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5.0 out of 5 stars
Classic 80s drama, 21 Nov 2009
This series is one of the greatest shows of the 80s. In the direct opposite of glamour shows like Dallas, Edward Woodward plays Robert McCall, a polite, kind, terrifying Englishman and ex CIA agent living in New York who helps vulnerable people wreak vengence and obtain a certain blunt justice in the face of their oppressors, from Wall Street bankers to drug gangs. Right from the bone tinglingly perfect theme tune, with its slow crescendo and quintessential New York danger scenes building to the iconic image of Woodward's inscrutable gaze standing alongside his stylish English jag bathed in blue light and smoke, this series manages to be both sincere and grittily stylish. McCall is an unlikely but utterly convincing pillar of masculinity, and Woodward's deft exploration of McCall's regrets and guilt over his past mixed with a gift for rye humour makes a good script into a television masterpiece. Robert McCall makes cartoon knuckle heads like Swarzenegger seem like Christopher Biggins.