MacGyver follows the adventures of the laid-back, extremely resourceful secret agent Angus MacGyver. He prefers non-violent conflict resolution whenever possible and refuses to carry or use a gun. MacGyver works as a problem solver for the Phoenix Foundation in Los Angeles. Utilizing his education as a scientist and his experience as an operative in the Department of External Services (DXS), he is able to solve a range of problems usually with the help of his ever-present Swiss Army knife.
Opening gambit- The Airplane: MacGyver rescues a man who is being held against his will on a high cliff, with a home-built para-glider.
MacGyver and an old friend dash around the world searching for the artifacts necessary to locate the Holy Grail, just one step ahead of a ruthless man on the same trail, who will do anything to get to it before they do...
MacGyver and an old friend dash around the world searching for the artifacts necessary to locate the Holy Grail, just one step ahead of a ruthless man on the same trail.
Mac and a bounty hunter join forces with a bulldog named Frog to track down a Bulgarian defector who was the accidental witness at a murder and who is now being stalked by the killer, who needs a map she doesn't know she possesses.
During some tough negotiations between two neighbouring states, one side plants a sniper in the vincinity. When Mac discovers the sniper, fights him, but loses the man, the accusations go out against Mac.
Wounded, he is forced to run, and hide at a private girls' school, where one of the young ladies becomes his only hope to prevent further bloodshed. But the young girl has her own issues, and the assassination attemts won't stop until the targeted delegate is dead.
MacGyver and an old friend discover a gang ripping off medical supplies from a Phoenix Foundation clinic in Asia, and an Amerasian son the friend never knew he had.
Mac is called to Jack's hangar, but when he comes there, Jack is gone. The only clue leads to a cemetary. Mac goes there, thinks that he sees Jack, but suddenly he's trapped underground - by Murdoc.
Murdoc asks Mac for help in locating his sister, whom he has kept secret for all years, but who's now been kidnapped by Murdoc's old employers: a cartel of assassins-for-hire.
Mac and Murdoc attempt to sneak into the cartel's club, using Halloween costumes and a secret meeting between the leaders of the cartel.
But just as they think they have found the sister, they are caught in deadly gauntlet...
MacGyver's Chinese foster daughter arrives unexpectedly from China, carrying videotape of the massacre in Tianamen Square and a list of fax machine phone numbers vital to the continuing freedom movement.
MacGyver takes off for Africa, where the youngest of the Colton brothers has decided to take on deadly rhino poachers single-handedly.
The Phoenix Foundation purchase of a Nazi art treasure leads Mac to a concentration camp survivor who claims family ownership of the painting and an `Aryan nation' group actively working to create their own country.
MacGyver tries to help an old friend who believes her jealous twin sister is trying to kill her.
On Christmas Eve, MacGyver tries to help the priest of a poor church locate a stolen Madonna figure, help his friend Cynthia figure out how to keep the Challenger Club solvent and figure out a strange street woman who seems to have a miracle up her sleeve.
Exhausted MacGyver dreams he's a Civil War vet trying to claim a home in Montana that's threatened by a neighboring rancher who looks a lot like Pete Thornton. But this Pete has hired Murdoc to kill Mac...
MacGyver tries to inspire a promising but unmotivated high school student, despite the negative efforts of a cynical teacher and the boy's skeptical father.
MacGyver tries to help an environmentally active friend find out what happened to a company whistle-blower about to expose the illegal practices of a large logging firm.
MacGyver and a friend race with a group of dedicated guerillas to locate a valuable Incan treasure.
MacGyver, Dalton, and Thornton go undercover to expose a murderous money launderer.
Pete and Mac try to help when a Phoenix Foundation engineer is seduced and betrayed by a spy seeking her prototype for a new stealth technology for submarines.
A strange young woman gets Mac involved with a priceless violin and an eccentric maestro being sought by syndicate hoods.
MacGyver is reunited with Lisa, whose help cleared him of assassination charges in Switzerland, when a steel plant executive kidnaps her as revenge against her cold corporate-raider father.
MacGyver risks judicial displeasure when he breaks jury sequester to investigate the scene of a racially charged murder, and discovers evidence that drastically alters the interpretation of the facts.