MacGyver (1985–1992)
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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.


Jerrold Freedman (as Alan Smithee)


Thackary Pallor

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dean Anderson ... MacGyver
Michael Lerner ... Gantner
Dana Elcar ... Andy Colson
Paul Stewart ... Dr. Carl Steubens
Michael C. Gwynne ... Dr. Burke
Michael Fairman ... Gen. Relkwin
Shavar Ross ... Reggie
Darlanne Fluegel ... Barbara Spencer
Olaf Pooley Olaf Pooley ... Dr. Sidney Marlowe
Charles Lanyer Charles Lanyer ... Major Dennis
Lawrence P. Casey ... Colonel Keel (as Lawrence Casey)
Al White ... Sergeant
Charles Bouvier Charles Bouvier ... Technician #1
Michael Johnson Michael Johnson ... Captain Taylor
Jerry DeWilde Jerry DeWilde ... Jerry (as Jerry de Wilde)


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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Release Date:

29 September 1985 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The radio station that serves as cover for the New Mexico science facility is KBEX, a then fictional identifier that was used in a number of TV shows of the time. It has since been given to a real station in Texas. 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 »


[first lines]
MacGyver: [voice-over narration] It's funny, you know, the kind of stuff that pops into your head when you're trying to work. I remember there was this horse... a golden palomino. Ol' Man McGinny had got him in a trade, I think. I couldn't of been much more than nine or ten, at the time, but I made up my mind I was going to ride that horse. Course, knowing Ol' Man McGinny, that was going to take some doing.
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Mind is a very powerful tool.
23 December 2005 | by another_fanSee all my reviews

I think I was about 10 years old when I first discovered "MacGyver". A local TV station was showing re-runs during the late '90s. This TV show caught my attention because of the main character, MacGyver. MacGyver was fun, smart, a modern day superhero whose only superpower was his intelligence. There are many life lessons about friendships, love and finding out who you are. I think Season 4 especially shows many of those important life lessons and through the characters we learned them as well. There are no shows on TV today that can be compared to this particular show. "MacGyver" is truly a unique piece of TV history. I always had a blast watching "MacGyver" adventures. And now years later I still enjoy watching it. I hope that new generations will learn to appreciate the good old - "MacGyver".

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