MacGyver: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (6 Oct. 1985)

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An underground lab is destroyed by a mysterious explosion. MacGyver is sent in to rescue the trapped scientists and stop a deadly chemical leak.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angus 'Mac' MacGyver
Andy Colson
Dr. Carl Steubens
Dr. Burke
Gen. Relkwin
Barbara Spencer
Olaf Pooley ...
Dr. Sidney Marlowe
Charles Lanyer ...
Major Dennis
Lawrence P. Casey ...
Colonel Keel (as Lawrence Casey)
Charles Bouvier ...
Technician #1
Michael Johnson ...
Captain Taylor
Jerry DeWilde ...


In the opening gambit, Mac must retrieve a top-secret pentagon rocket which crashed in Central Asia on a desolate, barren rock mountain and is already guarded by hostile soldiers. Mac's mountaineering, engineering and flying skills are put to good, daring and ingenious use... In the main story, Mac's scientist friend Gantner calls a big favor: an explosion in his top-secret science lab has trapped a group of researchers and caused a leak of extremely corrosive acid which will take only hours to contaminate the water in several US states, so the whole lab will be destroyed using an even worse counter-agent, regardless of the trapped people, unless Mac can stop the leakage and pass the good news. First Mac must get past a laser security system, for him simpler then a smoke-screen. When he is trough one scientist refuses to be evacuated, she helps him get to her research partner trapped in a cave-in. The army is getting restless, preparing a nuclear warhead, and was the explosion even an... Written by KGF Vissers

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6 October 1985 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The cave entrance to the undergound lab seen in the beginning of the pilot is the same entrance seen years later in Richard Dean Anderson's next big series Stargate. See more »


The hole that MacGyver has blasted in the wall and then climbs through changes shape as he enters and exits on the other side. See more »


[repeated line]
MacGyver: God, I hate heights.
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Referenced in First Kid (1996) See more »

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The Greatest Television Show Ever
1 July 2001 | by (wisconsin) – See all my reviews

MacGyver is a great television series wherein problems are solved through the use of scientific knowledge rather than bad language or guns. Although some episodes were more action-filled and exciting than others were, this show will always remain one of my favorites. It would be wonderful to see more shows wherein the main character has morals and actually appears to care about other people. Even though some things MacGyver does in the show seem improbable, most of his scientific solutions seem to be based at least partially on scientific principles.

The last couple seasons of MacGyver were not quite as enjoyable as the first few, but overall, the show is probably better than every show today. I genuinely enjoy watching the reruns of MacGyver and would love it if Richard Dean Anderson did another MacGyver movie (if it was similar to the original series). Watching the reruns is really great when one of today's "big" stars is on, and I always have to laugh because these stars were not really even known before MacGyver.

Even though I was only 4 when this show began, it helped instill a love of science in me that has lasted the almost ten years since the show ended. Wouldn't it be great if another show came on the air that used duct tape, a Swiss army knife, and many other common items to get out of situations? I guess we'll just have to settle for old MacGyver reruns and seeing Richard Dean Anderson in Stargate SG-1, which does contain some inferences to MacGyver.

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