The Equalizer (2021 TV series)

The Equalizer is an American crime drama television series that premiered on CBS on February 7, 2021. It is the second reboot in the franchise, following the 2014 film and its 2018 and 2023 sequels, and is a reboot of the 1980s series with the same name.

The Equalizer
Based onThe Equalizer
by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim
Developed byAndrew W. Marlowe & Terri Edda Miller
Music by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes48 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Zoe Robyn
  • Meredith Mills
  • Joe Gazzam
  • Erik Lee
  • Jamila Daniel
  • Raymond Quinlan
  • Jolian Blevins
  • James Kilton
  • Dorian Harris
  • Matthew Philip Smith
  • Nick Towle
  • Brock Hammitt
  • Doug Hannah
  • Steven Lang
  • James Michael Crawford
  • Debby Germino
  • Scott Lerner
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time43–44 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseFebruary 7, 2021 (2021-02-07) –
present (present)

The series is co-created by executive producers Richard Lindheim, with Michael Sloan, and Queen Latifah, who also stars as the titular character. John Davis, John Fox, Debra Martin Chase, Andrew Marlowe, and Terri Miller also serve as executive producers. Lindheim died from heart failure on January 18, 2021, while working on the series; the series premiere is dedicated to his memory.

In March 2021, the series was renewed for a second season which premiered on October 10, 2021. In May 2022, the series was renewed for its third and fourth seasons. The third season premiered on October 2, 2022. The fourth premiered on February 18, 2024.

Premise edit

"The series centers around Robyn McCall, an enigmatic woman in New York City and single mother to teenage daughter Delilah with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn, acting as a guardian angel and a defender for those who cannot defend themselves while pursuing her own redemption."[1]

Cast edit

Main edit

  • Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall, a.k.a. "the Equalizer", a divorced single mother and former CIA operative who acts as a street vigilante for justice
  • Tory Kittles as Marcus Dante, a divorced single father of two sons, and an intelligent and shrewd NYPD detective on Robyn's trail because he is reluctant to have Robyn help him, but who finds common ground in getting justice. In season 2, they become allies and friends.
  • Adam Goldberg as Harry Keshegian, Melody's husband and a master hacker who faked his death with Robyn's help[2]
  • Liza Lapira as Melody "Mel" Bayani, a former U.S. Air Force sniper turned owner of a bar that acts as a secret base of operations, and an old friend of Robyn's from her service days
  • Laya DeLeon Hayes as Delilah, Robyn's 15-year-old daughter, who is rebellious and feels neglected by Robyn, despite their attempts to bond with each other
  • Lorraine Toussaint as Viola "Aunt Vi" Marsette, Robyn's wise paternal aunt, who lives with Robyn and Delilah, having moved from Milwaukee to help them out, and is an artist.
  • Chris Noth as William Bishop (seasons 1–2),[3] a quirky ex–CIA director and old friend of Robyn's who now runs his own private security company. He acts as liaison between Robyn and the CIA. In season 2, he is killed in a plane crash by Robyn's nemesis, Mason Quinn.

Recurring edit

  • Erica Camarano as Detective Paley (season 1; guest season 2), who works with Dante. She is shot and killed in the second-season premiere while responding to a bank robbery along with Dante.
  • Jennifer Ferrin as Avery Grafton, a district attorney who has made Robyn's arrest and prosecution a priority for her office, seeing her as an embarrassment for the justice system and a threat to her re-election prospects. In the second season, after Robyn saves Grafton from an assassination attempt by a corrupt A.D.A. and a known career criminal - trying to stop a probe into her office that would have exposed them both - and points out the blindspots that both she and her office have developed in their pursuit of justice, she decides to call off the manhunt, as long as Robyn does not cross the line too far.
  • Frank Pando as Captain Torres, Dante's commanding officer
  • Dominic Fumusa as Detective Ken Mallory (season 2), a detective recruited by D.A. Grafton to identify and arrest Robyn
  • Brett Dalton as Carter Griffin (season 2–3)
  • Donal Logue as Colton Fisk (season 3–present)[4]

Notable guest stars edit

Episodes edit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110February 7, 2021 (2021-02-07)May 23, 2021 (2021-05-23)
218October 10, 2021 (2021-10-10)May 15, 2022 (2022-05-15)
318October 2, 2022 (2022-10-02)May 21, 2023 (2023-05-21)
4TBAFebruary 18, 2024 (2024-02-18)TBA

Production edit

Development edit

In November 2019, CBS announced that a reboot was in development with Queen Latifah in the lead role as Robyn McCall. Andrew Marlowe and Terri Miller would serve as showrunners with Latifah herself as an executive producer.[7] On January 27, 2020, CBS issued a pilot order for the new version.[8] Production companies involved with the pilot include Flavor Unit, Davis Entertainment, Martin Chase Productions and CBS Television Studios and Universal Television. On May 8, 2020, it was announced that the production had been given a series order.[9] On March 9, 2021, CBS renewed the series for a second season.[10] On May 1, 2022, Terri Edda Miller and Andrew W. Marlowe stepped down as showrunners and are being replaced by Joseph C. Wilson and Adam Glass.[11]

On May 5, 2022, CBS renewed the series for its third and fourth seasons.[12]

Casting edit

In February 2020, it was announced that Liza Lapira and Lorraine Toussaint had been cast in the pilot's lead roles.[13][14] On March 3, 2020, it was announced that Tory Kittles joined the cast in a starring role.[15] On May 8, 2020, it was announced that Chris Noth joined a starring role along with Latifah.[16] On December 21, 2021, CBS and Universal Television announced Noth was terminated from the series after sexual assault allegations were made against him. His final appearance was in the middle of the second season.[3] On January 3, 2022, it was reported that Noth had made his last appearance in "Separated" due to allegations that he assaulted women in December 2021.[17] On September 20, 2022, it was announced that Donal Logue and Gloria Reuben joined the cast in undisclosed capacities for the third season.[4]

Filming edit

The pilot was slated to film in New York City in March 2020. Production was delayed as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States before filming could begin.[18] On February 9, 2021, it was reported that production had been temporarily suspended due to a positive COVID-19 test.[19]

Filming for the series has taken place in several locations in northern New Jersey, including Paterson, Newark, and Jersey City.[20] Exterior shots of a Jersey City home are used for Robyn McCall's residence.[21][22]

Broadcast edit

The Equalizer premiered on February 7, 2021, after Super Bowl LV on CBS.[23] The second season premiered on October 10, 2021.[24] The third season premiered on October 2, 2022.[25] The fourth season premiered on February 18, 2024.[26]

The series had its series premiere in Germany on Sky One on July 12, 2021[citation needed], in the UK on Sky Witness on August 3, 2021,[27] and in Italy on Sky Investigation (local version of Sky Witness) on October 3, 2021.[citation needed]

Marketing edit

On May 19, 2020, a 30-second teaser featuring Queen Latifah explaining her involvement in the series was released by CBS.[28] On January 9, 2021, CBS released the first official teaser for the series.[29]

Reception edit

Critical response edit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 67% based on reviews from 30 critics, with an average rating of 6/10. The website's critical consensus states, "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."[30] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 57 out of 100, based on 15 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[31]

Ratings edit

Viewership and ratings per season of The Equalizer
Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Viewership
Avg. viewers
Avg. 18–49
Date Viewers
Date Viewers
1 Sunday 10:00 p.m. (1)
Sunday 8:00 p.m. (2–10)
10 February 7, 2021 (2021-02-07) 20.40[32] May 23, 2021 (2021-05-23) 7.13[33] 2020–21 4 12.07 8 1.7[34]
2 Sunday 8:00 p.m. (1, 4–6, 8, 10–18)
Sunday 8:30 p.m. (2–3, 9)
Sunday 9:00 p.m. (7)
18 October 10, 2021 (2021-10-10) 7.67[35] May 15, 2022 (2022-05-15) 6.84[36] 2021–22 TBD TBD TBD TBD
3 Sunday 8:00 p.m. (2, 4–5, 7–18)
Sunday 8:30 p.m. (1, 3, 6)
18 October 2, 2022 (2022-10-02) 7.09[37] May 21, 2023 (2023-05-21) 6.28[38] 2022–23 TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 Sunday 8:00 p.m.[39] TBA February 18, 2024 (2024-02-18) 6.46[40] TBA TBD 2023–24 TBD TBD TBD TBD

Future edit

In January 2021, when asked about the show's relationship to the film series starring Denzel Washington, Marlowe stated that while they are focusing on establishing the television series to stand on its own, they are leaving the opportunity open for a crossover between the two in the future.[41]

References edit

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