10 Worst 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 - S5E3

#10 - Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma (Season 5 - Episode 3)

When Russ is kidnapped, Mac and the team must break out a previously murderous psychopath, now pacifist, from prison to help find him. Also, while on the run, Mac and Desi are forced to confront their relationship issues.

The episode was rated 7.62 from 230 votes.

MacGyver - S1E6

#9 - Wrench (Season 1 - Episode 6)


Using only a wrench and rope, MacGyver must diffuse a bomb set near the United Nations by his old nemesis, “The Ghost”, a notorious criminal whose work killed his mentor, and track him down before he strikes again.

The episode was rated 7.61 from 1712 votes.

MacGyver - S3E17

#8 - Seeds + Permafrost + Feather (Season 3 - Episode 17)

MacGyver and team are asked to solve a locked-door mystery when a man working inside a remote, ultra-secure international seed vault disappears.

The episode was rated 7.60 from 521 votes.

MacGyver - S1E5

#7 - Toothpick (Season 1 - Episode 5)


Using only an armrest, a curtain rod, and a toothpick, MacGyver must fix a sabotaged train in order to protect a whistleblower who has proof that her boss is selling weapons to U.S. enemies.

The episode was rated 7.56 from 1771 votes.

MacGyver - S3E5

#6 - Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family (Season 3 - Episode 5)

When Oversight’s attempt to capture a drug cartel’s leader goes bad, MacGyver and Jack rush to Mexico to pull their boss out while racing through the heart of the country during Dia de Muertos celebrations. Also, Bozer and Riley use Halloween as a distraction to gather intel on a man accused of treason.

The episode was rated 7.56 from 569 votes.

MacGyver - S1E4

#5 - Wire Cutter (Season 1 - Episode 4)


Mac and Jack partner with older versions of themselves, a Russian bomb programmer and his estranged handler, to shut down a Soviet-era warhead in Moscow. But when the antiquated computer needed to disable the warhead becomes inoperable, Mac must find a way to fix it with only duct tape and wire in time to prevent a new Cold War.

The episode was rated 7.53 from 1888 votes.

MacGyver - S5E6

#4 - Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (Season 5 - Episode 6)

During COVID-19’s first stay-at-home order, as Mac, Bozer and Riley quarantine together, they try to stop a crime in progress at their neighbor’s house. Russ’ romantic fling takes on a longer and more complicated turn when they quarantine together.

The episode was rated 7.43 from 204 votes.

MacGyver - S1E3

#3 - Awl (Season 1 - Episode 3)


MacGyver and the team are in Malaysia to extract a terrorist group’s money man, Ralph, who holds key intel on an impending attack. But the mission goes south when the man is shot, and now, with only a driver’s license and hand sanitizer available, MacGyver must keep Ralph alive in order to learn the terrorists’ plans.

The episode was rated 7.37 from 2142 votes.

MacGyver - S1E2

#2 - Metal Saw (Season 1 - Episode 2)

MacGyver and the team attempt to rescue Sarah, Jack’s former CIA partner/ex-girlfriend who went missing in Venezuela after she obtained evidence to take down an international arms dealer.

The episode was rated 7.29 from 2621 votes.

MacGyver - S1E1

#1 - The Rising (Season 1 - Episode 1)


Angus “Mac” MacGyver and Jack Dalton, special agents for the Department of External Services (DXS), join forces to recover a missing bioweapon that has the ability to destroy hundreds of thousands of people with one single drop.

The episode was rated 7.09 from 3760 votes.

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