This fall, be ready to be touched by a different kind of angel in the form of powerhouse Queen Latifah as The Equalizer, a reboot of the original series that first aired 35 years ago on CBS. Latifah, whose real name is Dana Owens, stars as Robyn McCall, a divorced single mother with a teenage daughter, but she’s one bad-a** mutha with a mysterious past. Very enigmatic, McCall decides to use her skills to help people who have nowhere to turn while seeking redemption for herself. The series also stars Chris Noth and Lorraine Toussaint.
The Equalizer was preceded by the late Edward Woodward as Robert McCall, a former spy who resigned from the “dirty business” of the Company to set up his own business of helping the helpless as redemption for his sins. The most dangerous man ever, McCall offers his services to people in trouble with this famous ad:
GOT A PROBLEM?
ODDS AGAINST YOU?
CALL THE EQUALIZER 212-555-4200
The Equalizer aired on CBS from 1985 to 1989, and spawned a 2014 film adaptation and a 2018 sequel with Oscar winner Denzel Washington as McCall, who becomes a man on fire for justice: a knight in shining armor on behalf of a young prostitute (Chloe Grace Moretz) against corrupt cops and Russian mobsters. The sequel then followed McCall with avenging the death of his close friend Susan (Melissa Leo) while trying to keep a young kid named Miles from a life of crime.
The Equalizer will air on Sundays after 60 Minutes.