%%* {{Anvilicious}}: "The Golden Triangle", "To Be A Man"
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The main theme not only sounds, well, ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Awesome]]'', but it also sums the show up about as perfectly as any lyricless tune possibly could. The subdued electronic intro is accompanied by scenes of someone fiddling with gizmos and sciency stuff, segueing in to a shot of a bomb timer counting down as the volume rises, before the show title literally explodes on to the screen and the main theme begins to accompany a montage of thrilling action shots. Wow! Makes Film/JamesBond Walking along before turning to shoot someone seem pretty damn lame by comparison.
* DryDocking: Nikki Carpenter was introduced as a possible love interest for Mac. However, the producers soon discovered that female fans did not want Mac to be permanently attached and Nikki was quietly {{Put on a Bus}}.
* EarWorm: The theme tune. Especially [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCkkWewbqtw the eighties version]]. See SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic.
* EnsembleDarkHorse: Murdoc. No one ever wanted him to actually ''defeat'' [=MacGyver=], but fans loved to see [=MacGyver=]'s {{Indy Ploy}}s go up against Murdoc's CrazyPrepared schemes.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: Rough play is necessary in hockey ("The Eraser").
* HarsherInHindsight: The episode "Black Rhino", seeing what's happened to them.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Any scene containing Richard Dean Anderson's future ''Series/StargateSG1'' co-stars, especially the one where he throws Christopher Judge on the ground. Doubly funny when his character guesses a gadget is a "Martian toothbrush."
** Dr. Zito (W. Morgan Sheppard) [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut helping someone set up a mock Viking funeral]].
** As seen in the page quote, the first [=MacGyver=] joke is actually in the show's own first episode.
** [=MacGyver=] is all about fixing things, no matter what. His actor, Richard Dean Anderson wasn't as lucky when he [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mo04fCy8qMk tried to fix a cap]].
--> '''Richard''': "[=MacGyver=] my ass."
* HoYay: Mac and Jack had their moments.
* MemeticMutation:
** Murdoc's yell of "MACGYVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!" whenever he is defeated.
** [=MacGyver=] was a popular subject of parody on Website/{{YTMND}}, blowing [[MacGyvering his contraptions]] to [[ExaggeratedTrope ridiculous proportions.]]
* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: The entire opening gambit of "The Gauntlet."
* {{Narm}}: Mac's reaction to [[spoiler:Booker]]'s death.
* TearJerker: [[spoiler:Mike's]] death moments after [=MacGyver=] rejected her.
** Subverted: [[spoiler:Mike]] fell to [[spoiler:her]] death during a mountain climbing expedition, and Mac's thrashing at the end of the rope as he tries to save [[spoiler:her]] was rather callously added to the opening credits.
** The episode "Humanity" is full of them. The plot revolves around Mac saving the life of an enemy soldier and trying to turn him to good. The soldier's backstory is horrifying: [[spoiler: He used to be a ChildSoldier under a cruel dictator. During training, he made friends with another boy, only for his commander to force him to kill the other boy. And then there's the ending. Normally, you'd expect the episode to end with the soldier escaping to the US and living happily. [[HopeSpot Not this time.]] He pulls a TakingYouWithMe against his evil commander, blowing them both up with a grenade. At the end all Mac can do is sadly honor the man for his selflessness.]] It's arguably one of the most depressing episodes of the entire show.