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 »


Andy Colson: You know it's going to take a lot more than you can carry in that knapsack to get you through all of this.
MacGyver: Well, the bag is not for what I take Colson. It is for what I find along the way.
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Referenced in Mallrats (1995) See more »

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They don't make em like this anymore!
30 May 2000 | by (San Antonio, TX) – See all my reviews

Good tv shows are hard to find. It's either guns and violence or trash-talking and sex. Then there's wrestling, which fits both categories. Here we have a hero who defeated the bad guys using his smarts rather than his fists. How cool is that? They just don't make shows like this anymore. The Stargate series is cool, but Anderson IS MacGyver.

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