The adventures of a secret agent armed with almost infinite scientific resourcefulness.
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 MacGyver (139 episodes, 1985-1992)
 Pete Thornton / ... (126 episodes, 1985-1992)


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 <>

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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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In Brazilian broadcasting the opening theme was the song "Tom Sawyer" from Canadian rock band Rush. See more »


MacGyver: A paperclip can be a wondrous thing. More times than I can remember, one of these has gotten me out of a tight spot.
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Referenced in Scary Movie 2 (2001) See more »

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Greatest show of all time!
23 January 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This show was excellently written and cast. Richard Dean Anderson was by far the best person for this role and he brought the character the attitude and look that added to his "no drinks, drugs, or guns" outlook that was inspirational and enjoyable for all ages. It'd be refreshing to see another show like this come along, but I don't believe it will.

MacGyver focused on the incurable do-gooder who couldn't say no to someone in trouble, and he always had a scientifically sound, absolutely brilliant solution. He was always as optimistic as possible, and he wasn't one to immediately jump in bed as is the norm for most television. His compadres always added to the action/adventure/comedy, and throughout the season you learn new things about the characters that add so much more depth to the story.

Quirky, smart, clean, nostalgic and full of age-less values... (the mullet and leather jacket didn't hurt either) MacGyver will be around forever, and well it should be.

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