‘The Equalizer’ TV Show on CBS: Time, Streaming Info, How to Watch Live

The Equalizer is now in its second season on CBS with Queen Latifah starring as a …

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The Equalizer is now in its second season on CBS with Queen Latifah starring as a former CIA operative carrying out her own brand of justice. 

If you’re diving into CBS’s newest hit crime drama, you have a number of ways to catch up on Season 1 and 2. 

This guide quickly outlines all your options for streaming every episode of The Equalizer without cable. I also cover how to watch the latest episodes for free. 

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When is The Equalizer on CBS?

  • TV Network: CBS
  • New Episodes: Sundays, 8 P.M. ET
  • Best Way to Stream: Paramount+ (free 7-day trial)  

Background: The Equalizer was first launched as a television series in the 1980s. It underwent a movie reboot in 2014 with Denzel Washington starring Robert McCall as a retired CIA operative turned street vigilante. The movie spurred a 2018 sequel, The Equalizer 2 with Washington reprising the lead role. 

While the two films were filmed around Boston, the latest TV series with Latifah starring as Robyn McCall is set in New York City. The second season of the TV show premiered on CBS on Oct. 10, 2021.

Watch The Equalizer for free with a TV Antenna

Let’s quickly cover how to watch CBS for free — without any kind of streaming service.

Many cord-cutters use a TV antenna because you can get local channels such as NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX and PBS for free. 

People living within 30 to 40 miles of broadcast towers have an excellent chance at getting local broadcast channels with a quality TV antenna. 

You can use the free tool at AntennasDirect to see whether CBS is available in your area. Local channels broadcast digital signals in 1080i or 720p, which is High Definition. 

If you own a NextGenTV, a small number of local stations are broadcasting the new ATSC 3.0 signal, which supports 4K and High Dynamic Range.

If you are new to TV antennas, here is a list of resources that I have written to get you started.

If a TV antenna won’t work for you, keep reading. There are plenty of other alternatives to cable so you can watch The Equalizer

How to Watch The Equalizer on Roku, Amazon Fire TV or Smart TV

Streaming services now carry popular TV channels, including CBS, ESPN, CNN and HGTV.

These streaming services work on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast with Google TV, Xbox One and PlayStation consoles. 

They are also supported by Smart TVs made by Sony, Samsung, LG. Roku TVs and Amazon Fire TV Edition televisions also support streaming apps.

You just need an Internet connection, a Smart TV or a streaming device to begin streaming live TV or your favorite show. Most of these services have a free trial that lasts up to a week.


Paramount+ is the cheapest way to watch The Equalizer without cable TV or satellite service.

A subscription costs $4.99 per month.  

Paramount+ carries the latest episodes of TV shows on CBS. And there are popular programs from Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, MTV and Smithsonian Channel.

It’s the cheapest way to watch new episodes of The Equalizer, Blue Bloods and The Neighborhood. You can watch NFL games on CBS every Sunday. There are also college football and basketball games. 

Paramount+ has a growing library of new movies, including A Quiet Place II, Paranormal Activity Next of Kin and Infinite.

“60 Minutes” and the “CBS Evening News” are among the marquee news programs on Paramount+. 

Subscribers can stream up two shows at once on different screens. 

There are a few different plans for Paramount +. The cheapest plan is $4.99 per month and with limited commercials. The service also has a commercial-free subscription, but that costs $9.99 per month. 

You can sign up for a free trial of Paramount+ or bundle the service with Showtime for $11.99 per month. 


fuboTV has 116+ channels, including CBS, ESPN and entertainment channels such as HGTV.  

A subscription costs $64.99 per month. Subscribers get 250 hours of Cloud DVR and an on-demand feature that has sporting events that aired in the last 72 hours.

Look over the channel lineup in your area to see what kind of local regional sports channels, or local NBC, ABC or FOX stations are available.

A fuboTV subscription allows you to activate more than 40 apps for channels that are included in your channel package. Subscribers can stream programs on three screens at once.

You can watch fuboTV on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Smart TVs, Google Chromecast with Google TV and web browsers.

You can check out fuboTV free for 7 days.

Hulu + Live TV

Hulu with Live TV is the best option for someone who wants CBS and subscribes to Disney+.

Subscribers get 65+ live channels, 50 hours of Cloud DVR and unlimited access to Disney+ and ESPN+. 

Hulu’s live TV bundle includes ESPN, local channels and History. 

A subscription costs $69.99 per month. You can look at Hulu’s channel lineup in your area.  Subscribers can watch live TV on two screens at once.

Hulu has a free 7-day trial that you can use even if you’re already paying for Hulu’s on-demand streaming service.

You can watch live TV within the Hulu app, using a Roku, Fire TV Stick, Google Chromecast, Apple TV, iPhones and tablets.  


CBS is available on DIRECTV STREAM’s Entertainment bundle, which costs $69.99 per month. Subscribers get 65+ channels, 20 hours of Cloud DVR and 40,000 on-demand shows.

The Entertainment plan has 65+ channels for $69.99 per month. Subscribers can watch live TV on up to 20 screens at once.

A&E, ESPN2 and USA Network are included in the channel lineup. You get 20 hours of Cloud DVR and 40,000 on-demand movies and shows.

Subscribers get three months of HBO Max, Showtime, Cinemax and EPIX for free before the monthly rates kick in.  

DIRECTV STREAM works on Roku, Android TV, Fire TV devices, Apple TV and smartphones and tablets. Subscriptions run month to month and so you can cancel whenever you want. 

You can look over the different channel lineups before deciding whether to sign up

YouTube TV

CBS is available nationwide on YouTube TV. You will get 85+ channels for $64.99 per month, including ESPN, NBC, FOX AND CBS.

Subscribers get unlimited Cloud DVR. You can watch TV on three screens at once. 

YouTube TV works on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast with Google TV and Apple TV. Subscriber can stream on three devices at once.

You can try out YouTube TV with a free 7-day trial.

What’s the best way to watch The Equalizer?

Paramount+ is the cheapest way to watch The Equalizer if you can’t use a TV antenna. New customers can sign up for a free trial.

fuboTV has 117+ live TV channels, 250 hours of Cloud DVR and an on-demand library of movies and TV shows..

You can get a free 7-day trial and start watching live TV on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Google Chromecast with Google TV.

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Jim Kimble is a seasoned industry expert with over two decades of journalism experience. He has been at the forefront of the cord-cutting movement since 2016, testing and writing about TV-related products and services. He founded The Cord Cutting Report in 2016, and serves as the editor.

Major publications, including MarketWatch, Forbes, and South Florida Sun Sentinel, have interviewed Kimble for his years of expertise. He gives advice on the complexities consumers are navigating with streaming options, and over-the-air TV. Kimble has been a staff writer or correspondent for several award-winning, daily newspapers, including The Boston Globe.

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