The Best Episodes of MacGyver (2016)

Last Updated: Apr 7, 2019

Young Angus "Mac" MacGyver works for a clandestine organization within the U.S. government, relying on his unconventional problem-solving skills to save lives.

Murdoc + Helman + Hit

#1 - Murdoc + Helman + Hit

Season 3 - Episode 18

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.

star 8.01
136 votes
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Mac + Jack

#2 - Mac + Jack

Season 2 - Episode 12

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.

star 7.86
736 votes
Directors: Ron Underwood
Writers: Peter Lenkov, Craig O’Neill, David Slack
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Bullet + Pen

#3 - Bullet + Pen

Season 2 - Episode 11

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.

star 7.86
765 votes
Directors: Carlos Bernard
Writers: Marqui Jackson
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MacGyver + MacGyver

#4 - MacGyver + MacGyver

Season 2 - Episode 23

MacGyver gets a shocking surprise when he tries to tell Matty that he’s quitting the Phoenix Foundation.

star 7.84
607 votes
Directors: Stephen Herek
Writers: Craig O'Neill, David Slack
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War Room + Ship

#5 - War Room + Ship

Season 2 - Episode 10

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.

star 7.82
756 votes
Writers: Brian Durkin, Andrew Karlsruher
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UFO + Area 51

#6 - UFO + Area 51

Season 2 - Episode 22

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.

star 7.80
627 votes
Directors: Ericson Core
Writers: Marqui Jackson, Lindsey Allen, Nancy Kiu
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K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit

#7 - K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit

Season 3 - Episode 15

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.

star 7.80
375 votes
Writers: Rob Pearlstein
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Father + Bride + Betrayal

#8 - Father + Bride + Betrayal

Season 3 - Episode 14

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.

star 7.78
382 votes
Directors: Avi Youbian
Writers: Sophia Lopez, Lindsey Allen, Nancy Kiu
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Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship

#9 - Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship

Season 3 - Episode 2

When Jack receives an emergency distress signal from one of his old Delta buddies who is falsely accused of terrorism in a foreign country, MacGyver and Jack quickly recruit the rest of Jack’s old Delta team and stage an unsanctioned rescue op.

star 7.78
513 votes
Directors: Duane Clark
Writers: Brian Durkin
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Cigar Cutter

#10 - Cigar Cutter

Season 1 - Episode 21

Season Finale. 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.

star 7.78
1,266 votes
Directors: Christine Moore
Writers: Craig O'Neill, David Slack, Peter Lenkov
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Murdoc + Handcuffs

#11 - Murdoc + Handcuffs

Season 2 - Episode 15

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.

star 7.77
714 votes
Directors: Stephen Herek
Writers: Marqui Jackson
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Mardi Gras Beads + Chair

#12 - Mardi Gras Beads + Chair

Season 2 - Episode 14

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.

star 7.76
725 votes
Directors: Mike Martinez
Writers: Brian Durkin, Marqui Jackson, Andrew Karlsruher
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Wilderness + Training + Survival

#13 - Wilderness + Training + Survival

Season 3 - Episode 13

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.

star 7.76
404 votes
Directors: Brad Turner
Writers: Andrew Zepeda Klein, Joshua Brown
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Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly

#14 - Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly

Season 3 - Episode 7

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.

star 7.76
445 votes
Writers: Andrew Karlsruher
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CO2 Sensor + Tree Branch

#15 - CO2 Sensor + Tree Branch

Season 2 - Episode 13

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.

star 7.75
755 votes
Directors: Brad Turner
Writers: Timothy J. Lea, Adam Beechen
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Lidar + Rogues + Duty

#16 - Lidar + Rogues + Duty

Season 3 - Episode 16

The Phoenix Foundation must recover the body of a pilot whose plane crashed while testing an experimental laser mapping system that Mac designed; Riley tries to identify the hacker who tricked a SWAT team into arresting her and Elwood.

star 7.75
338 votes
Directors: Stephen Herek
Writers: Don Perez
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Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241

#17 - Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241

Season 3 - Episode 12

Mac and the gang team up with a master thief to catch an underworld criminal who hired her to steal a dirty bomb.

star 7.74
414 votes
Directors: Ron Underwood
Writers: Brian Durkin
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Scissors

#18 - Scissors

Season 1 - Episode 11

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.

star 7.73
1,460 votes
Directors: Stephen Herek
Writers: Lindsay Allen, Nancy Kiu
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Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome

#19 - Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome

Season 3 - Episode 8

MacGyver and the team set off on a dangerous capture operation after an Irish military intelligence officer approaches them claiming to know the whereabouts of “The Ghost,” a lethal bomb maker whom Mac has been hunting for years.

star 7.73
445 votes
Directors: Lily Mariye
Writers: Brian Durkin
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Riley + Airplane

#20 - Riley + Airplane

Season 2 - Episode 18

When Matty and the team search for a former government tech who stole classified intel and has been evading capture, they reunite with the Coltons, the family of bounty hunters, who are pursuing the same man for different reasons.

star 7.72
631 votes
Directors: Antonio Negret
Writers: Lindsey Allen
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Duct Tape + Jack

#21 - Duct Tape + Jack

Season 2 - Episode 7

MacGyver uses a heater and tabasco sauce to help a key presidential candidate in Ecuador receive a heart transplant he desperately needs after a rebel group tries to sabotage delivery of the organ.

star 7.72
821 votes
Writers: Brian Durkin
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Matty + Ethan + Fidelity

#22 - Matty + Ethan + Fidelity

Season 3 - Episode 10

Matty reveals a shocking secret to the team: she has a husband who’s been undercover in a criminal organization called D-Company for eight years. When his status as a CIA agent comes out, Matty needs MacGyver to find and extract her husband before it’s too late.

star 7.71
423 votes
Directors: David Straiton
Writers: Andrew Karlsruher
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Hammock + Balcony

#23 - Hammock + Balcony

Season 2 - Episode 16

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.

star 7.71
715 votes
Directors: Eagle Egilsson
Writers: Justin Lisson
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Skull + Electromagnet

#24 - Skull + Electromagnet

Season 2 - Episode 5

The team is pulled away from their Halloween plans when they head into the dreaded Bermuda Triangle to retrieve the Vice President’s son after his plane goes down with a mysterious prisoner on board.

star 7.71
999 votes
Writers: Lindsey Allen
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Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle

#25 - Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle

Season 2 - Episode 19

As Mac and the team investigate the suspicious death of Dawn’s CIA supervisor, the evidence leads to a dirty CIA agent and a massive counterfeiting ring.

star 7.71
652 votes
Directors: Sharat Raju
Writers: Andrew Klein, Andrew Karlsruher
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