MacGyver

MacGyver

  • TV-PG
  • 1985
  • 7 Seasons
  • 7.7  (36,096)

The television series MacGyver centers around secret agent Angus MacGyver, played by Richard Dean Anderson. Mild-mannered and highly moralistic, MacGyver refuses to carry a weapon. He instead prefers a non-violent approach whenever possible, relying on a vast amount of knowledge from his educational background in science as well as his previous training as a bomb technician. Along with his trusty Swiss Army knife and duct tape, MacGyver utilizes whatever commonplace items at hand for makeshift repairs and to fabricate other useful devices to complete his missions. In the first season of the series, MacGyver works as a field agent and troubleshooter for the fictional government agency called the DXS (Department of External Services) where he was recruited by Pete Thornton, played by Dana Elcar. In the second season, the two begin working for the Phoenix Foundation, a non-profit organization often contracted by government agencies, where Pete is Director of Field Operations. The Phoenix Foundation often collaborates with intelligence agencies and is sub-contracted by police departments because of their expertise in computer technology, applied biosciences, and other innovative technologies. Many episodes of the show address social issues. The Foundation advocates responsible genetic engineering and often goes after corrupt companies involved in potentially harmful research and development. Aside from corrupt research and technology companies, MacGyver and the Phoenix Foundation have several enemies. MacGyver is sometimes sent to other countries to rescue Americans held hostage by drug cartels and even rogue dictators. However, MacGyver's arch nemesis who continually appears throughout the series, is Murdoch, played by Michael Des Barres. Murdoch is a master assassin who belongs to the fraternal assassination order known as Homicide International Trust, or HIT. A creative master of disguise, Murdoch makes multiple attempts to assassinate MacGyver throughout the television series, only to fail at every attempt. The ability of MacGyver's character to assemble multiple devices from every day items has led to the use of the term "MacGyver" to refer to someone's ability to create makeshift devices or repairs.

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Seasons
The Mountain of Youth
14. The Mountain of Youth
April 25, 1992
While tracing his family roots, MacGyver is knocked unconscious and transported back to the court of King...
The Stringer
13. The Stringer
December 30, 1991
When his grandmother is suddenly evicted from her apartment, a young graffiti artist enlists MacGyver's help...
Off the Wall
12. Off the Wall
December 16, 1991
At the Challengers youth center, a former gang member is accused of murdering his rival. But MacGyver suspects...
Gunz 'n' Boyz
11. Gunz 'n' Boyz
December 2, 1991
At the Challengers youth center, a former gang member is accused of murdering his rival. But MacGyver suspects...
Split Decision
10. Split Decision
November 18, 1991
Silent-film star Pinky Burnette's only remaining films get stolen. But when he and MacGyver try to get them...
Deadly Silents
9. Deadly Silents
November 11, 1991
Pinky, a star of silent films, is showing his films to MacGyver. Pinky hopes that The Phoenix Foundation will preserve his films.
Good Knight MacGyver, Part 2
8. Good Knight MacGyver, Part 2
November 11, 1991
The magician Merlin accompanies MacGyver on his quest to rescue the princess, but first they need to stop the evil queen from causing destruction with an early form of gunpowder
Good Knight MacGyver, Part 1
7. Good Knight MacGyver, Part 1
November 4, 1991
While tracing his family roots, MacGyver is knocked unconscious and transported back to the court of King Arthur, where he is asked to free a princess from the clutches of a tyrannical queen
The Walking Dead
6. The Walking Dead
October 21, 1991
While tracing his family roots, MacGyver is knocked unconscious and transported back to the court of King...
The Coltons
5. The Coltons
October 14, 1991
MacGyver's friends, the bounty-hunting Colton brothers, are hired to find a young woman who is the only witness to a gangland slaying in Chinatown
Prometheus Syndrome
4. Prometheus Syndrome
October 7, 1991
A psychopathic arsonist is setting explosive fires around the city, so MacGyver plays detective in order to track him down before he strikes again
Obsessed
3. Obsessed
September 30, 1991
MacGyver's obsession that Murdoc is still alive is interfering with his job and threatening Pete's position at the Phoenix Organization
The Hood
2. The Hood
September 23, 1991
MacGyver's obsession that Murdoc is still alive is interfering with his job and threatening Pete's position at...
Honest Abe
1. Honest Abe
September 16, 1991
MacGyver gets pulled into a crazy plot by his godson's grandfather, an ex-CIA agent who steals a high-tech...
Description

The television series MacGyver centers around secret agent Angus MacGyver, played by Richard Dean Anderson. Mild-mannered and highly moralistic, MacGyver refuses to carry a weapon. He instead prefers a non-violent approach whenever possible, relying on a vast amount of knowledge from his educational background in science as well as his previous training as a bomb technician. Along with his trusty Swiss Army knife and duct tape, MacGyver utilizes whatever commonplace items at hand for makeshift repairs and to fabricate other useful devices to complete his missions.

In the first season of the series, MacGyver works as a field agent and troubleshooter for the fictional government agency called the DXS (Department of External Services) where he was recruited by Pete Thornton, played by Dana Elcar. In the second season, the two begin working for the Phoenix Foundation, a non-profit organization often contracted by government agencies, where Pete is Director of Field Operations. The Phoenix Foundation often collaborates with intelligence agencies and is sub-contracted by police departments because of their expertise in computer technology, applied biosciences, and other innovative technologies. Many episodes of the show address social issues. The Foundation advocates responsible genetic engineering and often goes after corrupt companies involved in potentially harmful research and development.

Aside from corrupt research and technology companies, MacGyver and the Phoenix Foundation have several enemies. MacGyver is sometimes sent to other countries to rescue Americans held hostage by drug cartels and even rogue dictators. However, MacGyver's arch nemesis who continually appears throughout the series, is Murdoch, played by Michael Des Barres. Murdoch is a master assassin who belongs to the fraternal assassination order known as Homicide International Trust, or HIT. A creative master of disguise, Murdoch makes multiple attempts to assassinate MacGyver throughout the television series, only to fail at every attempt.

The ability of MacGyver's character to assemble multiple devices from every day items has led to the use of the term "MacGyver" to refer to someone's ability to create makeshift devices or repairs.MacGyver is a series that is currently running and has 7 seasons (142 episodes). The series first aired on September 29, 1985.

Where to Watch MacGyver

MacGyver is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch MacGyver on demand at Apple TV+, Paramount+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, FandangoNow, Google Play, Apple TV, Paramount+ and Pluto TV.

  • Premiere Date
    September 29, 1985
  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (36,096)