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Angus MacGyver's nephew Clay quits school and joins the Phoenix Foundation. However, he finds it difficult to follow in the shoes of his famous uncle. His first mission is to stop an anti-American African terrorist group.


Stephen Herek


Samuel Baum


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Credited cast:
Jared Padalecki ... Clay MacGyver
Alan Loayza
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lee Burns ... Firefighter
Ron Canada ... The General
Tracey McCall ... Tracy
Kiele Sanchez ... Taylor
Greg Thirloway ... Agent


Follows the pacifist twentysomething hero Clay MacGyver (the nephew of original MacGyver (1985)) as he leaves school and winds up joining the Phoenix Foundation -- a shadowy government organization set up to protect America to which his uncle belonged -- on a lark. Once there, he discovers that he's incredibly adept at stepping into uncle Angus MacGyver's shoes. His first mission takes him to Africa where he must help stop an anti-American African terrorist group financed with blood diamonds. Angus has a 'cameo' when his picture appears on the agency's wall in one scene. Written by Jano Rohleder

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Know The Enemy. See The Enemy. Fight The Enemy, With The Enemy.


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When Clay gets out of the elevator at The Phoenix Foundation, you can see three portraits in the background, two are of Richard Dean Anderson (MacGyver) and Dana Elcar (Pete Thornton), from the original series. The plan was to get both actors for cameos later on, had the series been picked up. See more »


Spun-off from MacGyver (1985) See more »


Running Two
Vocals by Franka Potente and Tom Tykwer
Music by Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil
Lyrics by Tom Tykwer
Performed by Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil feat. Franka Potente
[plays during the interrogation scene wen Clay shaves the prisoner's head]
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Trying to Use a Nephew is Stupid
16 August 2015 | by varjarekSee all my reviews

For true fans of the original MacGyver series, it was made clear and reiterated in several episodes that Mac was an only child. If I remember clearly, his mother was an only child also. At best he could have a distant cousin or great nephew on his dad's side as this side of his family was never introduced. His maternal grandfather is in several episodes. Mac believes that Harry was his last living relative until he finds out that he has a son just as the series ended.

I think a good follow up at this date is to see Mac back as possibly Pete's replacement with his son & grandson working together at Phoenix. I think this could be made into a workable series if they can get Richard Dean Anderson back, the actor that played his son, Sean "Sam" Malloy, Dalton James, a and a good writer.

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1 January 2003 (USA) See more »

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Młody MacGyver See more »

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