Best MacGyver Episodes

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1. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: The Endangered (1988)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

MacGyver visits an animal preserve to reunite with an old girlfriend who is a park ranger there. Their reunion is complicated by a battle they have with poachers of endangered animals on the preserve.

Director: Charles Correll | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Moira Walley-Beckett, John Dennis Johnston

Votes: 188

2. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: The Widowmaker (1987)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

MacGyver's best friend falls to her death while mountain-climbing with him. MacGyver has no time to mourn when Murdoc shows up looking for revenge.

Director: Michael Vejar | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Michael Des Barres, Lisa Bayliss

Votes: 258

3. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: The Invisible Killer (1989)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

MacGyver takes a group of Phoenix Foundation employees for a recreational trip into the wilderness but learns that someone of the group might be an escaped criminal.

Director: Dana Elcar | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, James Sloyan, Adam Arkin

Votes: 211

4. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: The Gauntlet (1985)

TV-PG | 49 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

MacGyver is sent to South America to rescue an American journalist and escape out of the country. The dictator of the country and his army pursue MacGyver, making the escape very difficult.

Director: Lee H. Katzin | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Robin Curtis, John Vernon, Gregory Sierra

Votes: 322

5. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: Hell Week (1987)

TV-PG | 47 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

An old mentor of MacGyver's asks him to judge a physics competition. The mentor's son becomes despondent after failing to win the competition and locks himself in the lab with a homemade bomb.

Director: James L. Conway | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Lawrence Dobkin, Lisa Wilcox

Votes: 215

6. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: Phoenix Under Siege (1987)

TV-PG | 49 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

MacGyver and his grandfather have plans to go to a hockey game. However, when they stop by the Phoenix Foundation to get the tickets, they discover terrorists attempting to blow up a bomb.

Director: Gilbert M. Shilton | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, John Anderson, Tricia O'Neil

Votes: 243

7. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: Passages (1990)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

While in a coma resulting from a great fall, MacGyver has a near-death experience, where he is reunited with his grandfather Harry and his long-deceased parents.

Director: William Gereghty | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, John Anderson, Anthony Stamboulieh

Votes: 190

8. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: The Negotiator (1988)

TV-PG | 47 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

When MacGyver's research into the wildlife around the planned building site of a marina threatens to cause a shutdown of the project, the owner hires a beautiful woman to persuade MacGyver to change his mind... by any means necessary.

Director: Charles Correll | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Kristian Alfonso, David Ackroyd

Votes: 208

9. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: Runners (1989)

TV-PG | 49 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A teenage prostitute is trying to leave her pimp and return to her family. As MacGyver helps her to do this, it is revealed that she is also being abused by her father who blames her for the death of his wife.

Director: Michael Caffey | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Holly Fields, Gerald Anthony

Votes: 174

10. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: Black Rhino (1989)

TV-PG | 49 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

MacGyver trails a friend, Billy Colton, to Africa where he witnesses the cruel slaughter of the endangered Black Rhino. When he joins the activists, hoping to prevent the poaching, Mac meets up with the men behind the scheme - Ladysmith.

Director: Michael Caffey | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Cecilia Hart, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Votes: 160

11. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: Pilot (1985)

TV-PG | 49 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

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

Director: Jerrold Freedman | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Lerner, Dana Elcar, Paul Stewart

Votes: 1,967

12. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: Ghost Ship (1987)

TV-PG | 47 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

While mapping some wilderness in Alaska, MacGyver discovers an abandoned ship. On it, a Russian stowaway tells him that the crew were all scared off, by Bigfoot!

Director: Michael Vejar | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Katey Wright, Michele Goodger

Votes: 244

13. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: Deadly Dreams (1989)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

An escaped killer who MacGyver is searching for, is actually the pawn of a mastermind criminal who is still locked up and planning revenge on the female detective who incarcerated him.

Director: Les Landau | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Kim Zimmer, William Morgan Sheppard

Votes: 185

14. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: Serenity (1990)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Exhausted from being overworked, MacGyver falls asleep watching an old western. He dreams that he is in the Old West where he encounters Murdoc and Pete who conspire to force MacGyver off his land.

Director: William Gereghty | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Teri Hatcher, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Votes: 193

15. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: Three for the Road (1986)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

MacGyver becomes stranded and is forced to hitch a ride with a retired couple. Unknowingly, they are in possession of stolen counterfeit money that the mob is trying to recover.

Director: Alan Crosland Jr. | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Edward Mulhare, Anne Rogers

Votes: 218

16. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: Two Times Trouble (1989)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A rock-star friend of MacGyver's is filming a video for the Rock Against Drugs campaign. A series of mysterious accidents that occur during filming convinces her that her twin sister is attempting to kill her.

Director: Michael Preece | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Audrey Landers, Terry David Mulligan

Votes: 169

17. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: Out in the Cold (1987)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A Mob informant hides some microfilm on MacGyver, who is on a ski vacation. An avalanche that buries MacGyver prevents the Mob from getting to him, but not for long.

Director: Cliff Bole | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Jonathan Goldsmith, Deborah Wakeham

Votes: 202

18. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: The Secret of Parker House (1988)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Penny Parker asks MacGyver to accompany her in inspecting an old house that she inherited from her aunt, an apparently haunted house.

Director: Michael Vejar | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Teri Hatcher, Gisele MacKenzie

Votes: 238

19. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: Humanity (1990)

TV-PG | 49 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

MacGyver saves the life of a Romanian soldier who has taken him hostage. MacGyver then tries to appeal to the soldier's sense of humanity.

Director: William Gereghty | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Brooks Gardner, Larry D. Mann

Votes: 146

20. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: Blind Faith (1991)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A man has been killed in broad daylight and Pete is at the scene. A stranger passes Pete by and whispers into his ear: "It's off." When Pete is looking at sketches of the suspects, MacGyver... See full summary »

Director: Michael Caffey | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Irene DeBari, Michael MacRae

Votes: 147

21. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: Blood Brothers (1988)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

MacGyver returns to his hometown to find himself haunted by the memories of a fatal shooting accident when he was a kid. While he is there, he helps two teenagers battle the local drug dealers.

Director: Charles Correll | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Dirk Blocker, Bernie Coulson

Votes: 205

22. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: The Challenge (1989)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Ray, an ex-gang member, gets into some trouble with the police and a local shop owner. With the help of MacGyver, he unravels a racist community in the neighborhood surrounding the challenger's club.

Director: Dana Elcar | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Michael MacRae, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Votes: 188

23. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: Children of Light (1989)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

When a Chinese college student shows up at MacGyver's front door, she brings with her a continuation of the struggle that began in Tiananmen Square.

Director: Bill Corcoran | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Michele B. Chan, Robert Ito

Votes: 150

24. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: Eagles (1986)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Two rare golden eagles facing extinction are helped by MacGyver. He must simultaneously confront the poacher trying to kill the eagles and eliminate MacGyver.

Director: Paul Krasny | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Julie Cobb, Christopher Stone

Votes: 224

25. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: Faith, Hope & Charity (1991)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

MacGyver steps into a bear trap in the woods while tracking a wolf. Luckily for him, two friendly elderly sisters, who are not friends of bear traps, take him home and care for him. The bear trap will be the least of his problems, though.

Director: William Gereghty | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Natalie Core, Helen Page Camp

Votes: 150

26. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: Nightmares (1986)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

MacGyver is kidnapped by enemy agents to retrieve sensitive information he stole from them. To get him to talk, they inject MacGyver with a hallucinogenic drug that will kill him in six hours, unless an antidote they have is administered.

Director: Cliff Bole | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Tammy Lauren, Dana Elcar, Robert O'Reilly

Votes: 278

27. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: Last Stand (1985)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

MacGyver is taken hostage by some armed robbers at an airport. MacGyver uses his ingenuity to try to free himself along with the other hostages while simultaneously trying to stop the criminals.

Director: John Florea | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Harry Caesar, Steve Franken, Jackie Earle Haley

Votes: 298

28. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: Live and Learn (1990)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

MacGyver is mentoring a troubled high school student who drops out of school to work at a construction site with his dad. While there, the kid discovers that the site may be unsafe when he witnesses a safety inspector being bribed.

Director: Harry Harris | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, James Sloyan, Glenn Scarpelli

Votes: 158

29. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: Kill Zone (1988)

TV-PG | 47 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

When a satellite carrying a genetic experiment crashes to earth MacGyver is sent in to recover it. When he arrives he discovers that the experiment mutated in space and now ages animals at ... See full summary »

Director: Chuck Bowman | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Judith Chapman, Jay Brazeau

Votes: 203

30. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: Trumbo's World (1985)

TV-PG | 49 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Deep in the Amazon jungle, a horde of killer ants is destroying everything in its path. MacGyver helps his entomologist friend and the plantation owner to battle the ants before the plantation is destroyed.

Director: Donald Petrie | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, David Ackroyd, Peter Jurasik, Will Gotay

Votes: 338

31. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: The Stringer (1992)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

MacGyver and his young Chinese friend are again at odds with Chinese criminals over labor regulations. During his investigation, Mac is helped by a photojournalist biker named Sam. It turns... See full summary »

Director: Michael Vejar | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Michele B. Chan, Keone Young

Votes: 171

32. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: Family Matter (1987)

TV-PG | 49 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A former agent seeking revenge kidnaps Pete Thornton's wife and son. MacGyver and Pete are tasked with the mission of rescuing them.

Director: Alexander Singer | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Scott Coffey, Penelope Windust

Votes: 203

33. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: Legend of the Holy Rose: Part 1 (1989)

TV-PG | 49 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

An archaeologist friend pays MacGyver a visit to get his help in using a map to find an ancient artifact called the Holy Rose.

Director: Michael Caffey | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Lise Cutter, Robin Mossley

Votes: 201

34. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: For Love or Money (1987)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

MacGyver and a female agent he despises pose as a married couple to infiltrate a psychiatric hospital in Czechoslovakia to free a human rights activist.

Director: James L. Conway | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Deborah Adair, Walter Addison

Votes: 192

35. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: Jenny's Chance (1990)

TV-PG | 49 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

MacGyver organizes a gambling sting operation in order to catch the murderer of a horse trainer, a money launderer for a Cuban drug lord.

Director: Michael Caffey | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Vic Tayback, Dale Wilson

Votes: 179

36. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: Cleo Rocks (1989)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

MacGyver's friend Penny Parker gets the lead part in a new musical. MacGyver suspects it may be a set up by his arch-nemesis to trap him.

Director: Chuck Bowman | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Teri Hatcher, Robert Donner

Votes: 215

37. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: The Outsiders (1988)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

In the middle of nowhere, MacGyver gets involved in a car accident. He is luckily found by an Amish family and nursed back to health. MacGyver then helps the Amish community to confront a ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Vejar | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Kaj-Erik Eriksen, Gustaf Kristjanson

Votes: 206

38. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: The Madonna (1989)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

MacGyver and the kids at the Challenges Club are taught the true meaning of Christmas by a mysterious homeless woman who comes to stay there.

Director: Michael Caffey | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Jeanette Nolan, Roxanne Reese

Votes: 172

39. MacGyver (1985–1992)
Episode: Deadly Silents (1991)

TV-PG | 47 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Pinky, a star of silent films, is showing his films to MacGyver. Pinky hopes that The Phoenix Foundation will preserve his films. Pinky and his friend Karl were also good at building sets ... See full summary »

Director: William Gereghty | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Henry Gibson, Tommy Hinkley

Votes: 144



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