The Equalizer: Season 1 (2021)


Season 1
The Equalizer

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Queen Latifah returns to the small screen in full command of her craft - if only The Equalizer's overly- engineered early episodes were on her level.

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Critic Ratings: 27

39%

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User Ratings: 202

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Episodes

Air date: Feb 7, 2021

In the series premiere, enigmatic former CIA operative Robyn McCall acclimates to civilian life; and feels compelled to help a teenager accused of murder who's on the run from the criminals who framed her for the crime.

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Air date: Feb 14, 2021

McCall's online ad leads her to a mother whose son has been kidnapped by a human trafficker and will be executed unless she steals confidential information from her FBI agent employer. Also, McCall enlists Aunt Vi to help uncover a secret Delilah is keeping from them both.

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Air date: Feb 21, 2021

McCall tries to help an escaped prisoner who is wrongly accused of murder; McCall worries when her daughter, Delilah, stops hanging out with a close friend; Dante's search for McCall takes an unexpected turn.

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Air date: Feb 28, 2021

McCall investigates a community activist's staged suicide and uncovers a connection between his murder and his protests over local real estate development.

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Air date: Mar 28, 2021

McCall tries to locate a missing British mathematician and gets tangled in an international fight for a revolutionary financial technology.

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Air date: Apr 4, 2021

Mel goes undercover as a volunteer for a rising politician when McCall tries to help a despondent college student being threatened by someone inside the candidate's campaign. Also, McCall worries when Delilah starts hanging out with a young girl who served time in juvenile detention and reminds McCall of her own troubled youth.

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Cast & Crew

Lorraine Toussaint
Viola "Vi" Marsette
Tory Kittles
Detective Marcus Dante
Chris Noth
William Bishop
Adam Goldberg
Harry Keshegian
Liza Lapira
Melody "Mel" Bayani
Queen Latifah
Robyn McCall
Erica Camarano
Detective Paley
Robert G. McKay
Charles Evans
Jennifer Ferrin
D.A. Avery Grafton
Anthony Bradford
Segment Producer
Sarah Baskin
Patty Romero
Sarah Bockel
Claudia Martin
Joe Perrino
Dale Aldridge
Zach Appleman
Edwin Harrington
Jazmin Williams
Olivia Bryant
Liz Friedlander
Executive Producer
Terri Miller
Executive Producer
Andrew Marlowe
Executive Producer
Richard Lindheim
Executive Producer
John Davis
Executive Producer
Shakim Compere
Executive Producer
Debra Martin Chase
Executive Producer
Dana Owens
Executive Producer
John Fox
Executive Producer
Michael Sloan
Writer
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Critic Reviews for The Equalizer Season 1

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (13)

Not that believable or even that compelling, but at least CBS is trying something different.

Feb 23, 2021 | Full Review…

There's potential there for a compelling Robin Hood-esque fable that could be exciting. Alas, it's CBS, and time will tell whether the show's creators and showrunners, Andrew Marlowe and Terri Miller, will exploit any far more intriguing possibilities.

Feb 8, 2021 | Rating: C | Full Review…

What about Latifah? As always, perfectly fine, although now and then she gives off just the slightest vibe that she has to fight the urge to roll her eyes. She's far too good an actress not to know bunkum when she sees it.

Feb 5, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

I like the show best when it abandons righteousness and goes for camp, as when McCall pretends to be a chauffeur in order to duplicate her passenger's cell phone.

Mar 8, 2021 | Full Review…

CBS is really good at this sort of by-the-numbers genre offering - and, in this case, that should give "The Equalizer" a fighting chance to make its mark.

Feb 23, 2021 | Full Review…

It's heartfelt and engaging. This has a lot to do with Queen Latifah, who's a joy to watch. She's funny and sweet, while also badass.

Feb 8, 2021 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Why does Queen Latifah's equalizer kick ass? Because she is Queen Latifah. My god. What more do you want?

Mar 5, 2021 | Full Review…

My complaints don't mean that I don't like the show. As I said before, I love watching Latifah in almost anything, so I'll at least stick around for a couple more episodes...

Mar 5, 2021 | Full Review…

Queen Latifah was one of the sole reasons to watch Star, but there is a lot to love about The Equalizer, and it largely comes down to the solid casting.

Feb 23, 2021 | Rating: 3.75/5 | Full Review…

The actors may be different, but the scripts never change.

Feb 23, 2021 | Full Review…

Although the pilot is formulaic in the extreme,it's a formula that works, and the results are interesting. If nothing else, Queen Latifah's natural magnetism hooked me long enough to want to see her help at least two or three more of New York's lost souls

Feb 23, 2021 | Full Review…

Crime-fighter reboot has strong lead, predictable plots.

Feb 17, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Equalizer: Season 1

  • 5d ago
    There are so many shows already exploring the dystopian future of an uncertain now. All you ever hear on the news are stories of how unfair or uncertain our current reality is. I watch this show RELIGIOUSLY because I NEED to believe in a future where black women can be heroes, where good guys can win, and where justice can be served. ESPECIALLY now. The news is already full of uncertainty and injustice -- I watch it and feel defeated. I don't need more of that in my entertainment. I already know what reality looks like and feels like. I don't need this show to be anything other than what it is. It's PERFECT. I watch this and feel inspired to fight another day. Thank you for putting this show together.
  • 5d ago
    I want to like this show. I love Queen Latifah as an actor and there are occasional good moments, however, it is just so totally unbelievable. She just doesn't seem to have any special skills to pull off what she does on the show. I know that some suspension of disbelief is required but really...? I know that I'm losing interest when the episodes start accumulating on my DVR. After the third episode, I'm ready to give up.
  • 6d ago
    Unsure how anyone can watch this, nothing like the movie. Network TV is out of touch with customers. This show should be Cancelled this season. CBS could have done so much better.
  • 6d ago
    If I were Denzel, I'd be pissed that this show seems to go out of the way to wreck the premise.
  • Apr 03, 2021
    The Equalizer is like the Lethal Weapon series except not a disaster behind the scenes. Go watch it!!
  • Apr 02, 2021
    It's good that a woman with talent (and sass) is the primary actor for the franchise. Latifa makes her character tough yet aware, tender yet firm. She's bad assed yet street savvy.
  • Apr 02, 2021
    This show is awesome I have enjoyed every episode and look forward to seeing more episodes and seeing how the shows unfolds I can't wait.for Sunday nights because the equalizer is on and it's something finally decent to watch on tv because I am tired of reality tv
  • Mar 30, 2021
    I love this show. It has some of my favorite actresses in it, and depicts women as smart and strong leaders. Fight for Right!
  • Mar 30, 2021
    lacração total, esta mais para parodia
  • Mar 28, 2021
    It's the worst TV remake ever done a waste of time, an over a feminised TV show, don't need this show as we already have Denzel Washington.

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