The BEST Episodes of MacGyver (2016)
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 19, 2021
Young Angus "Mac" MacGyver works for a clandestine organization within the U.S. government, relying on his unconventional problem-solving skills to save lives.
#1 - Mac + Jack
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 5, 2018
When Mac and Jack are trapped inside Mac’s house, which his nemesis, The Ghost, has rigged with explosives, Mac uses a karaoke mic and an audio transformer to let the team know that this bomb is a distraction for a bigger one. Also, through flashbacks, Mac and Jack’s contentious first meeting unfolds.
#2 - Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire
Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired May 1, 2020
The Phoenix team is forever altered when MacGyver’s Aunt Gwen gets into his head about family and connection and convinces Mac and Riley to join Codex. Matty and Russ take their concerns about Codex to the White House.
#3 - MacGyver + MacGyver
Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired May 4, 2018
MacGyver gets a shocking surprise when he tries to tell Matty that he’s quitting the Phoenix Foundation.
#4 - Bullet + Pen
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 15, 2017
The LAPD interrupts the team’s Christmas celebration to arrest Mac for terrorism when they find a body in a building destroyed by a bomb Mac built.
#5 - Father + Son + Father + Matriarch
Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 3, 2020
After Oversight is almost killed in a bombing, he recruits Mac to help him find the suspected bomber, Mason. However, when Mason reveals he didn’t plant the bomb, the three team up to track down Codex, the shadow organization that set them up. Also, Mac meets his aunt Gwendolyn.
#6 - War Room + Ship
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 8, 2017
When 32 college students are stranded on a research ship in the Arctic Ocean with no heat and erupting fires, Mac develops an emotional connection to the group leader, via video chat, as he relays how to stay alive as they await a rescue ship. Also, Jack kidnaps Elwood to find out what scam he’s up to next, and Bozer’s feelings toward Leanna grow stronger.
#7 - UFO + Area 51
Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 27, 2018
Mac and Riley are attacked by a group of masked men after the government calls them in to examine a mysterious object that crash-landed in the Nevada desert. Also, Riley uncovers new information about Mac’s father but questions whether to deliver it to him after he says he needs to move on.
#8 - Murdoc + Handcuffs
Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 2, 2018
After one of Murdoc’s go-to assassins agrees to hand over Murdoc to MacGyver in exchange for $10 million, the team finds itself protecting Murdoc from his former mentor, Nicholas Helman, who wants him dead. Also, Jack realizes he may still have feelings for Riley’s mother, Diane.
#9 - K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit
Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 15, 2019
After a surprising introduction to Phoenix's newest recruit, Desi, MacGyver and team are assigned to escort and protect an ATF (alcohol, tobacco, firearms) gun-sniffing dog who has a bounty on his head, only to discover they're not the only ones crashing the weapon drop.
#10 - Save + The + Dam + World
Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired May 8, 2020
With Mac and Riley undercover with Codex, hoping to stop the organization from within, their mission is interrupted when Russ, Desi and the Phoenix team move to prevent Codex from detonating a weapon of mass destruction, with Mac and Riley caught in the crosshairs. The team discovers Russ’ real reason for purchasing the Phoenix Foundation.
#11 - Father + Bride + Betrayal
Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 1, 2019
An international crime boss offers to surrender if he's allowed to return to the United States to watch his daughter walk down the aisle.
#12 - Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 21, 2020
MacGyver and the team board a plane that’s mid-flight when the pilot has a heart attack, and discover the medical emergency was intentional.
#13 - Murdoc + Helman + Hit
Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 5, 2019
When Nicholas Helman resurfaces to carry out a killing spree, the team is forced to get help from the one person who knows him best- his protege, Murdoc.
#14 - Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis
Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 10, 2020
While Mac’s friends surround him during his time of grief, Los Angeles’ power grid is taken hostage in a ransomware attack resulting in a citywide blackout, and the team discovers the code used was written by Riley years ago.
#15 - Wilderness + Training + Survival
Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 18, 2019
Mac, Riley and Bozer go on a weekend of survival training, then they run into a violent group of criminals who are searching for a lost crate of money. Jack and Matty go on a road trip to place Ethan and his family in witness protection.
#16 - Mardi Gras Beads + Chair
Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 19, 2018
When the team heads to New Orleans to track down the con artist who is posing as the wife of “Duke Jacoby,” one of Jack’s old CIA aliases, Jack finds himself in jeopardy when “Duke’s” old enemies resurface looking for revenge.
#17 - Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan
Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 6, 2020
In an attempt to find the main players in the Codex and cut off their match-fixing funding, Desi goes undercover to infiltrate a soccer team and find the corrupt player working with the shadow organization.
#18 - CO2 Sensor + Tree Branch
Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 12, 2018
While Mac participates in a challenge for government operatives to create robotic combat machines, Mac must help his biggest competitor, Allie, when her vehicle is hacked and heads to the Pentagon. Also, Jack attends his high school reunion, hoping for a showdown with his old rival who beat him out for homecoming king.
#19 - Mason + Cable + Choices
Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired May 10, 2019
MacGyver faces off with a cunning new adversary whose carefully crafted plans put Mac at the epicenter of an impossible choice: save the life of a friend, or save the lives of hundreds of innocents. Also, Mac receives new information that will drive a wedge between him and his father.
#20 - Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey
Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 27, 2020
A double date descends into chaos when Mac and Desi witness a murder in the back of the restaurant, and as they work to find the killer, Riley tries to keep the secret about her and her friends’ “day jobs” from her new boyfriend, Aubrey.
#21 - No-Go + High-Voltage + Rescue
Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 26, 2019
When two American tourists go missing while doing a “No-Go Scavenger Hunt” through some of the world’s most dangerous countries, the Phoenix team goes undercover as backpackers to find them and bring them home alive.
#22 - Cigar Cutter
Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 14, 2017
Murdoc moves forward with his plans for revenge against MacGyver by recruiting his recently released former cellmate to infiltrate the Phoenix Complex as a "lab technician" and kill every agent inside.
#23 - Hammock + Balcony
Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 2, 2018
MacGyver, Leanna, Riley and Bozer pose as honeymoon couples at a resort in order to gain information about a Serbian war criminal from his newly married son. Also, Bozer wonders if Matty knows about his relationship with Leanna, and Jack recruits Elwood to help him break into Matty’s home.
#24 - Scissors
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 16, 2016
MacGyver and Jack search for Riley, using a microwave and a power strip, after she mysteriously disappears and hacks into the NSA, possibly unleashing World War III. Also, Bozer goes on his first official mission, and Jack opens up about his history with Riley’s mother, Diane.
#25 - Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 9, 2018
Matty sends MacGyver and team to Ghana to recover a hard drive from an e-waste landfill that is run by a powerful and violent man. But when Matty refuses to reveal what’s on the drive, other than a mysterious file called “Dragonfly,” the team speculates about what could be so important to her.