The BEST Episodes of The Equalizer

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 17, 2020

Network: CBS

Robert McCall is a former agent of a shadowy, unnamed government agency, who is trying to make up for the unspoken sins of his past. His atonement comes in the form of an advertisement in a New York newspaper that features the quote: "Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer." McCall uses his finely honed skills and occasionally the agents and resources from his old agency to combat the injustices perpetrated against those who can't seek protection from the law.

First Light

#1 - First Light

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired May 13, 1987

While McCall is testifying in Washington, Scott tries his hand and looks for thugs harassing a local merchant.

star 8.38
13 votes
Directors: Richard Compton
Writers: Jack V. Fogarty
Memories of Manon (1)

#2 - Memories of Manon (1)

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 4, 1987

Control's goddaughter is threatened with the death of her father, a Canadian agent, unless she can reveal his informant. Then with little time left, McCall tells Kostmayer of his personal reasons for wanting to save Yvette and her father.

star 8.14
14 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Coleman Luck
Mission: McCall (1)

#3 - Mission: McCall (1)

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 28, 1987

Scott discovers that his father has been kidnapped by someone, and following his father's instructions, contacts an old Company colleague, Richard Dyson, who sets things in motion to find out who has McCall and to get him back.

star 8.06
18 votes
Directors: Alan Metzger
Writers: Ed Waters, Scott Shepherd
A Place to Stay

#4 - A Place to Stay

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 25, 1987

A young girl runs away from her quarreling parents and into the hands of a child pornographer.

star 7.86
14 votes
Writers: Carleton Eastlake, Coleman Luck, Marc Rubin
High Performance

#5 - High Performance

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 7, 1987

A construction worker becomes both witness and target when she sees a murder and is spotted by the killer.

star 7.83
12 votes
Directors: Russ Mayberry
Writers: Jack V. Fogarty
The Confirmation Day

#6 - The Confirmation Day

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 23, 1985

McCall helps a former showgirl convinced someone is stalking her and a boy whose father helped steal antiques now wanted by two separate parties.

star 7.82
116 votes
Writers: Edward Adler, Eric Blakeney, Gene Miller, Heywood Gould
The Children's Song

#7 - The Children's Song

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 30, 1985

Father and son protect a girl from would-be rapists intent on killing the only witness to a murder.

star 7.74
65 votes
Directors: Richard Compton
Writers: Howard Chesley, Joel Surnow, Maurice Hurley
Hand and Glove

#8 - Hand and Glove

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired May 20, 1987

Nightmares become a reality for an invalid woman when a threatening figures from her dreams appears in her room.

star 7.73
11 votes
Directors: Alan Metzger
Writers: Coleman Luck
Mama's Boy

#9 - Mama's Boy

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 13, 1985

A career woman wants McCall's aid in ending her son's fascination with a charismatic drug dealer.

star 7.71
59 votes
Directors: James Sheldon
Writers: Heywood Gould
The Equalizer

#10 - The Equalizer

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 18, 1985

A former government agent offers his services to people facing problems too big for them to handle, such as a woman being stalked by a psychopath and a man who learns of a blackmail scheme involving government officials.

star 7.62
190 votes
Directors: Rod Holcomb
Writers: Michael Sloan
In the Money

#11 - In the Money

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 7, 1987

The trading on Wall Street gets a little rough; McCall and Mickey pull a half-drowned woman from the river after she gets in the way of some ruthless manipulators.

star 7.62
13 votes
Directors: Aaron Lipstadt
Writers: Ed Waters, Scott Shepherd
Mission: McCall (2)

#12 - Mission: McCall (2)

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 4, 1987

Scott discovers that his father has been kidnapped by someone, and following his father's instructions, contacts an old Company colleague, Richard Dyson, who sets things in motion to find out who has McCall and to get him back.

star 7.61
18 votes
Directors: Alan Metzger
Writers: Coleman Luck, Ed Waters, Robert Eisele, Scott Shepherd
Solo

#13 - Solo

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 18, 1987

McCall gets involved romantically and professionally with a woman wanted in Pennsylvania for killing a cop.

star 7.59
17 votes
Directors: Alan Metzger
Writers: Carleton Eastlake
Inner View

#14 - Inner View

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 18, 1987

A psychic can't convince the police that she has `seen' the next attack of a serial killer, so she turns to McCall for help in preventing it.

star 7.59
17 votes
Directors: Marc Laub
Writers: Jim Trombetta
Beyond Control

#15 - Beyond Control

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 14, 1987

Control becomes McCall's client when a KGB agent who infiltrated a think tank is murdered.

star 7.57
14 votes
Directors: Alan Metzger
Writers: Coleman Luck
Christmas Presence

#16 - Christmas Presence

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 16, 1987

McCall asks Harley to help him handle a request for help from a six-year-old AIDS victim who is living with his grandmother and facing increasingly violent harassment from the frightened and angry neighbors.

star 7.55
11 votes
Writers: Coleman Luck
Coal Black Soul

#17 - Coal Black Soul

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired May 6, 1987

McCall is torn between a lovely psychiatrist and a man who calls and says he can't stop himself from murdering women.

star 7.53
15 votes
Directors: Richard Compton
Writers: Scott Shepherd
Blood and Wine (1)

#18 - Blood and Wine (1)

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 23, 1987

McCall and a former terrorist, now a monk, are both searching for the monk's former partner, a terrorist who uses plastic surgery after each assignment to keep ahead of his enemies.

star 7.53
15 votes
Directors: Alan Metzger
Writers: Coleman Luck
The Rehearsal

#19 - The Rehearsal

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 2, 1987

McCall and Kostmayer are caught with an acting company rehearsing a new work when a psychopath boobytraps the theater exits with bombs.

star 7.46
13 votes
Directors: Alan Metzger
Writers: Robert Eisele
The Last Campaign

#20 - The Last Campaign

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 26, 1988

The aide to an ambitious candidate for state senator discovers that her boss is blackmailing the incumbent into endorsing his candidacy.

star 7.46
13 votes
Directors: Richard Compton
Writers: Janet Scott Batchler, Lee Batchler
Bump and Run

#21 - Bump and Run

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 20, 1985

Muggers seek revenge on a student who injured one of them while escaping, and a vigilante killer pins McCall's ad to his victims.

star 7.44
87 votes
Directors: Richard Compton
Writers: Joel Surnow, Maurice Hurley
Heartstrings

#22 - Heartstrings

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 17, 1986

A woman asks McCall for help recovering her kidnapped newborn son.

star 7.42
12 votes
Directors: Russ Mayberry
Writers: Loraine Despres
Something Green

#23 - Something Green

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 10, 1988

The ex-wife of a European diplomat asks McCall to help her retrieve her son from his father before he can leave the country with the boy and $10 million in mob money.

star 7.42
12 votes
Directors: Luis Soto
Writers: Kevin Droney
Counterfire

#24 - Counterfire

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 19, 1986

The odds are against McCall when he's framed for the murder of a blind man.

star 7.40
47 votes
Directors: Alan Metzger
Writers: Coleman Luck, Scott Shepherd
Re-Entry

#25 - Re-Entry

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 27, 1987

McCall helps a young boy whose father was tricked into committing a crime.

star 7.40
10 votes
Directors: Aaron Lipstadt
Writers: Dennis Manuel