10 Best Episodes of MacGyver

20-something Angus MacGyver creates a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening.

Written by Sophie and last updated on jan 28, 2023.

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MacGyver - S3E14

#15 - 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.

The episode was rated 7.80 from 530 votes.

MacGyver - S4E5

#14 - Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan (Season 4 - Episode 5)


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.

The episode was rated 7.80 from 373 votes.

MacGyver - S3E18

#13 - 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.

The episode was rated 7.80 from 512 votes.

MacGyver - S3E15

#12 - 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.

The episode was rated 7.80 from 526 votes.

MacGyver - S4E3

#11 - Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck (Season 4 - Episode 3)

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.

The episode was rated 7.81 from 388 votes.

MacGyver - S4E7

#10 - Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (Season 4 - Episode 7)


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.

The episode was rated 7.81 from 372 votes.

MacGyver - S4E9

#9 - Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis (Season 4 - Episode 9)

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.

The episode was rated 7.81 from 364 votes.

MacGyver - S2E22

#8 - 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.

The episode was rated 7.81 from 696 votes.

MacGyver - S4E13

#7 - Save + The + Dam + World (Season 4 - Episode 13)

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.

The episode was rated 7.84 from 338 votes.

MacGyver - S2E10

#6 - 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.

The episode was rated 7.84 from 830 votes.

MacGyver - S2E12

#5 - 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.

The episode was rated 7.86 from 798 votes.

MacGyver - S2E11

#4 - 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.

The episode was rated 7.87 from 831 votes.

MacGyver - S2E23

#3 - MacGyver + MacGyver (Season 2 - Episode 23)

MacGyver gets a shocking surprise when he tries to tell Matty that he’s quitting the Phoenix Foundation.

The episode was rated 7.88 from 670 votes.

MacGyver - S4E8

#2 - Father + Son + Father + Matriarch (Season 4 - Episode 8)


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.

The episode was rated 7.89 from 360 votes.

MacGyver - S4E12

#1 - Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire (Season 4 - Episode 12)

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.

The episode was rated 7.93 from 337 votes.

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