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.

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Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 1985-09-29

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Angus “Mac” MacGyver is a title character and the protagonist in MacGyver. He is played by Richard Dean Anderson. MacGyver works as a troubleshooter for the fictional Phoenix Foundation in Los Angeles. Educated as a scientist and with a background from a fictional United States government agency, the Department of External Services (DXS), he is a resourceful secret agent able to solve a range of problems. In addition to his scientific knowledge and inventive use of common items, he always carries a Swiss Army knife and a roll of duct tape. He prefers non-violent conflict resolution wherever possible and refuses to carry a gun; but will not hesitate to use one as self-preservation (such as the AK47 rifle that he used briefly in the pilot episode). Lucas Till portrays a younger version of MacGyver in the 2016 reboot of the same name.

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The term “MacGyver” has now become part of the colloquial American English lexicon. When one “MacGyvers” a solution to a problem, one finds a simple yet elegant solution to something using existing resources. This is in contrast to a kludge, or a Rube Goldberg, which is generally complicated and problematic.

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