The BEST Episodes of MacGyver

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 3, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

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 Phoenix Foundation in Los Angeles. Utilizing his education as a scientist and his experience as an operative in the Department of External Services (DXS), he is able to solve a range of problems usually with the help of his ever-present Swiss Army knife.

The Legend of the Holy Rose (1)

#1 - The Legend of the Holy Rose (1)

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 18, 1989

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 Grail, just one step ahead of a ruthless man on the same trail, who will do anything to get to it before they do...

star 8.60
165 votes
Directors: Michael Caffey
Writers: Stephen Downing
The Legend of the Holy Rose (2)

#2 - The Legend of the Holy Rose (2)

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 25, 1989

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.

star 8.37
192 votes
Directors: Charlie Correll
Writers: Stephen Downing
Lesson in Evil

#3 - Lesson in Evil

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 29, 1990

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.

star 8.34
139 votes
Directors: Bill Gereghty
Writers: John Sheppard
The Outsiders

#4 - The Outsiders

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 28, 1988

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

star 8.31
121 votes
Directors: Mike Vejar
Writers: Michelle Poteet Lisanti
Jenny's Chance

#5 - Jenny's Chance

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 19, 1990

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

star 8.30
122 votes
Directors: Michael Caffey
Writers: John Sheppard, Rick Drew
Black Rhino

#6 - Black Rhino

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 13, 1989

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

star 8.25
99 votes
Directors: Michael Caffey
Writers: Paul B. Margolis
Murderers' Sky

#7 - Murderers' Sky

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired May 9, 1988

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.

star 8.22
134 votes
Directors: Mike Vejar
Writers: Herman Miller
For Love or Money

#8 - For Love or Money

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 4, 1987

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 to get him back.

star 8.17
125 votes
Directors: James L. Conway
Writers: Doug Heyes Jr.
The Challenge

#9 - The Challenge

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 27, 1989

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.

star 8.13
132 votes
Directors: Dana Elcar
Writers: Chris Haddock
The Black Corsage

#10 - The Black Corsage

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 2, 1989

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.

star 8.11
163 votes
Directors: Charlie Correll
Writers: Paul Margolis
Strictly Business

#11 - Strictly Business

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 8, 1991

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 to rejoin them. Knowing that MacGyver is the only contract that he failed to execute, Murdocs agrees to "clear" his otherwise perfect record. MacGyver, returning home one night, finds Murdoc waiting for him at his dinner table- with dinner waiting. Murdoc sets MacGyver up for execution and forces MacGyver to admit defeat to him- or be killed via cyanide. After that, Murdoc warns MacGyver of his intention to kill him and then leaves. MacGyver knows the professional killer is not bluffing- and he knows he will use anybody and do anything to get to him...

star 8.09
157 votes
Directors: Mike Vejar
Writers: John Sheppard

#12 - GX-1

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 2, 1987

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.

star 8.07
194 votes
Directors: Mike Vejar
Writers: Calvin Clements Jr.
The Secret of Parker House

#13 - The Secret of Parker House

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 31, 1988

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 convince her that there's no such thing as ghosts, but then he starts witnessing the strange events, too.

star 8.07
156 votes
Writers: Gene Hanson, John Sheppard, Rick Drew
The Visitor

#14 - The Visitor

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 3, 1990

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

star 8.06
114 votes
Directors: Bill Gereghty
Writers: Brad Radnitz
Blow Out

#15 - Blow Out

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 21, 1987

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 find out what the terrorist's next target is before it's too late.

star 8.03
153 votes
Directors: Cliff Bole
Writers: W. Reed Moran
Two Times Trouble

#16 - Two Times Trouble

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 11, 1989

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

star 8.02
87 votes
Directors: Michael Preece
Writers: Robert Sherman
The Ten Percent Solution

#17 - The Ten Percent Solution

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 20, 1989

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.

star 8.02
94 votes
Directors: Michael Preece
Writers: Sally Drake, Tom Drake
Rush to Judgement

#18 - Rush to Judgement

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 16, 1990

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.

star 8.01
75 votes
Directors: Charlie Correll
Writers: Robert Sherman
Rock the Cradle

#19 - Rock the Cradle

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 18, 1988

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.

star 7.99
105 votes
Directors: Mike Vejar
Writers: John Whelpley
The Invisible Killer

#20 - The Invisible Killer

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Apr 10, 1989

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 other's behavior. MacGyver must now figure out which man, if any, is not to be trusted before it's too late.

star 7.98
122 votes
Directors: Dana Elcar
Writers: Chris Haddock
Phoenix Under Siege

#21 - Phoenix Under Siege

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 5, 1987

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 they must figure another way out before she activates the bomb.

star 7.95
204 votes
Writers: Stephen Kronish
Early Retirement

#22 - Early Retirement

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 18, 1988

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 not-so-trustworthy man—one who may have been connected to the explosion.

star 7.95
157 votes
Directors: Cliff Bole
Writers: John Whelpley
The Stringer

#23 - The Stringer

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 25, 1992

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

star 7.93
115 votes
Directors: Mike Vejar
Writers: John Sheppard
Three for the Road

#24 - Three for the Road

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 15, 1986

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. The mob shows up and kills MacGyver's friend before he can give MacGyver what he promised. Instead the bag lands in the old couple's car, where the old actor finds it and discovers it full of money.

star 7.89
197 votes
Directors: Alan Crosland
Writers: John J. Sakmar, Kerry Lenhart, Mark Lisson, Rob Hedden

#25 - Countdown

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 5, 1986

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 when they get there, they find out there's more then one bomb on the ship.

star 7.89
325 votes
Directors: Stan Jolley
Writers: David Ketchum, Tony DiMarco