N-((5-chloropyridin-2-yl)carbamothioyl)furan-2-carboxamide (HL: C11H8CIN3O2S) and its Co(II), Ni(II) and Cu(II) complexes have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, FT-IR,H-1 NMR and HR-MS methods. The HL was characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction technique. It crystallizes in the monoclinic system. The HL has the space group P 1 2(1)/c 1, Z = 4, and its unit cell parameters are a = 4.5437(5) angstrom, b = 22.4550(3) angstrom, c = 11.8947(14) angstrom. The ligand coordinates the metal ions as bidentate and thus essentially yields neutral complexes of the [ML2] type. ML2 complex structures were optimized using B97D/TZVP level. Molecular orbitals of both HL ligand were calculated at the same level. Thermal decomposition of the complexes has been investigated by thermogravimetry. The complexes were screened for their anticancer and antioxidant activities. Antioxidant activity of the complexes was determined by using the DPPH and ABTS assays. The anticancer activity of the complexes was studied by using MTT assay in MCF-7 breast cancer cells. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.