YMMV / MacGyver

  • Awesome Music: The main theme not only sounds, well, 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 James Bond Walking along before turning to shoot someone seem pretty damn lame by comparison.
  • Dry Docking: 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.
  • Ear Worm: The theme tune. Especially the eighties version. See Awesome Music.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Murdoc. No one ever wanted him to actually defeat MacGyver, but fans loved to see MacGyver's Indy Ploys go up against Murdoc's Crazy-Prepared schemes.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Rough play is necessary in hockey ("The Eraser").
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The episode "Black Rhino", seeing what's happened to them.
    • In "Gold Rush", the Colonel mentions (falsely) that, if he had things his way, he'd give the gold to the "Afghan freedom fighters". MacGyver was filmed during the Cold War. Osama bin Laden led those "Afghan Freedom Fighters". Now look at the world as it is today.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Any scene containing Richard Dean Anderson's future Stargate SG-1 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) 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 tried to fix a cap.
    Richard: "MacGyver my ass."
  • Ho Yay: Mac and Jack had their moments.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Moment of Awesome: The entire opening gambit of "The Gauntlet."
  • Narm: Mac's reaction to Booker's death.
  • Tear Jerker: Mike's death moments after MacGyver rejected her.
    • Subverted: Mike fell to her death during a mountain climbing expedition, and Mac's thrashing at the end of the rope as he tries to save her was rather callously added to the opening credits.
    • "The Kill Zone" has animals rapidly aging and dying due to a mysterious virus, and the scientist behind it accidentally contaminates herself and her dog with it, and Macgyver and Pete can only watch in horror as both rapidly age and die before their eyes.
    • 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: He used to be a Child Soldier 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. Not this time. He pulls a Taking You with Me 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.