The BEST Episodes of MacGyver (2016)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 3, 2019

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.

Bullet + Pen

#1 - 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 7.85
786 votes
Directors: Carlos Bernard
Writers: Marqui Jackson
MacGyver + MacGyver

#2 - 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 7.85
634 votes
Directors: Stephen Herek
Writers: Craig O'Neill, David Slack
Mac + Jack

#3 - 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 7.85
756 votes
Directors: Ron Underwood
Writers: Craig O’Neill, David Slack, Peter Lenkov
War Room + Ship

#4 - 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
781 votes
Writers: Andrew Karlsruher, Brian Durkin
Murdoc + Helman + Hit

#5 - 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 7.81
469 votes
Directors: Roderick Davis
Writers: Lee David Zlotoff
K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit

#6 - 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 7.81
477 votes
Writers: Rob Pearlstein
UFO + Area 51

#7 - 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
659 votes
Directors: Ericson Core
Writers: Lindsey Allen, Marqui Jackson, Nancy Kiu
Mason + Cable + Choices

#8 - Mason + Cable + Choices

Season 3 - Episode 22

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 7.79
438 votes
Directors: Maja Vrvilo
Writers: Jim Adler
Father + Bride + Betrayal

#9 - 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
476 votes
Directors: Avi Youabian
Writers: Lindsey Allen, Nancy Kiu, Sophia Lopez
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
1,286 votes
Directors: Christine Moore
Writers: Craig O'Neill, David Slack, Peter Lenkov
Wilderness + Training + Survival

#11 - 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 7.78
494 votes
Directors: Brad Turner
Writers: Andrew Zepeda Klein, Joshua Brown
No-Go + High-Voltage + Rescue

#12 - No-Go + High-Voltage + Rescue

Season 3 - Episode 20

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
439 votes
Directors: Eagle Egillson
Writers: Andrew Karlsruher, Rob Pearlstein
Murdoc + Handcuffs

#13 - 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
742 votes
Directors: Stephen Herek
Writers: Marqui Jackson
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
501 votes
Writers: Andrew Karlsruher
Lidar + Rogues + Duty

#15 - 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 7.76
445 votes
Directors: Stephen Herek
Writers: Don Perez
Mardi Gras Beads + Chair

#16 - 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
751 votes
Directors: Mike Martinez
Writers: Andrew Karlsruher, Brian Durkin, Marqui Jackson
Friends + Enemies + Border

#17 - Friends + Enemies + Border

Season 3 - Episode 19

MacGyver and Desi help a group of Syrian refugees who are being pursued by human traffickers. Also, in Los Angeles, Bozer is trapped in Oversight's car, which is rigged to explode.

star 7.75
453 votes
Directors: Andi Armaganian
Writers: Justin Lisson
Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship

#18 - 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 7.75
563 votes
Directors: Duane Clark
Writers: Brian Durkin
CO2 Sensor + Tree Branch

#19 - 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 7.74
775 votes
Directors: Brad Turner
Writers: Adam Beechen, Timothy J. Lea

#20 - 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 7.74
1,483 votes
Directors: Stephen Herek
Writers: Lindsay Allen, Nancy Kiu
Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241

#21 - 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 7.72
490 votes
Directors: Ron Underwood
Writers: Brian Durkin
Duct Tape + Jack

#22 - 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
843 votes
Writers: Brian Durkin
Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle

#23 - 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
680 votes
Directors: Sharat Raju
Writers: Andrew Karlsruher, Andrew Klein
Riley + Airplane

#24 - 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 7.71
663 votes
Directors: Antonio Negret
Writers: Lindsey Allen
Matty + Ethan + Fidelity

#25 - 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
490 votes
Directors: David Straiton
Writers: Andrew Karlsruher