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MacGyver (1985)

Starring: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill, Michael Des Barres

MacGyver follows the adventures of the laid-back, extremely resourceful secret agent Angus MacGyver. He prefers non-violent conflict resolution whenever possible and refuses to carry or use a gun. MacGyver works as a problem solver for the... More


First Aired:
September 29, 1985
Air Day:
Air Time:
8:00 PM
45 Min
Action, Adventure



September 29, 1985

Ep: 1 Pilot

Opening Gambit: MacGyver rescues an American pilot who has crashed on top of a high cliff. Main Episode: When a science lab studying the ozone layer mysteriously explodes, MacGyver is called in to rescue the scientists that are trapped... More

The Golden Triangle

October 6, 1985

Ep: 2 The Golden Triangle

Opening Gambit: MacGyver uses a magnet to retrieve stolen documents, escapes a car about to be flattened, and then traps the thieves in midair. Main Episode: When MacGyver tries to retrieve a canister filled with a deadly chemical in Burma, he... More

Thief of Budapest

October 13, 1985

Ep: 3 Thief of Budapest

MacGyver travels to Budapest to meet with a Russian double agent who is in possession of a watch containing information about other Russian spies. However, before MacGyver can take the watch, the agent is killed and the watch is stolen. Now... More

The Gauntlet

October 21, 1985

Ep: 4 The Gauntlet

Opening Gambit: MacGyver retrieves a top-secret map, then uses it to escape his pursuers in the desert. MacGyver escapes the desert by using a hot-air balloon conveniently stored at a rendezvous point. Main Episode: MacGyver attempts to get a... More

The Heist

November 3, 1985

Ep: 5 The Heist

When $60 million worth of stolen diamonds destined for a relief charity end up in the hands of casino owner Jack Catlin, MacGyver must head to the Virgin Islands to try and get them back. With the help of Chris Rhodes, a senator's daughter,... More

Trumbo's World

November 10, 1985

Ep: 6 Trumbo's World

Opening Gambit: In the Pyrenees Mountains, MacGyver rescues a prisoner, then makes a daring escape with her by raft. Main Episode: MacGyver comes along on a expedition to Brazil with his friend, entomologist Dr. Alden. They meet with a landowner... More

Last Stand

November 17, 1985

Ep: 7 Last Stand

When MacGyver is on his way to a vacation, he takes the wrong way and ends up at a small airstrip where everybody seems to be behaving strangely. Too late, he discovers that the airstrip has been taken hostage, and he has been caught in the... More


November 27, 1985

Ep: 8 Hellfire

During a trip to visit some friends, an accident starts a fire in an oil well owned by MacGyver's friends. MacGyver and his buddy then go to fetch dynamite in an abandonned mine at great peril to themselves after they decide the dynamite is the... More

The Prodigal

December 8, 1985

Ep: 9 The Prodigal

A man wants to testify against his mobster brother in Federal Court, and MacGyver has the job of keeping him safe, but the man's mother is dying and he wants to visit her.

Target MacGyver

December 22, 1985

Ep: 10 Target MacGyver

Opening Gambit: MacGyver rescues a lady general at a beach house, then nabs her kidnappers using common kitchen equipment. Main Episode: After blowing away a nuclear facility under the control of an aggressive world leader, MacGyver returns home... More


January 15, 1986

Ep: 11 Nightmares

When MacGyver comes home with some important documents, he's drugged by enemy agents and told that he will die in six hours if he doesn't retrieve the documents for them. But MacGyver, using an old prisoner trick, escapes. Now the only problem is... More


January 22, 1986

Ep: 12 Deathlock

Opening Gambit: Posing as a corpse, MacGyver escapes Berlin by coffin-turned-jet-ski. Main Episode: MacGyver is trapped in a mansion with Pete, a code expert, and a government agent who may or may not be on their side. However, an old nemesis... More

Flame's End

January 29, 1986

Ep: 13 Flame's End

An old girlfriend of MacGyver's contacts him for help after she discovers evidence of uranium thefts from a nuclear processing plant where she works.


February 5, 1986

Ep: 14 Countdown

A mysterious person, who calls himself "Viking", has just bombed a cruise ship. He demands six million dollars or another bomb will go off within hours. So MacGyver, with an old friend from Vietnam, Charlie Robinson, is sent to disarm it. But... More

The Enemy Within

February 12, 1986

Ep: 15 The Enemy Within

After a daring escape from East Germany where he gets rescued, and in the process saves a fellow operative with a quick mechanical fix, MacGyver thinks that he deserves some peaceful vacation time. But Pete lures him into baby-sitting a Russian... More

Every Time She Smiles

February 19, 1986

Ep: 16 Every Time She Smiles

MacGyver is on his way out of Bulgaria with a secret microfilm, when he meets Penny Parker, a beautiful, talkative American, who is on the run from her lover, a man named Stephan Frolov. She stashes some jewels on MacGyver, thus making him a... More

To Be a Man

March 5, 1986

Ep: 17 To Be a Man

In Afghanistan, wounded and hunted by the Soviets, MacGyver is given refuge by an Afghan woman and her son. But they are themselves at the mercy of an Afghan thug, who will kill MacGyver if he finds him at his woman.

Ugly Duckling

March 12, 1986

Ep: 18 Ugly Duckling

A 15-year-old genius accidentally hacks into a defective missile guidance system and attracts the attention of both the FBI and some black marketeers, who think that she may fix it for them. It's up to MacGyver to save her from being kidnapped by... More

Slow Death

April 2, 1986

Ep: 19 Slow Death

At the beginning of the episode, MacGyver literally has to jump onto a moving train that he missed earlier to return top-secret files and documents to the U.S. Government. Soon after, a local tribe stops the train. They take all passengers... More

The Escape

April 16, 1986

Ep: 20 The Escape

When a mother superior at a religious mission in North Africa asks MacGyver to help a young woman with something, he is glad to help. However, when he finds out the young woman wants him to break her brother out of jail, he may have taken on more... More

A Prisoner of Conscience

April 30, 1986

Ep: 21 A Prisoner of Conscience

Pete Thornton investigates the supposed death of an old friend, a prominent Russian dissident, and finds he must get his friend's daughter Maria out of the country before the secret police arrest her for an alleged conspiracy. However, while in... More

The Assassin

May 7, 1986

Ep: 22 The Assassin

Posing as a watchmaker who manufactures bomb timers, MacGyver manages to catch a master killer—Piedra—before he attempts an assassination on a high-profile target. However, Piedra isn't about to be stopped for long.

The Human Factor

September 22, 1986

Ep: 1 The Human Factor

MacGyver and Pete are testing a new security system at the Strategic Research Development Administration. MacGyver successfully bypasses the security and meets Dr. Jill Ludlam, the system's designer. She tries to turn off the security system, but... More

The Eraser

September 29, 1986

Ep: 2 The Eraser

Mac inadvertently leads a hit man to his target, believing that he's helping a father find his lost son.

Twice Stung

October 6, 1986

Ep: 3 Twice Stung

MacGyver and Pete have a surprise party planned for a colleague, but when the colleague doesn't show up, MacGyver goes looking for him, and finds him on the verge of committing suicide. When questioned why he would do such a thing, Kelly explains... More

The Wish Child

October 20, 1986

Ep: 4 The Wish Child

While MacGyver goes to pick up a Chinese friend's brother from a birthday party, he witnesses something strange: Paul is being called "The Wish Child." It seems that a greedy businessman has wrapped him up in a scam, because he looks exactly like... More

Final Approach

October 27, 1986

Ep: 5 Final Approach

MacGyver goes to the mountains to lead four ex-gangster teens on a Phoenix Foundation funded rehabilitation trip. When he gets there, he finds that this task may be a little more complicated then he thought. All of the kids are very rebellious... More

Jack of Lies

November 3, 1986

Ep: 6 Jack of Lies

MacGyver, returning home one night, walks into his apartment, only to everything he owns missing from his apartment. Initially suspecting a robbery, MacGyver eventually comes to the conclusion that his old friend Jack Dalton is the one... More

The Road Not Taken

November 10, 1986

Ep: 7 The Road Not Taken

MacGyver and Pete head to Asia to rescue a nun, who is an old friend of Pete's, and the orphaned children she takes care of from aggressive regime troops. While there, MacGyver runs into someone he never expected, his old fiancee, Debra. Now... More


November 17, 1986

Ep: 8 Eagles

While hang gliding in the west, MacGyver crosses paths with an escaped felon who shot and wounded a rare eagle. Now, with the help of his new friend Susan Cooper and her son Darin, MacGyver must heal the eagle and trap the felon before he kills... More

Silent World

November 24, 1986

Ep: 9 Silent World

While helping the Phoenix Foundation test a new missile-guidance system for the government, MacGyver's efforts are hampered by men who are trying to steal it. When the men escape with it, MacGyver turns to his deaf friend, who has been having... More

Three for the Road

December 15, 1986

Ep: 10 Three for the Road

A retired actor and his wife stop at a motel on the way to Los Angeles. MacGyver rescues them from a drunkard who nearly makes a mark on their car. MacGyver is supposed to meet a mobster-turned-informant at the motel, but the meeting goes wrong.... More

Phoenix Under Siege

January 5, 1987

Ep: 11 Phoenix Under Siege

While retrieving tickets for a hockey game at the Phoenix Foundation, MacGyver and his grandpa Harry get caught in the middle of a woman's plot to blow up the building using a bomb that she herself made. They try to escape, but are locked in. Now... More

Family Matter

January 12, 1987

Ep: 12 Family Matter

Pete's ex-wife and son are kidnapped down in Louisiana while on an archaeological trip. The kidnappers demand that Pete comes to Louisiana in exchange for letting his family go. But when he gets there, it soon becomes apparent that they don't... More

Soft Touch

January 19, 1987

Ep: 13 Soft Touch

MacGyver puts up Penny Parker for a few days while she's looking for a job as a singing telegram. But on her first day, she happens to witness two thugs torturing a man. Unfortunately, she can't find her way back, and when she does, MacGyver... More

Birth Day

February 2, 1987

Ep: 14 Birth Day

MacGyver's fishing trip is cut short when he meets a very pregnant woman whose husband is out to kill her. Accidentally, she found out that his half-way home for ex-cons is really a recruiting place for new crimes. Mac and the woman are chased... More


February 9, 1987

Ep: 15 Pirates

While on an expedition to find a Spanish treasure fleet, Dr. Barbara Ortega's boat is hi-jacked by modern-day pirates. They steal the small amount of treasure that she has already found - including the ship's log, which is the key to finding the... More

Out in the Cold

February 16, 1987

Ep: 16 Out in the Cold

When MacGyver and Pete go skiing, a man switches poles with MacGyver, only moments before being gunned down and killed by his former friends. But the gunshot starts an avalanche, which covers MacGyver completely, leaving it up to Pete to convince... More

Dalton, Jack of Spies

February 23, 1987

Ep: 17 Dalton, Jack of Spies

Dalton, who is believed to be dead, recruits MacGyver to help uncover a CIA mole.


March 2, 1987

Ep: 18 Partners

MacGyver and Pete meet at a wrecking yard, both thinking that the other one arranged the meeting. Soon an unknown assailant captures them inside a big truck. Their only clue is an obituary for them and Jack Dalton.


March 23, 1987

Ep: 19 Bushmaster

When MacGyver is sent to rescue an American pilot held in Central America for supposed espionage, his wargame-trained daughter tags along, but she didn't quite come prepared for the real thing. MacGyver must now rescue the pilot while keeping his... More


April 6, 1987

Ep: 20 Friends

MacGyver's friends throw a birthday party for him, but he's somberly reflecting on his past and future. While reflecting, MacGyver decides to leave the Phoenix Foundation to get married and have a family. Can Pete convince him of how important he... More

D.O.A.: MacGyver

April 27, 1987

Ep: 21 D.O.A.: MacGyver

MacGyver is called to a meeting with a former British spy, who has learned of a group of terrorists that will use a new plastic explosive in a vengeful attack on the U.S. army. This explosive can be hidden anywhere. However, before the spy can... More

For Love or Money

May 4, 1987

Ep: 22 For Love or Money

MacGyver is forced to work with a ruthless freelance agent to rescue a human rights activist who is being held in a psychiatric hospital in Czechoslovakia. The rescue is an apparent success, until the secret police then kidnap the activist's wife... More

Lost Love (1)

September 21, 1987

Ep: 1 Lost Love (1)

While helping the People's Republic of China secure a priceless national treasure—The Ming Dragon—in a San Diego museum, MacGyver runs into a Lisa, a woman that he had loved and thought was long dead. MacGyver learns that Lisa has been alive... More

Lost Love (2)

September 28, 1987

Ep: 2 Lost Love (2)

The KBG have Lisa in their grasp, and MacGyver must get The Ming Dragon for them to free Lisa. MacGyver enlists the help of his old buddy, Jack Dalton, to help him steal it.

Back From the Dead

October 5, 1987

Ep: 3 Back From the Dead

Jimmy Kendall, living undercover after testifying against his Mob bosses, surfaces when he becomes the manager for a winning baseball team.

Ghost Ship

October 19, 1987

Ep: 4 Ghost Ship

While mapping the wilderness for the Phoenix foundation, MacGyver stumbles on a deserted ship and finds a runaway girl who tells him that the rest of crew was driven away by Bigfoot.

Fire and Ice

October 26, 1987

Ep: 5 Fire and Ice

A jewel thief with diplomatic immunity kills Mac's friend. But there are more people involved in the crime - and Mac can't be sure who's on his side.


November 2, 1987

Ep: 6 GX-1

Mac and Nikki race to recover equipment from a downed experimental plane before the Soviets, who are using a psychic to guide them to the wreckage.

Jack in the Box

November 9, 1987

Ep: 7 Jack in the Box

MacGyver and Jack Dalton are arrested in Arkansas by a corrupt sheriff who arrests people to make them work in a labor camp used for mining gold. MacGyver wants to escape, but Jack has other ideas: He wants to find five million dollars his uncle... More

The Widowmaker

November 16, 1987

Ep: 8 The Widowmaker

MacGyver is forced out of his grief over the tragic death of a friend by a madman with a score to settle from their past association.

Hell Week

November 23, 1987

Ep: 9 Hell Week

A desperate physics student goes off the deep end and boobytraps a college lab when he fails to win a science competition and to live up to his father's high expectations.

Blow Out

December 21, 1987

Ep: 10 Blow Out

MacGyver teams up with colleague Nikki Carpenter to find out who is behind the attempts on her life. When they find out that the man who tried to kill her is connected to two terrorists who blew up a local post office, MacGyver and Nikki must... More

Kill Zone

January 4, 1988

Ep: 11 Kill Zone

An impulsive scientist who cuts corners in her research work creates an uncontrollably mutating organism that speeds up the aging process.

Early Retirement

January 18, 1988

Ep: 12 Early Retirement

While testing a new nuclear bomb defusing team at the Phoenix Foundation, a deadly explosion kills three men. Pete blames himself for not inspecting their equipment better and resigns from his job out of guilt. However, Pete is replaced by a... More

Thin Ice

February 1, 1988

Ep: 13 Thin Ice

While back in Minnesota to fill in as coach for a high-school hockey team, MacGyver tries to change the attitude of a callous player who has a shot at playing for the pros. But when this kid's ambition lands another player in the hospital,... More

The Odd Triple

February 29, 1988

Ep: 14 The Odd Triple

After returning home from a long assignment, MacGyver has an unwelcome surprise. Jack Dalton is waiting and wants him to help with a new scheme. A wealthy woman has just acquired some invaluable jewels, needing Jack to fly her back to her home in... More

The Negotiator

March 7, 1988

Ep: 15 The Negotiator

MacGyver becomes infatuated with a woman while conducting environmental-impact studies. However, what MacGyver does not know is that the woman was hired to "persuade" him to skip the studies—and if necessary, kill him.

The Spoilers

March 14, 1988

Ep: 16 The Spoilers

MacGyver enlists a recluse nicknamed "Earthquake" to help find a person who is dumping toxic waste and polluting mountain streams.

Mask of the Wolf

March 28, 1988

Ep: 17 Mask of the Wolf

Jack and Mac help an ancient Indian search for a wolf mask that two mercenaries are also eager to have.

Rock the Cradle

April 18, 1988

Ep: 18 Rock the Cradle

Mac and Jack return from a flight to find an abandoned baby in Jack's hangar, complete with a desperate note from the mother and his own endowment fund hidden in his diapers.

The Endangered

May 2, 1988

Ep: 19 The Endangered

While visiting an old girlfriend who's a park ranger at a wildlife reserve, MacGyver runs into deadly poachers who are intent on hunting animals on the reserve. When MacGyver tries to uncover their plot, they come after him. Now it's a race... More

Murderers' Sky

May 9, 1988

Ep: 20 Murderers' Sky

When the head of a American-Chinese shipping company is attacked in his office by a killer, MacGyver and the man's grandson—who is heir to the company—must find out who was behind the attempt on his life.

The Secret of Parker House

October 31, 1988

Ep: 1 The Secret of Parker House

MacGyver accompanies his friend Penny Parker to an old house she has inherited from her Aunt Betty, who mysteriously died 30 years before. When strange things start happening, Penny is sure that the house is haunted. However, MacGyver tries to... More

Blood Brothers

November 21, 1988

Ep: 2 Blood Brothers

MacGyver returns to his home town of Mission City, Minnesota to meet up with two old friends, Chuck and Neil, so they can dig up a time capsule they buried twenty-five years before. However, MacGyver is hesitant to dig the capsule up because he... More

The Outsiders

November 28, 1988

Ep: 3 The Outsiders

MacGyver helps an Amish family, who saved his life, from having their farm seized by the government.

On a Wing and a Prayer

December 5, 1988

Ep: 4 On a Wing and a Prayer

Central American rebels capture Pete and a nun, and it's up to Mac and Jack to rescue them. But, Jack's plane is sub par, and they go down in the middle of enemy territory.

Collision Course

December 12, 1988

Ep: 5 Collision Course

When a friend of Mac's is injured in a crash, Mac agrees to test the new racing engine designed by the Phoenix Foundation. However a business rival has other plans for him, and he has someone from the inside to help him.

The Survivors

January 9, 1989

Ep: 6 The Survivors

While on assignment for the Phoenix Foundation to test field agents to make sure they are still in shape, MacGyver finds out he now has another agent to test: Pete. Things take a turn for the worse when MacGyver and Pete head into the wilderness... More

Deadly Dreams

January 16, 1989

Ep: 7 Deadly Dreams

MacGyver gets involved in the search for an escaped serial killer. Soon he comes to the conclusion that the killer had help from another prisoner—an even more sinister man.

Ma Dalton

January 23, 1989

Ep: 8 Ma Dalton

Jack receives mementos of his father from an anonymous sender. This triggers a search for Jack´s mother, who has been missing since Jack was a boy. But when he finally gets to meet her, she turns out to be a fugitive in fear of her life, and... More

Cleo Rocks

February 6, 1989

Ep: 9 Cleo Rocks

Penny Parker's big chance in a major professional role is threatened from two directions: a money shortage and several deaths linked to the musical she is set to perform in.

Fraternity of Thieves

February 13, 1989

Ep: 10 Fraternity of Thieves

When Pete's son, Michael, returns to work for the foundation, neither Pete nor MacGyver see that Michael has used his connections to get closer to a Phoenix Foundation technology system in order to steal it and to sell it to the mysterious... More

The Battle of Tommy Giordano

February 20, 1989

Ep: 11 The Battle of Tommy Giordano

When a kid is kidnapped by his estranged father, MacGyver tries to help the mother, a Phoenix employee, to rescue the boy. But the father is the son of an aging organized crime kingpin whose control is being threatened by subordinates.

The Challenge

February 27, 1989

Ep: 12 The Challenge

An inner city youth club is threatened when a black resident is framed for auto theft by a neighborhood racist who'll stop at nothing to close the center—even murder.


March 13, 1989

Ep: 13 Runners

MacGyver helps a young runaway with a vicious pimp and a tragic secret about her policeman father.

Gold Rush

March 27, 1989

Ep: 14 Gold Rush

MacGyver joins a joint U.S.-U.S.S.R. team trekking into the Alaskan wilderness to retrieve a huge amount of Russian gold from a downed plane only to learn that someone has beaten them to it.

The Invisible Killer

April 10, 1989

Ep: 15 The Invisible Killer

MacGyver heads up a trip with four other Phoenix Foundation employees into the wilderness as part of a stress reduction program. After discovering that a prison bus accident has freed several prisoners, the employees begin to question each... More


April 24, 1989

Ep: 16 Brainwashed

Jack Dalton is brainwashed by an African politician and his wife to assassinate the leader of an African nation, who is in town for an awards ceremony.

Easy Target

May 1, 1989

Ep: 17 Easy Target

MacGyver and Pete are captured by terrorists intent on wiping out a nearby city with an electromagnetic pulse, unless their leader is freed.


May 8, 1989

Ep: 18 Renegade

MacGyver works hard to retrieve the anthrax bacillus stolen by a former Navy commando who once saved his life, and is now suffering the effects of an old head wound.

Unfinished Business

May 15, 1989

Ep: 19 Unfinished Business

Jack, MacGyver, and Pete review their past adventures while on a gold-panning expedition, unaware they're being stalked by a vengeful killer.

The Legend of the Holy Rose (1)

September 18, 1989

Ep: 1 The Legend of the Holy Rose (1)

Opening gambit- The Airplane: MacGyver rescues a man who is being held against his will on a high cliff, with a home-built para-glider. MacGyver and an old friend dash around the world searching for the artifacts necessary to locate the Holy... More

The Legend of the Holy Rose (2)

September 25, 1989

Ep: 2 The Legend of the Holy Rose (2)

MacGyver and an old friend dash around the world searching for the artifacts necessary to locate the Holy Grail, just one step ahead of a ruthless man on the same trail.

The Black Corsage

October 2, 1989

Ep: 3 The Black Corsage

Mac and a bounty hunter join forces with a bulldog named Frog to track down a Bulgarian defector who was the accidental witness at a murder and who is now being stalked by the killer, who needs a map she doesn't know she possesses.

Cease Fire

October 9, 1989

Ep: 4 Cease Fire

During some tough negotiations between two neighbouring states, one side plants a sniper in the vincinity. When Mac discovers the sniper, fights him, but loses the man, the accusations go out against Mac. Wounded, he is forced to run, and hide at... More

Second Chance

October 16, 1989

Ep: 5 Second Chance

MacGyver and an old friend discover a gang ripping off medical supplies from a Phoenix Foundation clinic in Asia, and an Amerasian son the friend never knew he had.

Halloween Knights

October 30, 1989

Ep: 6 Halloween Knights

Mac is called to Jack's hangar, but when he comes there, Jack is gone. The only clue leads to a cemetary. Mac goes there, thinks that he sees Jack, but suddenly he's trapped underground - by Murdoc. Murdoc asks Mac for help in locating his... More

Children of Light

November 6, 1989

Ep: 7 Children of Light

MacGyver's Chinese foster daughter arrives unexpectedly from China, carrying videotape of the massacre in Tianamen Square and a list of fax machine phone numbers vital to the continuing freedom movement.

Black Rhino

November 13, 1989

Ep: 8 Black Rhino

MacGyver takes off for Africa, where the youngest of the Colton brothers has decided to take on deadly rhino poachers single-handedly.

The Ten Percent Solution

November 20, 1989

Ep: 9 The Ten Percent Solution

The Phoenix Foundation purchase of a Nazi art treasure leads Mac to a concentration camp survivor who claims family ownership of the painting and an `Aryan nation' group actively working to create their own country.

Two Times Trouble

December 11, 1989

Ep: 10 Two Times Trouble

MacGyver tries to help an old friend who believes her jealous twin sister is trying to kill her.

The Madonna

December 18, 1989

Ep: 11 The Madonna

On Christmas Eve, MacGyver tries to help the priest of a poor church locate a stolen Madonna figure, help his friend Cynthia figure out how to keep the Challenger Club solvent and figure out a strange street woman who seems to have a miracle up... More


January 8, 1990

Ep: 12 Serenity

Exhausted MacGyver dreams he's a Civil War vet trying to claim a home in Montana that's threatened by a neighboring rancher who looks a lot like Pete Thornton. But this Pete has hired Murdoc to kill Mac...

Live and Learn

January 15, 1990

Ep: 13 Live and Learn

MacGyver tries to inspire a promising but unmotivated high school student, despite the negative efforts of a cynical teacher and the boy's skeptical father.

Log Jam

February 5, 1990

Ep: 14 Log Jam

MacGyver tries to help an environmentally active friend find out what happened to a company whistle-blower about to expose the illegal practices of a large logging firm.

The Treasure of Manco

February 12, 1990

Ep: 15 The Treasure of Manco

MacGyver and a friend race with a group of dedicated guerillas to locate a valuable Incan treasure.

Jenny's Chance

February 19, 1990

Ep: 16 Jenny's Chance

MacGyver, Dalton, and Thornton go undercover to expose a murderous money launderer.

Deep Cover

February 26, 1990

Ep: 17 Deep Cover

Pete and Mac try to help when a Phoenix Foundation engineer is seduced and betrayed by a spy seeking her prototype for a new stealth technology for submarines.

The Lost Amadeus

March 19, 1990

Ep: 18 The Lost Amadeus

A strange young woman gets Mac involved with a priceless violin and an eccentric maestro being sought by syndicate hoods.

Hearts of Steel

April 9, 1990

Ep: 19 Hearts of Steel

MacGyver is reunited with Lisa, whose help cleared him of assassination charges in Switzerland, when a steel plant executive kidnaps her as revenge against her cold corporate-raider father.

Rush to Judgement

April 16, 1990

Ep: 20 Rush to Judgement

MacGyver risks judicial displeasure when he breaks jury sequester to investigate the scene of a racially charged murder, and discovers evidence that drastically alters the interpretation of the facts.


April 30, 1990

Ep: 21 Passages

Frantic with worry about his gravely-ill Grandpa Harry, MacGyver experiences a strange near-death phenomena, seeing his parents again, when he's injured by a man who's stolen an ancient Egyptian relic.

Tough Boys

September 17, 1990

Ep: 1 Tough Boys

MacGyver's pacifist policies are put to the test by a militant youth leader he hooks up with to find out who has been organizing a gang of youthful vigilantes using extreme measures to clean the neighborhood crack problem.


September 24, 1990

Ep: 2 Humanity

MacGyver and Thornton are left to the mercies of a Romanian agent still loyal to his deposed leader Ceausescu after a mission to obtain his secret files is sabotaged.

The Gun

October 1, 1990

Ep: 3 The Gun

MacGyver searches for a gun used in an assassination twenty years ago and in a present day cop killing to clear a friend.

Twenty Questions

October 8, 1990

Ep: 4 Twenty Questions

MacGyver tries to help his teenage friend Lisa admit she has a drinking problem, but it takes a brush with the law when she's implicated in a string of home break-ins to really wake her up.

The Wall

October 22, 1990

Ep: 5 The Wall

MacGyver helps reunite an East German girl with her grandfather in America, unaware that she's been recruited by two bitter former Stasi agents who believe the old man possesses a store of hidden gold.

Lesson in Evil

October 29, 1990

Ep: 6 Lesson in Evil

Dr. Zito returns to menace MacGyver and Murphy when he escapes after his latest sanity hearing, leaving a series of nasty clues designed to give Mac a crash course in evil.

Harry's Will

November 5, 1990

Ep: 7 Harry's Will

When Mac tries to claim the station wagon left to him by his late Grandpa Harry, it starts a strange chase that leads him to an ex-con with a dream of running a restaurant, a soup kitchen in need of money, and a gang of crooks out for themselves.

MacGyver's Women

November 12, 1990

Ep: 8 MacGyver's Women

Macgyver's reluctance to commit to a permanent relationship causes him to dream an Old West scenario where he defends three of his lady friends from some ornery outlaws as he drives their wagon cross country.

Bitter Harvest

November 19, 1990

Ep: 9 Bitter Harvest

MacGyver goes undercover to investigate the death of a farm-worker organizer during an investigation of illegal pesticide use.

The Visitor

December 3, 1990

Ep: 10 The Visitor

Mac uncovers an out-of-this-world scam when he investigates some mysterious indentations in a farmer's field.

Squeeze Play

December 17, 1990

Ep: 11 Squeeze Play

Mac defends a former player's daughter being blackmailed by a baseball memorabilia-counterfeiting ring trading on her father's name.

Jerico Games

January 7, 1991

Ep: 12 Jerico Games

Mac is reunited with a high school sweetheart whose husband is a wealthy man sponsoring an international sports competition.

The Wasteland

January 21, 1991

Ep: 13 The Wasteland

Mac seeks to stop a shortsighted developer whose latest project will create an environmental ruin and could result in his premature death at the hands of his greedy children.

Eye of Osiris

February 4, 1991

Ep: 14 Eye of Osiris

Mac helps out on an archelogical dig for Alexander the Great's tomb. But the expedition seems to be followed by bad luck. Several incidents nearly causes a shut-down. Then Mac finds clues leading to Alex's tomb. Unfortunally, the accidents are... More

High Control

February 11, 1991

Ep: 15 High Control

Mac tries to help an acquaintance just out of prison stay on the straight and narrow despite the efforts of his old biker gang to blackmail him into rejoining them.

There But for the Grace

February 18, 1991

Ep: 16 There But for the Grace

Mac feels a personal involvement in the death of a priest who worked among the homeless and takes to the streets himself to find the killer.

Blind Faith

March 4, 1991

Ep: 17 Blind Faith

An old sweetheart of Pete Thornton's appeals to him for help when she tries to reveal the atrocities being committed in her Latin American homeland.

Faith, Hope & Charity

March 18, 1991

Ep: 18 Faith, Hope & Charity

Mac finds himself being cared for by two determined ladies running a bed and breakfast in an isolated spot chosen as a drop spot by two murderous mobsters with an untrustworthy partner.

Strictly Business

April 8, 1991

Ep: 19 Strictly Business

After enlisting MacGyver's help in saving his sister (from a previous episode), Murdoc wants to come out of retirement, but his former employers at Homicide International request that he take out MacGyver as a demonstration of his sincere desire... More

Trail of Tears

April 26, 1991

Ep: 20 Trail of Tears

A land dispute over the building an electricity station pits a fanatical Native American, convinced he has been given a mission by his spiritual ancestors, against the power company and MacGyver, who's just as sure that the Indian spirits are... More


May 6, 1991

Ep: 21 Hind-Sight

As Pete waits for glaucoma surgery, he and MacGyver reminisce about their past adventures and try to figure out who has been sending some vaguely threatening messages to Pete.

Honest Abe

September 16, 1991

Ep: 1 Honest Abe

Mac's trip to the airport to pick a friend's father arriving for his grandson's bar mitzvah turns into a wild international caper involving Caribbean terrorists and a stolen helicopter.

The 'Hood

September 23, 1991

Ep: 2 The 'Hood

Mac helps his new neighbors to rescue one of their own after she overhears two hitmen planning a job.


September 30, 1991

Ep: 3 Obsessed

The ghost of his archenemy Murdoc leaves MacGyver sleepless and on edge just as he is about to supervise the security of the criminal trial of a deposed dictator, a task that could determine Pete's continued employment at The Phoenix Foundation.

The Prometheus Syndrome

October 7, 1991

Ep: 4 The Prometheus Syndrome

MacGyver becomes personally involved in the effort to find a psychopathic arsonist.

The Coltons

October 14, 1991

Ep: 5 The Coltons

Mac's old friends, the bounty-hunting Colton brothers try to find a young woman who's the only witness to a Chinatown murder, aided by their wise and patient mother, their impatient younger brother and their dog, Frog.

Walking Dead

October 21, 1991

Ep: 6 Walking Dead

Mac helps his neighbor, Mama Lorraine, rescue a young student activist who has been kidnapped and turned into a zombie by Haitian terrorists hiding behind a powerful voodoo priest.

Good Knight MacGyver (1)

November 4, 1991

Ep: 7 Good Knight MacGyver (1)

A genealogy investigation and a knock on the head takes Mac back to King Arthur's court, where he must use his knowledge to prove Merlin innocent of harming the King, find the fair Cecilia and foil Morgana's attempt to take over the throne.

Good Knight MacGyver (2)

November 11, 1991

Ep: 8 Good Knight MacGyver (2)

A genealogy investigation and a knock on the head takes Mac back to King Arthur's court, where he must use his knowledge to prove Merlin innocent of harming the King, find the fair Cecilia and foil Morgana's attempt to take over the throne.

Deadly Silents

November 18, 1991

Ep: 9 Deadly Silents

Mac tries to help an old silent film star retrieve the only existing prints of his work from a pair of special-effects obsessed fans.

Split Decision

December 2, 1991

Ep: 10 Split Decision

Mac's friend Earl Dent looks to him for help when he fights to retain custody of his teenage daughter while preparing for a boxing comeback that bookmakers want him to throw.

Gunz 'N Boyz

December 16, 1991

Ep: 11 Gunz 'N Boyz

Mac and the Challenger Club try to help a boy prepared to take the rap for another boy murdered by weapons dealers exploiting the fear and suspicion in the neighborhood.

Off the Wall

December 30, 1991

Ep: 12 Off the Wall

Mac battles a callous slumlord when a young graffiti artist asks for help when his grandmother faces eviction from the apartment where she's spent her life.

The Stringer

April 25, 1992

Ep: 13 The Stringer

While working with Chinese dissidents to expose illegal labor camps, MacGyver gets unexpected help from a young photojournalist who claims to be his son!

The Mountain of Youth

May 21, 1992

Ep: 14 The Mountain of Youth

MacGyver joins Jack Dalton in Kabulstan on a search for a fountain of youth, but finds himself battling nuclear terrorists in the process.