The BEST Episodes of MacGyver (2016)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 1, 2020

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.

Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire

#1 - 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 7.93
324 votes
Directors: Geoff Shotz
Writers: Jim Adler
Father + Son + Father + Matriarch

#2 - 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 7.92
346 votes
Directors: David Straiton
Writers: Travis Fickett
Mac + Jack

#3 - 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
878 votes
Directors: Ron Underwood
Writers: Craig O’Neill, David Slack, Peter Lenkov
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 7.89
938 votes
Directors: Carlos Bernard
Writers: Marqui Jackson
MacGyver + MacGyver

#5 - 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 7.88
693 votes
Directors: Stephen Herek
Writers: Craig O'Neill, David Slack
Save + The + Dam + World

#6 - 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 7.85
325 votes
Directors: Carlos Bernard
Writers: Cindy Appel, Terry Matalas
Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis

#7 - 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 7.84
348 votes
Writers: Brandon Botta, Casey Tollett Botta
Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey

#8 - 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 7.83
360 votes
Directors: Brad Turner
Writers: Stephanie Hicks
UFO + Area 51

#9 - 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 7.82
720 votes
Directors: Ericson Core
Writers: Lindsey Allen, Marqui Jackson, Nancy Kiu
War Room + Ship

#10 - 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
910 votes
Writers: Andrew Karlsruher, Brian Durkin
Murdoc + Helman + Hit

#11 - 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 7.81
507 votes
Directors: Roderick Davis
Writers: Lee David Zlotoff
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 7.81
382 votes
Directors: Lily Mariye
Writers: Rob Pearlstein
Murdoc + Handcuffs

#13 - 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
862 votes
Directors: Stephen Herek
Writers: Marqui Jackson
K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit

#14 - 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 7.81
521 votes
Writers: Rob Pearlstein
Father + Bride + Betrayal

#15 - 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 7.81
523 votes
Directors: Avi Youabian
Writers: Lindsey Allen, Nancy Kiu, Sophia Lopez
Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan

#16 - 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 7.81
367 votes
Directors: Duane Clark
Writers: Cindy Appel
No-Go + High-Voltage + Rescue

#17 - 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 7.80
487 votes
Directors: Eagle Egilsson
Writers: Andrew Karlsruher, Rob Pearlstein
Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix

#18 - Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 7, 2020

Ex-MI6 agent Russ Taylor recruits former Phoenix Foundation members Mac, Riley, Bozer, Matty and Desi to hunt down a bioweapon that’s planned to be used by a mysterious organization for a devastating attack on a major U.S. city.

star 7.79
398 votes
Directors: David Straiton
Writers: Terry Matalas
Wilderness + Training + Survival

#19 - 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 7.79
540 votes
Directors: Brad Turner
Writers: Andrew Klein, Joshua Brown
Mardi Gras Beads + Chair

#20 - 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 7.79
870 votes
Directors: Mike Martinez
Writers: Andrew Karlsruher, Brian Durkin, Marqui Jackson
Mason + Cable + Choices

#21 - 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 7.78
502 votes
Directors: Maja Vrvilo
Writers: Jim Adler
CO2 Sensor + Tree Branch

#22 - 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 7.78
896 votes
Directors: Brad Turner
Writers: Adam Beechen, Timothy J. Lea
Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly

#23 - 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 7.76
543 votes
Writers: Andrew Karlsruher
Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed

#24 - Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 14, 2020

Department of Defense General John Acosta recruits MacGyver to steal a highly classified project from a military lab in order to find flaws in its security. But when it’s discovered that the general is planning an attack using the weapon, Phoenix must stop Acosta before the weapon is uploaded.

star 7.76
380 votes
Directors: David Straiton
Writers: Terry Matalas
Cigar Cutter

#25 - Cigar Cutter

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 14, 2017

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 7.76
1,399 votes
Directors: Christine Moore
Writers: Craig O'Neill, David Slack, Peter Lenkov