) blames Scott's girlfriend, a black South African musician, for his wife's death.

  • The Equalizer - Eighteen With a Bullet (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    Eighteen With a Bullet

    McCall uncovers a family's past.

  • The Equalizer - Riding the Elephant (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    Riding the Elephant

    A Chinatown merchant asks McCall for help.

  • The Equalizer - Sea of Fire (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    Sea of Fire

    McCall battles a gang that has taken over a Bronx high school.

  • The Equalizer - The Last Campaign (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    The Last Campaign

    An aide learns her boss (Stanley Tucci), an ambitious assemblyman, is involved in political blackmail; guest E.G. Marshall.

  • The Equalizer - Always a Lady (Season 3 Episode 22)
    Season 3 Episode 22:

    Always a Lady

    McCall seeks the killer of a woman (Anne Twomey) he once recruited for a dangerous South American operation.

  • The Equalizer - Target of Choice (Season 3 Episode 21)
    Season 3 Episode 21:

    Target of Choice

    A killer seeks revenge on the man (Michael Parks) who helped put him in prison; guest Verna Bloom.

  • The Equalizer - Regrets Only (Season 3 Episode 20)
    Season 3 Episode 20:

    Regrets Only

    A mother with a history of mental problems claims her ex-husband is trying to drive her insane; guest Polly Holliday.

  • The Equalizer - Last Call (Season 3 Episode 19)
    Season 3 Episode 19:

    Last Call

    A world-renowned bounty hunter corners a drug-crazed killer and his brother (Joe Maruzzo, Michael Cerveris) in Pete's Restaurant.

  • The Equalizer - No Place Like Home (Season 3 Episode 18)
    Season 3 Episode 18:

    No Place Like Home

    A 10-year-old asks McCall to help his homeless family, abused by the owner of a hotel used for public housing.

  • The Equalizer - The Mystery of Manon (Season 3 Episode 17)
    Season 3 Episode 17:

    The Mystery of Manon

    With Control and Scott taken prisoner, McCall doubts the woman who claims to be his lost love, Manon.

  • The Equalizer - The Mystery of Manon (Season 3 Episode 16)
    Season 3 Episode 16:

    The Mystery of Manon

    The alleged suicide of a friend raises McCall's suspicions, and McCall's daughter returns, having followed her "father" to New York fearing for his sanity.

  • The Equalizer - Something Green (Season 3 Episode 15)
    Season 3 Episode 15:

    Something Green

    McCall suspects that a foreign dignitary accused of kidnapping his son is using his diplomatic status as a front.

  • The Equalizer - Video Games (Season 3 Episode 14)
    Season 3 Episode 14:

    Video Games

    A reporter's (Daniel Davis) probe into his daughter's death leads to a prostitution ring, blackmail and murder.

  • The Equalizer - The Child Broker (Season 3 Episode 13)
    Season 3 Episode 13:

    The Child Broker

    McCall goes after a scam artist who manipulates a gang of delinquents into doing his dirty work for him.

  • The Equalizer - A Dance on the Dark Side (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:

    A Dance on the Dark Side

    An aide (Amanda Plummer) in a police task force overhears a conversation about the murder of an undercover officer.

  • The Equalizer - Christmas Presence (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:

    Christmas Presence

    While McCall tries to lift Gage's holiday spirits, he gets a cry for help from a 6-year-old with AIDS.

  • The Equalizer - The Rehearsal (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    The Rehearsal

    Seeking revenge on a director (George Morfogen), a psychopath booby-traps the theater doors during rehearsal.

  • The Equalizer - Shadow Play (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    Shadow Play

    An ex-agent (Richard Jordan) helps protect a mayor involved in a covert Company plan to supply freedom fighters.

  • The Equalizer - Mission: McCall (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Mission: McCall

    Scott and Kostmayer (William Zabka, Keith Szarabajka) realize that they must play by Dyson's (Robert Mitchum) rules if they want to see McCall (Edward Woodward) alive. With Richard Jordan.

  • The Equalizer - Mission: McCall (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Mission: McCall

    McCall (Edward Woodward) is abducted, and two former associates (Robert Mitchum, Richard Jordan) race against the clock to find him.

  • The Equalizer - Encounter in a Closed Room (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Encounter in a Closed Room

    American and Soviet agents search for an Eastern European scientist who is intent on applying for political asylum.

  • The Equalizer - In the Money (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    In the Money

    McCall and Kostmayer (Edward Woodward, Keith Szarabajka) stumble into a case of murder and corruption on Wall Street.

  • The Equalizer - Suspicion of Innocence (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Suspicion of Innocence

    A mentally impaired man (Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio) is suspected of killing a co-worker; guests William Converse, Charles Cioffi.

  • The Equalizer - Blood and Wine (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Blood and Wine

    McCall enlists a repentant ex-terrorist monk (Telly Savalas) to track down an international terrorist.

  • The Equalizer - Blood and Wine (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Blood and Wine

    McCall enlists a repentant ex-terrorist monk (Telly Savalas) to track down an international terrorist.

  • The Equalizer - Re-Entry (Season 2 Episode 22)
    Season 2 Episode 22:


    A boy hires McCall to save his father (John Goodman), a security expert blackmailed to steal a chemical.

  • The Equalizer - Hand and Glove (Season 2 Episode 21)
    Season 2 Episode 21:

    Hand and Glove

    A con artist and a woman under psychiatric care turn to McCall (Edward Woodward) for help. With W.H. Macy and Charles Keating.

  • The Equalizer - First Light (Season 2 Episode 20)
    Season 2 Episode 20:

    First Light

    Scott's attempts to use his father's methods in helping a friend result in a life-and-death predicament that only his dad can solve.

  • The Equalizer - Coal Black Soul (Season 2 Episode 19)
    Season 2 Episode 19:

    Coal Black Soul

    A beautiful psychiatrist (Patricia Kalember) helps McCall understand a serial murderer begging to be stopped.

  • The Equalizer - A Place to Stay (Season 2 Episode 18)
    Season 2 Episode 18:

    A Place to Stay

    A 13-year-old girl, running away from her battling parents, becomes caught up in the world of child pornography.

  • The Equalizer - Solo (Season 2 Episode 17)
    Season 2 Episode 17:


    A police officer (Kevin Spacey) tracks a bail-jumper (Lindsay Crouse) accused of killing his partner; guest Austin Pendleton.

  • The Equalizer - Memories of Manon (Season 2 Episode 16)
    Season 2 Episode 16:

    Memories of Manon

    Time is running out as Yvette tries to learn the identity of the person who has been giving information to her police inspector father.

  • The Equalizer - Memories of Manon (Season 2 Episode 15)
    Season 2 Episode 15:

    Memories of Manon

    Control summons McCall to help the daughter (Melissa Sue Anderson) of a kidnapped Quebec police inspector.

  • The Equalizer - Carnal Persuasion (Season 2 Episode 14)
    Season 2 Episode 14:

    Carnal Persuasion

    A judge asks a woman for sexual favors as part of an agreement to reduce her husband's drug-possession sentence.

  • The Equalizer - Beyond Control (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    Beyond Control

    Fearing for his life, Control asks McCall to protect him from the KGB, who infiltrated a Company operation.

  • The Equalizer - High Performance (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    High Performance

    A construction worker observes a strangling in an apartment across the street, but police find no body.

  • The Equalizer - Heartstrings (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:


    McCall (Edward Woodward) comes to the aid of a widow whose infant son was kidnapped from her hospital bed.

  • The Equalizer - The Cup (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    The Cup

    Mickey's brother, a priest, refuses to reveal details of an assassination plot heard in confession.

  • The Equalizer - Tip on a Sure Thing (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    Tip on a Sure Thing

    Extortionists snatch a jockey's son to force the man to throw a high-stakes race; guests Paul Gleason, Cleavant Derricks.

  • The Equalizer - The Line (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    The Line

    McCall comes to the rescue when a notorious vigilante group tries to hide its involvement in the murder of a student.

  • The Equalizer - Counterfire (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:


    A group of shady characters and a series of fake obituaries figure in a scheme to frame McCall for murder.

  • The Equalizer - Nightscape (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:


    Three drug-crazed thugs terrorize night riders on the subway. Guest stars: Austin Pendleton, Frances Fisher and Thomas G. Waites.

  • The Equalizer - Shades of Darkness (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Shades of Darkness

    An officer in the National Guard is implicated in a gruesome murder and turns to McCall for much-needed help.

  • The Equalizer - Joyride (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:


    A high schooler (Christian Slater) takes a hearse for a joy ride, then discovers the casket is filled with crack.

  • The Equalizer - A Community of Civilized Men (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    A Community of Civilized Men

    His girlfriend's (Tammy Grimes) death leads McCall to a woman (Jennifer Grey) pursued by a terrorist (Lewis Vanbergen).

  • The Equalizer - Nocturne (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:


    McCall hires distraught Logan (Michael Parks) to protect a blind woman (Jessica Harper) from a man who attacked her years before.

  • The Equalizer - Prelude (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:


    McCall faces death when he attempts to save a kidnapped journalist being tortured in a Latin American dictatorship.

  • The Equalizer - Pretenders (Season 1 Episode 22)
    Season 1 Episode 22:


    McCall checks up on a reporter's reclusive neighbor (Tony Musante) and uncovers murder.

  • The Equalizer - Unpunished Crime (Season 1 Episode 21)
    Season 1 Episode 21:

    Unpunished Crime

    Creative McCall sets a trap for a corporate president suspected of stealing an inventor's automotive design.

  • The Equalizer - No Conscience (Season 1 Episode 20)
    Season 1 Episode 20:

    No Conscience

    McCall retraces the steps of a ladies' man given 36 hours to deliver information from a mystery woman to killers.

  • The Equalizer - Breakpoint (Season 1 Episode 19)
    Season 1 Episode 19:


    McCall and several other wedding-party members fall victim to a terrorist plot to abduct a wealthy philanthropist.

  • The Equalizer - Unnatural Causes (Season 1 Episode 18)
    Season 1 Episode 18:

    Unnatural Causes

    McCall and a former agent (Gwen Verdon) follow a single clue to find the killer of lonely middle-aged women.

  • The Equalizer - Torn (Season 1 Episode 17)
    Season 1 Episode 17:


    McCall (Edward Woodward) is torn between protecting a woman from her abusive husband and confronting an old enemy.

  • The Equalizer - Wash-Up (Season 1 Episode 16)
    Season 1 Episode 16:


    The owner (Robert Davi) of a window-washing operation threatens two workers who want to form a union.

  • The Equalizer - Dead Drop (Season 1 Episode 15)
    Season 1 Episode 15:

    Dead Drop

    An innocent man (James Murtagh) becomes involved with a ring dealing in stolen information; guest Robin Curtis.

  • The Equalizer - Out of the Past (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:

    Out of the Past

    A paroled robber terrorizes the current spouse (Barry Primus) of McCall's ex-wife (Sandy Dennis).

  • The Equalizer - Back Home (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    Back Home

    McCall's (Edward Woodward) investigation of a wealthy slumlord reveals a plot to kill the man's wife.

  • The Equalizer - Reign of Terror (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Reign of Terror

    A doctor (Lonette McKee) in an inner-city clinic asks McCall to protect her patients from a gang; guest Fred Williamson.

  • The Equalizer - Desperately (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:


    A bored housewife (Blanche Baker) leaves a restaurant with a stranger (Ray Sharkey) and witnesses a murder.

  • The Equalizer - Bump and Run (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Bump and Run

    A vigilante killer pins McCall's newspaper ad to his victims; Kostmayer romances a client; guest Mark Linn-Baker.

  • The Equalizer - Mama's Boy (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Mama's Boy

    A mother asks McCall to extricate her son (Adam Horovitz) from the world of drug smuggling; guest Billy Wirth.

  • The Equalizer - The Distant Fire (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    The Distant Fire

    An assassin seeks McCall's backing in an attack on a political figure (George Morfogen) and his wife (Alberta Watson).

  • The Equalizer - The Children's Song (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    The Children's Song

    McCall and Scott head out for a weekend in the country, but wind up helping an assault victim (Dana Baron).

  • The Equalizer - Confirmation Day (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Confirmation Day

    McCall helps a man who unknowingly delivered a shipment of contraband for a friend with mob connections.

  • The Equalizer - Lady Cop (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Lady Cop

    A policewoman's life is in danger after she realizes that her fellow officers are involved in corruption and murder.

  • The Equalizer - The Lock Box (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    The Lock Box

    A man from the Midwest turns to McCall (Edward Woodward) for assistance when his daughter is abducted. Guest star: Adam Ant.

  • The Equalizer - The Defector (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    The Defector

    McCall (Edward Woodward) poses as a homeless derelict in an effort to foil attempts on the life of an old friend.

  • The Equalizer - China Rain (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    China Rain

    Kidnappers mistake a Chinese boy for the son of wealthy parents.

  • The Equalizer - Pilot (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:


    Former secret agent Robert McCall resigns and opens a one-man security company; guest Patricia Kalember.