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MacGyver Paramount Television, 1985-1992, 2005-2011 Created by Lee David Zlotoff (Remington Steele) Executive Producers: Henry Winkler (The Fonz in Happy Days) and John Rich Running Time: 50 minutes per episode Rated TV-PG for violence and mature situations. Cast Richard Dean Anderson (Lt. Gen. Jack O'Neill in Stargate SG-1) as MacGyver* Dana Elcar (1927-2005) as Pete Thornton Bruce McGill (D-Day in National Lampoon's Animal House) as Jack Dalton Michael Des Barres (British rock singer from the '70s and '80s) as Murdoc (*I refuse to believe that he has a first name, Angus or whatever.) Part James Bond, part Indiana Jones (and a little bit of Adam West on the side) and often armed with nothing but a Swiss Army knife and a flattened roll of duct tape, MacGyver is all adventure. Regardless of how hairy the situation, he knows a way out. And for seven years, MacGyver kept viewers on the edge while at the same time, educated them a bit on science and chemistry. Right at the same time I bought the Miami Vice season 1 boxed set, I couldn't resist getting MacGyver on DVD as well. It's just another series that was part of my childhood. Even though most of the experiments are bullsh*t, they're still fun to watch. In the first episode alone, you'll learn that: 1) chocolate bars can neutralize a sulfuric acid leak, and 2) MacGyver used cigarette smoke to see invisible laser beams before Solid Snake did. And until now, many other TV shows (not just The Simpsons) use MacGyver references on their storylines. As with most '80s action/adventure shows, MacGyver is pretty hokey and unrealistic. Episode 2 is a prime example, as MacGyver is in Burma and everyone's speaking in perfect English with fake Asian accents. Regardless of which, the series is great family entertainment. Hell, MacGyver's the reason I always have a Swiss knife in my pocket. Rating: B+ DVD Extras: F Six discs, 22 episodes, and nothing else to make the season 1 DVD boxed set more worthwhile. Links Official YouTube Channel MacGyver Online Reference The Internet Movie Database