MACGYVER

 
Full Name: Angus MacGyver
Nationality: American
Organization: Phoenix Foundation
Occupation Agent

Creator: Lee David Zlotoff , Henry Winkler , John Rich
Time Span: 1985 - 2013
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Angus MacGyver is an agent with the Phoenix Foundation.
       Initially, MacGyver is an agent with the Department of External Services (DXS), one of America's intelligence agencies tasked with operations both inside and outside the borders of the U.S. One of its top case officers was a man named Peter Thornton and in 1979 he met the resourceful and young MacGyver and convinced him to join the team. For the next half decade they worked together all over the globe. The first televises season represents the cases they were involved with during their last year at that organization.
       In 1986 after six years, MacGyver decided to leave and join the privately funded "think-tank" called the Phoenix Foundation. Its mission was considerably broader than for the DXS and MacGyver was able to get involved in things other than just stopping bad guys or furthering the interests of the current Administration. Law enforcement, environmental projects, social services and others were things that interested MacGyver more than his previous work and he went to the new job gladly. He took his pal and handler, Thornton, with him.
       MacGyver was born in 1952 (or possibly 1951) in Minnesota. He was an avid hockey player as a teenager and continues to love and play the sport as an adult. After graduating high school, he attended university and earned a degree in physics. Instead of getting a job in that field, though, he obviously felt the wanderlust and spent the next few years doing a variety of things including driving race cars, fighting oil-well fires, and even working at a youth facility. Then he met Thornton who was so impressed with the resourcefulness of MacGyver that he pushed until "Mac", as he is routinely called, finally agreed to work with him.
       MacGyver is the epitome of resourcefulness and ingenuity. Due to his very intense liking of firearms of any sort, he is forced when falling into danger, something he routinely does, he must find other ways of surviving. Luckily his talents with duct tape and his trusty Swiss Army knife and literally just about anything else "just lying around", coupled with his terrific knowledge of physics allow him to perform what would become known as "macgyverisms", namely ingenious solutions to pull off incredible feats. A couple of these include making a magnifying glass with a hairpin and some white wine and using salt, sugar, and weed killer to make an impressive explosion.

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BOOKS

Number of Books:1
First Appearance:1987
Last Appearance:1987

1 MacGyver On Ice MacGyver On Ice
Written by Mark Daniel
Copyright: 1987

A crazed general in Alaska has a plan to take out the Soviet threat by destroying the Soviet Union and he has a bacterial time-bomb to do it. MacGyver must get inside his facility and neutralize it but the man has enough traps laid to challenge even Mac's talents.

MOVIES

Number of Movies:2
First Appearance:1994
Last Appearance:1994

       Both movies about MacGyver were made-for-television adventures coming two years after the regular season went off the air.

1 MacGyver - Lost Treasure of Atlantis MacGyver - Lost Treasure of Atlantis
Director: Michael Vejar
Writer: John Sheppard
Actors: Richard Dean Anderson as MacGyver, Sophie Ward as Kelly Carson, Brian Blessed as Atticus
Released: 1994

A former archeology professor asks MacGyver's help verifying his discover of the lost city of Atlantis and recovering its treasure.

2 MacGyver - Trail To Doomsday MacGyver - Trail To Doomsday
Director: Charles Correll
Writer: John Considine
Actors: Sophie Ward as Kelly Carson, Beatie Edney as Natalia, Peter Egan as Frederick Moran, Lena Headey as Elise Moran
Released: 1994

Looking into the murder of an old friend, MacGyver discovers a nuclear weapons facility hidden in the middle of the U.K.

TELEVISION

Number of Episodes:139
First Appearance:1985
Last Appearance:1992
Network:ABC

REGULAR CAST
Richard Dean AndersonAngus MacGyver [ 1-7 ]
Dana ElcarPeter Thornton [ 1-7 ]
Bruce McGillJack Dalton [ 2-7 ]
Teri HatcherPenny Parker [ 1-5 ]
1 Pilot
Episode 1-1, first aired 09/29/1985


2 The Golden Triangle
Episode 1-2, first aired 10/06/1985


3 Thief of Budapest
Episode 1-3, first aired 10/13/1985


4 The Gauntlet
Episode 1-4, first aired 10/21/1985


5 The Heist
Episode 1-5, first aired 11/03/1985


6 Trumbo's World
Episode 1-6, first aired 11/10/1985


7 Last Stand
Episode 1-7, first aired 11/17/1985


8 Hellfire
Episode 1-8, first aired 11/27/1985


9 The Prodigal
Episode 1-9, first aired 12/08/1985


10 Target MacGyver
Episode 1-10, first aired 12/22/1985


11 Nightmares
Episode 1-11, first aired 01/15/1986


12 Deathlock
Episode 1-12, first aired 01/22/1986


13 Flame's End
Episode 1-13, first aired 01/29/1986


14 Countdown
Episode 1-14, first aired 02/05/1986


15 The Enemy Within
Episode 1-15, first aired 02/12/1986


16 Every Time She Smiles
Episode 1-16, first aired 02/19/1986


17 To Be a Man
Episode 1-17, first aired 03/05/1986


18 Ugly Duckling
Episode 1-18, first aired 03/12/1986


19 Slow Death
Episode 1-19, first aired 04/02/1986


20 The Escape
Episode 1-20, first aired 04/16/1986


21 A Prisoner of Conscience
Episode 1-21, first aired 04/30/1986


22 The Assassin
Episode 1-22, first aired 05/07/1986


23 The Human Factor
Episode 2-1, first aired 09/22/1986


24 The Eraser
Episode 2-2, first aired 09/29/1986


25 Twice Stung
Episode 2-3, first aired 10/06/1986


26 The Wish Child
Episode 2-4, first aired 10/20/1986


27 Final Approach
Episode 2-5, first aired 10/27/1986


28 Jack of Lies
Episode 2-6, first aired 11/03/1986


29 The Road Not Taken
Episode 2-7, first aired 11/10/1986


30 Eagles
Episode 2-8, first aired 11/17/1986


31 Silent World
Episode 2-9, first aired 11/24/1986


32 Three For the Road
Episode 2-10, first aired 12/15/1986


33 Phoenix Under Siege
Episode 2-11, first aired 01/05/1987


34 Family Matter
Episode 2-12, first aired 01/12/1987


35 Soft Touch
Episode 2-13, first aired 01/19/1987


36 Birth Day
Episode 2-14, first aired 02/02/1987


37 Pirates
Episode 2-15, first aired 02/09/1987


38 Out in the Cold
Episode 2-16, first aired 02/16/1987


39 Dalton, Jack of Spies
Episode 2-17, first aired 02/23/1987


40 Partners
Episode 2-18, first aired 03/02/1987


41 Bushmaster
Episode 2-19, first aired 03/23/1987


42 Friends
Episode 2-20, first aired 04/06/1987


43 D.O.A.: MacGyver
Episode 2-21, first aired 04/27/1987


44 For Love or Money
Episode 2-22, first aired 05/04/1987


45 Lost Love (1)
Episode 3-1, first aired 09/21/1987


46 Lost Love (2)
Episode 3-2, first aired 09/28/1987


47 Back From the Dead
Episode 3-3, first aired 10/05/1987


48 Ghost Ship
Episode 3-4, first aired 10/19/1987


49 Fire and Ice
Episode 3-5, first aired 10/26/1987


50 GX-1
Episode 3-6, first aired 11/02/1987


51 Jack in the Box
Episode 3-7, first aired 11/09/1987


52 The Widowmaker
Episode 3-8, first aired 11/16/1987


53 Hell Week
Episode 3-9, first aired 11/23/1987


54 Blow Out
Episode 3-10, first aired 12/21/1987


55 Kill Zone
Episode 3-11, first aired 01/04/1988


56 Early Retirement
Episode 3-12, first aired 01/18/1988


57 Thin Ice
Episode 3-13, first aired 02/01/1988


58 The Odd Triple
Episode 3-14, first aired 02/29/1988


59 The Negotiator
Episode 3-15, first aired 03/07/1988


60 The Spoilers
Episode 3-16, first aired 03/14/1988


61 Mask of the Wolf
Episode 3-17, first aired 03/28/1988


62 Rock the Cradle
Episode 3-18, first aired 04/18/1988


63 The Endangered
Episode 3-19, first aired 05/02/1988


64 Murderers' Sky
Episode 3-20, first aired 05/09/1988


65 The Secret of Parker House
Episode 4-1, first aired 10/31/1988


66 Blood Brothers
Episode 4-2, first aired 11/21/1988


67 The Outsiders
Episode 4-3, first aired 11/28/1988


68 On a Wing and a Prayer
Episode 4-4, first aired 12/05/1988


69 Collision Course
Episode 4-5, first aired 12/12/1988


70 The Survivors
Episode 4-6, first aired 01/09/1989


71 Deadly Dreams
Episode 4-7, first aired 01/16/1989


72 Ma Dalton
Episode 4-8, first aired 01/23/1989


73 Cleo Rocks
Episode 4-9, first aired 02/06/1989


74 Fraternity of Thieves
Episode 4-10, first aired 02/13/1989


75 The Battle of Tommy Giordano
Episode 4-11, first aired 02/20/1989


76 The Challenge
Episode 4-12, first aired 02/27/1989


77 Runners
Episode 4-13, first aired 03/13/1989


78 Gold Rush
Episode 4-14, first aired 03/27/1989


79 The Invisible Killer
Episode 4-15, first aired 04/10/1989


80 Brainwashed
Episode 4-16, first aired 04/24/1989


81 Easy Target
Episode 4-17, first aired 05/01/1989


82 Renegade
Episode 4-18, first aired 05/08/1989


83 Unfinished Business
Episode 4-19, first aired 05/15/1989


84 Legend of the Holy Rose (1)
Episode 5-1, first aired 09/18/1989


85 Legend of the Holy Rose (2)
Episode 5-2, first aired 09/25/1989


86 The Black Corsage
Episode 5-3, first aired 10/02/1989


87 Cease Fire
Episode 5-4, first aired 10/09/1989


88 Second Chance
Episode 5-5, first aired 10/16/1989


89 Halloween Knights
Episode 5-6, first aired 10/30/1989


90 Children of Light
Episode 5-7, first aired 11/06/1989


91 Black Rhino
Episode 5-8, first aired 11/13/1989


92 The Ten Percent Solution
Episode 5-9, first aired 11/20/1989


93 Two Times Trouble
Episode 5-10, first aired 12/11/1989


94 The Madonna
Episode 5-11, first aired 12/18/1989


95 Serenity
Episode 5-12, first aired 01/08/1990


96 Live and Learn
Episode 5-13, first aired 01/15/1990


97 Log Jam
Episode 5-14, first aired 02/05/1990


98 The Treasure of Manco
Episode 5-15, first aired 02/12/1990


99 Jenny's Chance
Episode 5-16, first aired 02/19/1990


100 Deep Cover
Episode 5-17, first aired 02/26/1990


101 The Lost Amadeus
Episode 5-18, first aired 03/19/1990


102 Hearts of Steel
Episode 5-19, first aired 04/09/1990


103 Rush to Judgement
Episode 5-20, first aired 04/16/1990


104 Passages
Episode 5-21, first aired 04/30/1990


105 Tough Boys
Episode 6-1, first aired 09/17/1990


106 Humanity
Episode 6-2, first aired 09/24/1990


107 The Gun
Episode 6-3, first aired 10/01/1990


108 Twenty Questions
Episode 6-4, first aired 10/08/1990


109 The Wall
Episode 6-5, first aired 10/22/1990


110 Lesson in Evil
Episode 6-6, first aired 10/29/1990


111 Harry's Will
Episode 6-7, first aired 11/05/1990


112 MacGyver's Women
Episode 6-8, first aired 11/12/1990


113 Bitter Harvest
Episode 6-9, first aired 11/19/1990


114 The Visitor
Episode 6-10, first aired 12/03/1990


115 Squeeze Play
Episode 6-11, first aired 12/17/1990


116 Jerico Games
Episode 6-12, first aired 01/07/1991


117 The Wasteland
Episode 6-13, first aired 01/21/1991


118 Eye of Osiris
Episode 6-14, first aired 02/04/1991


119 High Control
Episode 6-15, first aired 02/11/1991


120 There But For the Grace
Episode 6-16, first aired 02/18/1991


121 Blind Faith
Episode 6-17, first aired 03/04/1991


122 Faith, Hope & Charity
Episode 6-18, first aired 03/18/1991


123 Strictly Business
Episode 6-19, first aired 04/08/1991


124 Trail of Tears
Episode 6-20, first aired 04/26/1991


125 Hind-Sight
Episode 6-21, first aired 05/06/1991


126 Honest Abe
Episode 7-1, first aired 09/16/1991


127 The 'Hood
Episode 7-2, first aired 09/23/1991


128 Obsessed
Episode 7-3, first aired 09/30/1991


129 The Prometheus Syndrome
Episode 7-4, first aired 10/07/1991


130 The Coltons
Episode 7-5, first aired 10/14/1991


131 Walking Dead
Episode 7-6, first aired 10/21/1991


132 Good Knight MacGyver (1)
Episode 7-7, first aired 11/04/1991


133 Good Knight MacGyver (2)
Episode 7-8, first aired 11/11/1991


134 Deadly Silents
Episode 7-9, first aired 11/18/1991


135 Split Decision
Episode 7-10, first aired 12/02/1991


136 Gunz'N Boyz
Episode 7-11, first aired 12/16/1991


137 Off the Wall
Episode 7-12, first aired 12/30/1991


138 The Stringer
Episode 7-13, first aired 04/25/1992


139 Mountain of Youth
Episode 7-14, first aired 05/21/1992


COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Issues:1
First Appearance:2012
Last Appearance:2013

       A five-issue series from Image Comics ran from October 2012 to February 2013. It was collected into a single trade paperback and released later in 2013.

1 MacGyver - Fugitive Gauntlet MacGyver - Fugitive Gauntlet
Published by Image Comics
Contributors: Owen Jollands (colors), Ciaran Lucas (colors and cover), Will Sliney (pencils/inks), Lee David Zlotoff (writer), Tony Lee (writer), Aditya Bidikar (letters), Aditya Bidikar (letters), Andie Tong (cover)
Copyright: 2013

Trade paperback compilation of the 5-issue mini-series. Getting a plea for his help from an old professor with whom he was hardly close during college, MacGyver is intrigued enough to head to the jungles of Africa. He has perfected a new miracle seed which can grow plants in arid land using salt water. Lots of people will do anything, including killing, to get it. And someone has a multi-million dollar bounty on MacGyver's head.

MY COMMENTS

       In the Fall of 1985, I was totally hooked when I saw the pilot for the new series on ABC. I wanted a new spy hero. Sean Connery had retired from Bond-hood (then came back) and Roger Moore, as much as I loved him as the Saint, was never my favorite Bond. Timothy Dalton was still a year or two away from taking the helm. On television, there were a few good ones, like Scarecrow and Mrs. King (who would not like Kate Jackson), but I always want more. With the dashing, exciting, entertaining, and exceptionally inventive MacGyver, I got it.
       I was so far from being a physics expert that it made no difference to me one way or another if the things he did could be done. They looked like they could be and that made for a great story. And Richard Dean Anderson made everything look fun and interesting.
       Thanks to the beauty of the VCR, I could tape episodes while out with friends or on a date and watch them later. Now, it was nowhere as much fun as now with a DVR or streaming but, hey, it was the 80s and it was hi-tech then. And I had a pretty impressive collection of MacGyver episodes. Boy, did they take up room!
       Since my main motivation for reading spy novels is the excitement and the story, MacGyver gave me what I wanted and more. Derring-dos in each episode along with beautiful women and exotic sites (or so they made me believe) and a hero who was as close to every-man as you can get, once you look past the handsome and genius qualities.

       Thirty years later with a new version of MacGyver on television, changing the character somewhat and with a new set of problems to resolve, I still like the character. I refuse to pick one over the other because, hey, no one asked me and no one would give a hoot anyways. The first MacGyver gave me 7 seasons and 139 episodes and two made-for-tv movies. If the second MacGyver gives me a bunch of episodes, I will be happy and appreciative as well.

GRADE

My Grade: A-

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