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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Dana Elcar, who plays Pete Thornton throughout the series, guest stars here as Andy Colson. See more »


Pure sodium is extremely reactive to oxygen. As soon as MacGyver opened the canister it should have begun reacting. What's more, it would have been stored covered in some kind of viscous oil, in order to keep any oxygen from reaching it and setting it off. In addition, the few grams that Mac used would not have been enough to have caused that big of an explosion. 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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Featured in MythBusters: MacGyver Special (2008) See more »


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They don't make em like this anymore!
30 May 2000 | by pmcollectorboySee 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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