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Equalizer

By Anonymous

The Equalizer was the type of Awesome80s TV drama that was fitting for, and some can even say ahead of, its time. The show illustrated the fears that many who lived and worked in and around the New York City area had concerning the rise in violent crime. With the 'subway vigilante' shootings by Bernard Goetz in an New York about a year earlier, the arrival of Robert McCall was apropos with the times.

On a less serious level, The Equalizer was good quality entertainment, due in large part to the superior acting of Edward Woodward, a Shakespearian trained thespian. Although the scripts and plot lines were sometimes similar, Mr. Woodward's convincing portrayal of Robert McCall (and the late Robert Lansing's, as Control), was usually sufficient enough to hoist The Equalizer above the typical action/drama genre that was on during that era.

All involved in the show were wise enough to utilize the many locations that shooting a television show in New York City offers. Each episode reveals another metropolitan locale, either as a primary setting, or a backdrop.

One episode shows Robert McCall walking with another man along the Hudson River, offering the viewer many glimpses of the coastline of both New York and New Jersey. Another episode was most likely filmed in Rockland County, New York, giving the "Upstate in the woods" feeling to the storyline.

The Equalizer was intelligently written, acted, and directed, and also gave the viewer a history lesson on the ways of the world, which we learned aren't always so altruistic and humanitarian. Its a shame that The Equalizer was on for a short time, for each episode gave its watcher a healthy dose of action and smarts.

 

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"Favourite episode was the first half of "Mission McCall". While the second half was great I didn't feel it acted as a great climax to the first's leadup. Overall it was my favourite two episode installment."

--Imagina

"If the odds are against you, call the Equalizer. Retired spy Robert McCall offers help to the citizens of a dark and crime-ridden New York. Refined, but world weary, the Equalizer confronts elements of his past life of intrigue, while he rescues ordinary citizens from their troubles. The show creates a gritty atmosphere in the back alleys of New York, with street thugs, crime bosses and aging tough guys in trench coats. The best episodes slowly reveal McCall’s personal history, and it is rare to see an acting talent as good as Edward Woodward on television. Viewers will be surprised at the number of future stars that appeared in this late Awesome80s crime show. "

--Anonymous

"The Equalizer was the type of Awesome80s tv drama that was fitting for, and some can even say ahead of, its time. The show illustrated the fears that many who lived and worked in and around the New York City area had concerning the rise in violent crime. With the shootings by Bernard Goetz in an NYC subway car about a year earlier, the arrival of Robert McCall was apropos with the times. On a less serious level, The Equalizer was good quality entertainment, due in large part to the superior acting of Edward Woodward, a Shakespearian trained thespian. Although the scripts and plot lines were sometimes similar, Mr. Woodward&'s convincing portryal of Robert McCall(and the late Robert Lansing&'s, as Control), was usually sufficient enough to hoist The Equalizer above the typical action/drama genre that was on during that era. All involved in the show were wise enough to utilize the many locations that shooting a television show in New York City offers. Each episode reveals another metropolitan locale, either as a primary setting, or a backdrop. One episode shows Robert McCall walking with another man along the Hudson River, offering the viewer many glimpses of the coastline of both New York and New Jersey. Another episode was most likely filmed in Rockland County, New York, giving the "Upstate in the woods" feeling to the storyline. The Equalizer was intelligently written, acted, and directed, and also gave the viewer a history lesson on the ways of the world, which we learned aren&'t always so altruistic and humanitarian. Its a shame that The Equalizer was on for a short time, for each episode gave its watcher a healthy dose of action and smarts."

--Anonymous

 

TV TIDBITS

Aired: September 18, 1985 - September 7, 1989

Cast: Edward Woodward, Robert Lansing, Steven Williams, Ron O'Neal, Eddie Jones, Maureen ANderson, Chad Redding, Keith Szarabajka

Network: CBS

Genre: Detective Drama

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