MacGyver

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

6
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 29, 1985 on ABC
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8.8
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  • A Fantastic Start to a Classic Series

    9.6
    MacGyver got off to a rollicking start on September 29, 1985, low ratings notwithstanding. The series was a standout among the many well-produced shows of the mid-1980s, as the opening scene on the giant rock face proved a few seconds into the broadcast. The superb quality of the production was evident throughout the hour. High adventure and narrow escapes ensued throughout the pilot episode with an elaborate plot (a total "MacGyver" original) that would set the stage for what was to come in this underrated series. The weak point, as was the case in many of the early episodes of the first season, was the acting. Even by the standards of the mid-1980's, the acting on those early MacGyver episodes was cringeworthy, including the acting of Richard Dean Anderson himself. If not for the dreadful acting, this episode might have been a perfect 10.
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