Sep. 29, 1985
60 min.
ABC TV Network

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MacGyver is a different kind of hero - he doesn´t use weapons, he´s afraid of heights, and he´s an expert at making complicated machines out of ordinary things. A fan, a dough-scraper and some duct tape forms an excellent helicopter attack. A cut credit card can help cause a traffic jam. A light bulb makes an outstanding set of lock picks...

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MacGyver Season 1 (1985-1986)

1x01 1 1x01 Pilot
Leaking acid threatens the New Mexico water system and MacGyver is called in to help the two trapped scientists escape.
Sep. 29, 1985
1x02 1 1x02 The Golden Triangle
MacGyver becomes involves with a drug lord in Burma when he is mistaken for a narcotics agent while recovering a canister filled with a deadly chemical.
Oct. 06, 1985
1x03 1 1x03 Thief of Budapest
MacGyver travels to Budapest to recover microfilm secrets hidden inside of a watch. However, a young Gypsy girl steals the watch and MacGyver has to help her and her family out to get ...
Oct. 13, 1985
1x04 1 1x04 The Gauntlet
MacGyver comes to an aid of a photographer who has evidence linking an illegal arms dealer to a South American dictator. MacGyver must get her out of the country past the soldiers trying ...
Oct. 21, 1985
1x05 1 1x05 The Heist
MacGyver takes on a crooked Virgin Islands casino owner who has stolen $60 million in diamonds and stashed them in his impregnable vault.
Nov. 03, 1985
1x06 1 1x06 Trumbo's World
Mac and his friend, ornithologist Dr. Charles Alden, travel to South America and discover that a horde of ants are ravaging the countryside. Mac is forced to take refuge at a plantation ...
Nov. 10, 1985
1x07 1 1x07 Last Stand
On the way to a vacation, MacGyver stops off at an airstrip and discovers that robbers have taken the staff hostage. They force MacGyver to help them open up a hijacked armored car, ...
Nov. 17, 1985
1x08 1 1x08 Hellfire
MacGyver helps out two friends who have sunk their life's savings into a private oil rig. But when an accident sets the rig on fire, MacGyver has to lend a hand.
Nov. 27, 1985
1x09 1 1x09 The Prodigal
A mobster wants to testify against his brother and goes into protective custody. However, when he wants to visit his dying mother, MacGyver has to help him escape from the Feds.
Dec. 08, 1985
1x10 1 1x10 Target MacGyver
Mac decides to go on a fishing holiday with his grandfather Harry and reconcile their differences. However, things become perilous when an old enemy, Axminster, comes hunting for Mac ...
Dec. 22, 1985
1x11 1 1x11 Nightmares
MacGyver escapes from enemy agents who poison him in an attempt to force him to turn over stolen papers. However, he only has six hours to live unless he returns and finds the antidote, ...
Jan. 15, 1986
1x12 1 1x12 Deathlock
A foreign agent, Quayle, turns a safehouse where MacGyver and Peter are keeping a code expert into a deahtrap.
Jan. 22, 1986
1x13 1 1x13 Flame's End
MacGyver's old girlfriend contacts him about theft of uranium at a nuclear processing plant.
Jan. 29, 1986
1x14 1 1x14 Countdown
When a bomber holds an ocean liner hostage with specially rigged bombs and demands millions in payoff, MacGyver and an old Vietnam friend, Charlie Robinson, are flown in by chopper. ...
Feb. 05, 1986
1x15 1 1x15 The Enemy Within
MacGyver is paired with Viktoria Tomanova, a Russian female defector, who can identify a foreign killer and other agents. At a peace conference, Mac and the Viktoria witness the transformation ...
Feb. 12, 1986
1x16 1 1x16 Every Time She Smiles
While trying to escape Bulgaria with a top secret microfilm, MacGyver encounters Penny Parker, an American woman with a penchant for bad love affairs... and stolen jewels that she slips ...
Feb. 19, 1986
1x17 1 1x17 To Be a Man
During a rescue mission in Afghanistan, MacGyver is wounded and forced to take refuge with an Afghan woman and her son. However, a local thug is harassing the woman and will turn MacGyver ...
Mar. 05, 1986
1x18 1 1x18 Ugly Duckling
A teenage computer hacker breaks into a Defense Department databank to obtain information on a missile system on behalf of her professor, MacGyver's old mentor. The FBI and black marketeers ...
Mar. 12, 1986
1x19 1 1x19 Slow Death
MacGyver is forced to hop a train after recovering some top-secret documents. However, a local tribe stops the train and demands that the person responsible for selling them tainted ...
Apr. 02, 1986
1x20 1 1x20 The Escape
Sara Ashford approaches MacGyver and asks for his help freeing her brother Brian from a foreign prison. Mac gets arrested and infiltrates the prison, and helps Brian to escape, but ...
Apr. 16, 1986
1x21 1 1x21 A Prisoner of Conscience
To get a Russian dissident out of a mental hospital, MacGyver has to fake insanity to get in, then get both of them out.
Apr. 30, 1986
1x22 1 1x22 The Assassin
Mac goes up against Piedra, an assassin who never misses and whose skills at improvisation rival Mac's own. When Piedra targets an archbishop, Mac has to go up against the target's ...
May. 07, 1986
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Season 1 Characters

MacGyver played by Richard Dean Anderson
Pete Thornton played by Dana Elcar
Sergeant played by Michael Shore (V)
Captain played by Socrates Ballis
Khan played by Sid Haig
Pilot played by Richard Partlow
Lin played by Joan Chen
Eleanor Kingman played by Frances Bergen
Kate Lafferty played by Darcy Marta
Kate Connelly played by Robin Curtis
Al Tennyson played by Harry Caesar
Sara Ashford played by Kristina Wayborn
Zia played by Persis Khambatta
Karen Blake played by Wendy Schaal
Catlin played by Vernon Wells
Yuri Demetri played by Elya Baskin
Gantner played by Michael Lerner
Viktoria Tomanova played by Viktoriya Fyodorova
Lucien Trumbo played by David Ackroyd
Bill Farren played by Cooper Huckabee
Hungarian Inspector Jan Messic played by Michael Constantine
Amy Austin played by Tannis G. Montgomery
Joey Bennett played by Richard Romanus
Carole Tanner played by Ellen Bry
Terry Ross played by Corinne Bohrer

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Season 1 Videos

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Season 1 Quotes

01x06 - Trumbo's World Season 1 / Episode 6: - Trumbo's World

MacGyver: Ah what a life I lead, riding the rapids in the Pyrenees Mountains one day, and the next crossing half the world to help out a friend with a very weird problem, in a very strange part of the Amazon. I think I should get an unlisted phone number.
01x20 - The Escape Season 1 / Episode 20: - The Escape

MacGyver: Is ol' Brian a Russian, too?
Sara Ashford: No, he's a crooked arms dealer who stole the weapons from me to sell on the black market. But he ended up in Hirosh prison before he could make the delivery.
MacGyver: Yeah, so the deal was I get him out and you get the guns back, right?
Brian Ashford: Look, must we have all these little maudlin revelations? Just kill him and get it over with before the gendarme show up.
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Season 1 Trivia

  • Episode 09 - Richard and Robert Romanus play brothers on this episode and are brothers in real life as well.
  • Episode 21 - Goof (continuity error): When Mac is introduced to the other patients for the first time, the chess master folds the chess board such that the squares are not visible. When Dr. Suvarin takes the board from him, the squares are visible.
  • Episode 14 - Goof (factual errors): The vacuum tube would not be able to suck out the powder because the bomb's chamber was itself a vacuum, so there would be no interior pressure to push the powder into the tube.
  • Episode 15 - Goof (factual errors): If the car truly had no brakes due to a total loss of fluid pressure, the brake pedal would have sunk all the way to the floor, not just depressed a third of the way as it does in the movie.
  • Episode 12 - Goof (plot holes): Since he was busy removing Karen's com-unit and then confronting her about her being an enemy agent, Mac doesn't ever get a chance to pour vinegar into the biscuit tin, and he does not take the vinegar bottle with him when he and Karen exit the kitchen, so he could not have later created

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