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MacGyver (1985–1992)

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The adventures of a secret agent armed with almost infinite scientific resourcefulness.

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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »



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 MacGyver (139 episodes, 1985-1992)
 Pete Thornton / ... (126 episodes, 1985-1992)


Angus Macgyver is a secret agent with a difference. He is quiet, mild mannered, deeply principled and refuses to carry a gun on his missions. Fortunately, the last detail is unimportant when compared to his astounding mind. Drawing on a vast practical knowledge of science, Macgyver is able to make use of any mundane materials around him to create unorthodox solutions to any problem he faces. The enemies of world peace and justice continually learn that underestimating this man is a fatal mistake for their plans. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@rogers.com>

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Release Date:

6 October 1985 (USA)  »

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(139 episodes)

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(seasons 1-3) (TV version)| (seasons 4-7) (TV version) (DVD version)| (season 3) (DVD version)


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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Christopher Judge, Deron in Live and Learn (#5.13) would later work together with Richard Dean Anderson in the science fiction TV series "Stargate SG-1". See more »


Pete: Remember what I said about being friends? That still goes. Friends stand by each other, through everything. I'm your friend.
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Referenced in Muchachada nui: Episode #3.10 (2009) See more »

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A fun piece of TV history
19 March 2006 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

MacGyver is synonym for resourceful and creative. If you look those words from the dictionary, you'll see MacGyvers photo and a text: dude, who can make anything out of a roll of duct tape, dental floss and some loose pieces of stone.

That's the whole basic idea for a show. MacGyver (Richard Dean Anderson) is a secret agent, or something, who uses his brain before his brawn always coming up a clever solution on dispatching the baddies without the need of using a gun. Though he might do explosives now and then. ;) Mac's boss is Pete Thornton (Dana Elcar), boss of Phoenix foundation, that seems to dabble in a bit of everything, just like Mac. Another regular character is Jack Dalton (Bruce McGill), Mac's adventurous pilot friend who is often in trouble or is gonna get in one in order to help his friend.

What astonishes me is, that MacGyver has lasted the test of time reasonably well. Sure, there are lots of episodes, that feel a bit campy these days, but in all the series is still very watchable. And this comes from a person, who saw MacGyver for the first time back in 80's as a little kid (I was little under ten when it started in the TV here) and saw the series again in my mid twenties.

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