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MacGyver (2016 TV series)

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Based onMacGyver
by Lee David Zlotoff
Developed byPeter M. Lenkov
Theme music composerRandy Edelman
Composer(s)Keith Power
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes54 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)P. Todd Coe
Peter M. Tassler
Production location(s)Marietta, Georgia
Los Angeles, California (pilot)
CinematographyGabriel Beristain
Editor(s)Mark Manos
Running time43 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorCBS Television Distribution

Lionsgate Home Entertainment (DVD releases)
Original networkCBS
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 23, 2016 (2016-09-23) – present
Related showsMacGyver (1985)
External links

MacGyver is an American action-adventure television series developed by Peter M. Lenkov and starring Lucas Till as the title character. It is a reboot of the ABC series of the same name created by Lee David Zlotoff, which aired from 1985 to 1992. (Till had yet to be born when the original MacGyver premiered.) The series premiered on September 23, 2016, on CBS.[1]

On April 18, 2018, CBS renewed the series for a third season, which premiered on September 28, 2018.[2][3]


Angus "Mac" MacGyver is an operative of a secret U.S. government organization where he uses his extraordinary talent for problem solving and his extensive knowledge of science to save lives.[4] "With skills that are only limited by his creativity, Mac saves the day using paper clips instead of pistols, birthday candles instead of bombs, and gum instead of guns."[5]

Cast and characters


  • Lucas Till as Angus "Mac" MacGyver: A highly intelligent and incredibly resourceful U.S. operative who works for the Phoenix Foundation, a covert agency operating under the guise of a think tank. Trained as an EOD technician for the Army, Mac prefers to use non-lethal means to stop his enemies; he is never without his trusty Swiss Army knife and uses anything in his environment to his advantage.
  • George Eads as Jack Dalton: Mac's partner in the field and a former Delta Force operator. Jack's history with Mac goes back to his days in the Army and unlike Mac, he is not afraid to use guns in the field. He also has history with Riley, because he was once in a relationship with her mother and had an altercation with her abusive father. While mostly easy-going and laid-back, Jack can get serious when the situation calls for it and often calls upon his special forces training to help the team get out of a tight spot.
  • Sandrine Holt as Patricia Thornton (season 1, episodes 1–12): Initial Director of Field Operations at the Phoenix Foundation and, in Mac's own words, the most successful clandestine operative in U.S. history. By the book and serious most of the time, Thornton regularly assigns the team their missions. In the 12th episode, "Screwdriver", she is discovered to be a mole working for the Organization and arrested.
  • Tristin Mays as Riley Davis: A tough-as-nails, sarcastic hacker who is hired by the Phoenix Foundation as their technical specialist. Riley was originally in prison for trying to hack the NSA in order to save her mother from a reclusive hacktivist group. She had a strained relationship with Jack because he vanished from her and her mother's lives after an altercation with her abusive father, but now views Jack as a father figure.
  • Justin Hires as Wilt Bozer: Mac's best friend whom he has known since childhood. He is initially a struggling film director possessing several artistic talents. His ability to create lifelike prosthetic masks and facial prosthetics gets him hired at the Phoenix Foundation. Bozer is a source of comic relief and often helps Riley in exchange for earning the digits to her phone number.
  • Meredith Eaton as Matilda "Matty" Webber (season 1, episode 13–present): Thornton's replacement as Director of Operations at Phoenix Foundation and Jack's ex-boss from the CIA. It's revealed in "Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly" that she is married, but has not worn a wedding ring since her husband went on a deep undercover assignment.
  • Isabel Lucas as Samantha Cage (season 2, episodes 1–11), CIA officer and formerly of SASR 4th Squadron. After she is discharged from the CIA for her unsanctioned actions in the second season premiere, Matty recruits her into the Phoenix Foundation. In the episode "Bullet + Pen", she is ambushed and shot by the assassin Murdoc in her apartment, but survives, and returns home to her native Australia to recover.


  • Tracy Spiridakos as Nikki Carpenter: An undercover CIA operative who formerly worked as a hacker for DXS until she faked her own death. She is also Mac's ex-girlfriend.
  • Amy Acker as Sarah Adler: CIA operative and Jack's ex-girlfriend.
  • David Dastmalchian as Murdoc: A brilliant assassin, also known as Suspect 218, and a frequent opponent of Mac. He is at first thought to have been sent by Nikki, but is later revealed to have been sent by Thornton.
  • Kate Bond as Jill Morgan: A forensics expert at the Phoenix Foundation. The team members occasionally ask her for help on personal missions. She is seen leading a task force to help capture Murdoc in the third season premiere. Murdoc kills her at the end of the episode.
  • Lauren Vélez as Cassandra Glover, a coordinator for Operative Training Center.
  • Reign Edwards as Leanna Martin: A recruit for some Government Organization. Bozer meets and becomes good friends with Leanna at the Operative Training Center, later leading to a romantic relationship that they try to keep secret. In the season 2 finale, Leanna is hired by the Phoenix Foundation.
  • William Baldwin as Elwood Davis, Riley's estranged father.
  • Lance Gross as Billy Colton, a member of the Colton bounty hunting family who becomes Riley's love interest.
  • Tate Donovan as James MacGyver/"Oversight", Mac's father who had mysteriously disappeared from his life.
  • Sibongile Mlambo as Nasha, Mac's Nigerian girlfriend whom he met after briefly leaving the Phoenix Foundation.

Notable guests



In October 2015, the original series' executive producer, Henry Winkler, signed on to produce a remake series with James Wan and R. Scott Gemmill for CBS,[6] which owns the rights to MacGyver through its acquisition of the original Paramount Television. In February 2016, it was announced that CBS had greenlit production of a pilot episode written by Paul Downs Colaizzo and directed by Wan.[7] Wan pulled out from directing due to scheduling conflicts and was replaced by David Von Ancken.[8]

In May 2016, the network picked up the series. Co-creator and executive producer Peter M. Lenkov will serve as the showrunner.[9] On May 18, 2016, CBS released a first video trailer for new series.[10] In June 2016, the network scrapped the original pilot, with Wan to direct a new pilot episode.[11]

On October 17, 2016, CBS ordered a full season of 21 episodes.[12] On March 23, 2017, CBS renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on September 29, 2017.[13][14]


In March 2016, Lucas Till was announced as the new MacGyver, Joshua Boone as Gunner, MacGyver's best friend from high school, alongside with former and longtime CSI star George Eads as Jack Dalton, who was originally named Lincoln, a man who could easily be written off as an eccentric conspiracy theorist but is a legitimate government employee with great capability for compassion.[15] Later cast were Addison Timlin as Mickey, an app developer who is aggressively progressive in her political views but who has a soft spot for MacGyver, and Michelle Krusiec as Agent Croix, Dalton's sister who works for the Department of Homeland Security.[16] However, the original pilot with this casting was scrapped by CBS in June 2016 – a new pilot episode was ordered with only Till and Eads from the original cast continuing on to the revised version of the show.[11]

Around the same time the new pilot was ordered, Justin Hires was cast as Wilt Bozer, MacGyver's roommate who is an aspiring filmmaker.[17] In July 2016, Variety reported that Sandrine Holt had been cast as Patricia Thornton, an ex-field agent who was the director of operations for the Department of External Services,[18] and that Tristin Mays was cast as Riley Davis, a highly unpredictable computer hacker with a chip on her shoulder.[19]

On November 26, it was announced that George Eads is set to depart the series midway through the show's current third season. According to creator Peter M. Lenkov, Eads asked to be released from his contract for some time so he could spend more time with his young daughter who resides in Los Angeles due to filming the series in Atlanta. Producers ultimately agreed with Eads to be written out of the show but leaving the opportunity for him to return as a guest star in the future. His final episode is set to air sometime in 2019.[20]


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
121September 23, 2016 (2016-09-23)April 14, 2017 (2017-04-14)
223September 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)May 4, 2018 (2018-05-04)
322[21]September 28, 2018 (2018-09-28)TBA


On February 3, 2017, CBS announced that MacGyver would crossover with Hawaii Five-0 in a special episode ("Flashlight") which aired on March 10, 2017.[22]

International broadcast

In the United Kingdom, Sky acquired the rights to MacGyver, and the series commenced airing on Sky1 from February 8, 2017.[23] Fox Crime Turkey broadcasts serials a week after original run.[24] Veronica broadcasts the episodes in the Netherlands, a few weeks after US broadcast.[25] In Australia, the series airs on the Ten network.[26] The show also airs in Asia on AXN. The series premiered in Latin America on Universal Channel on October 26, 2017. In Germany the series premiered in June 2017 on Sat.1.



Season Time slot (ET/PT) Episodes Season premiere Season finale TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
1 Friday 8:00 pm 21 September 23, 2016 10.90[27] April 14, 2017 6.57[28] 2016–17 27 9.80[29]
2 23 September 29, 2017 6.69[30] May 4, 2018 6.10[31] 2017–18 38 8.59[32]
3 September 28, 2018 5.77[33] 2018–19

Critical response

MacGyver has received generally negative reviews from television critics, with many comparing it poorly to the original and some praising and criticizing CBS for making it an updated show. Variety wrote: "Lucas Till’s performance as the title character misses the mark completely; even when MacGyver explains the contraptions he builds on the fly via voiceovers, Till’s delivery is wooden and clunky. The writing doesn’t help — the pilot script is full of silly plot short-cuts and painfully cheesy lines — but there’s no getting around the fact that the new version of the character has very little appeal.... George Eads does what he can to bring a bit of energy to the MacGyver spy crew, but it’s a futile effort. MacGyver may know a lot about chemistry, but this unmemorable team has none."[34]

USA Today wrote: "If... you’re looking for something approaching the original’s simple DIY charms — or, for that matter, something even marginally original — look elsewhere. What you're getting here is a factory-made retread that is less MacGyver than MacGyver: Impossible, with the title character now just one member of an impossible mission team.... MacGyver may not fully engage you, but at least it won't actively annoy you."[35]

IGN's verdict was: "CBS' MacGyver is an unnecessary, middling reboot that has little to offer - its biggest sin being a bland hero and eye-rolling stakes. Lifting more than a few swerves from the Mission Impossible franchise, this new MacGyver somehow even manages to make the science gimmick dull."[36]

Rotten Tomatoes shows a 25% "rotten" rating with the sites critical consensus reading, "Despite using spare parts from countless successful TV procedurals, the new MacGyver fails to cobble together a compelling show."[37] Similarly, Metacritic shows a score of 38 out of 100, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[38]

Movie Pilot was more positive, commending Till's performance while noting that the show does a good job of "maintaining the essence of the original while appealing to a modern generation".[39]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite New TV Drama MacGyver Nominated [40]
Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series, or Movie Jeff Wolfe Nominated [41]
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Action TV Actor Lucas Till Nominated


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