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

Creator: Lee David Zlotoff, Henry Winkler, John Rich
Time Span: 1985 - 2020


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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Number of Books:1
First Appearance:1987
Last Appearance:2020

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.

2 Meltdown Meltdown
Written by Lee David Zlotoff, Eric Kelley
Copyright: 2020

The disappearance of a nuclear physicist while on a trans-Atlantic flight prompts the government to call in MacGyver. To find the scientist and his research and get them back, he will need the help of an old girlfriend who works at Interpol, as well as a young but deadly woman with so astonishing news for him.
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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: Sophie Ward as Kelly Carson, Brian Blessed as Atticus, Richard Dean Anderson as MacGyver
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.


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

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


Number of Stories:1
First Appearance:2013
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: Aditya Bidikar (letters), Tony Lee (writer), Lee David Zlotoff (writer), Will Sliney (pencils/inks), Ciaran Lucas (colors and cover), Owen Jollands (colors), 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.


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.


My Grade: A-


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