The BEST Episodes of MacGyver (2016)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2021

Network: CBS

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

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Mac + Jack

#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.

star 7.90
905 votes
Directors: Ron Underwood
Writers: Craig O'Neill, David Slack, Peter Lenkov
Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire

#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.

star 7.89
382 votes
Writers: Jim Adler
MacGyver + MacGyver

#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.

star 7.89
718 votes
Directors: Stephen Herek
Writers: Craig O'Neill, David Slack
Bullet + Pen

#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.

star 7.88
963 votes
Directors: Carlos Bernard
Writers: Marqui Jackson
Father + Son + Father + Matriarch

#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.

star 7.83
396 votes
Directors: David Straiton
Writers: Travis Fickett
War Room + Ship

#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.

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

#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.

star 7.81
745 votes
Directors: Ericson Core
Writers: Lindsey Allen, Marqui Jackson, Nancy Kiu
Murdoc + Handcuffs

#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.

star 7.81
886 votes
Directors: Stephen Herek
Writers: Marqui Jackson
K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit

#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.

star 7.80
546 votes
Writers: Rob Pearlstein
Save + The + Dam + World

#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.

star 7.79
386 votes
Directors: Carlos Bernard
Writers: Cindy Appel, Terry Matalas
Father + Bride + Betrayal

#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.

star 7.79
552 votes
Directors: Avi Youabian
Writers: Lindsey Allen, Nancy Kiu, Sophia Lopez
Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck

#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.

star 7.79
430 votes
Directors: Lily Mariye
Writers: Rob Pearlstein
Murdoc + Helman + Hit

#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.

star 7.79
533 votes
Directors: Roderick Davis
Writers: Lee David Zlotoff
Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis

#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.

star 7.79
406 votes
Writers: Brandon Botta, Casey Tollett Botta
Wilderness + Training + Survival

#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.

star 7.78
562 votes
Directors: Brad Turner
Writers: Andrew Klein, Josh Brown
Mardi Gras Beads + Chair

#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.

star 7.78
894 votes
Directors: Mike Martinez
Writers: Andrew Karlsruher, Brian Durkin, Marqui Jackson
Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan

#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.

star 7.77
415 votes
Directors: Duane Clark
Writers: Cindy Appel
CO2 Sensor + Tree Branch

#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.

star 7.77
925 votes
Directors: Brad Turner
Writers: Adam Beechen, Timothy J. Lea
Mason + Cable + Choices

#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.

star 7.77
525 votes
Directors: Maja Vrvilo
Writers: Jim Adler
Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey

#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.

star 7.77
411 votes
Directors: Brad Turner
Writers: Stephanie Hicks
No-Go + High-Voltage + Rescue

#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.

star 7.77
513 votes
Directors: Eagle Egilsson
Writers: Andrew Karlsruher, Rob Pearlstein
Cigar Cutter

#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.

star 7.75
1,422 votes
Directors: Christine Moore
Writers: Craig O'Neill, David Slack, Peter Lenkov
Hammock + Balcony

#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.

star 7.75
886 votes
Directors: Eagle Egilsson
Writers: Justin Lisson

#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.

star 7.75
1,629 votes
Directors: Stephen Herek
Writers: Lindsay Allen, Nancy Kiu
Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly

#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.

star 7.74
569 votes
Writers: Andrew Karlsruher