Season 1 Episode 10

Target MacGyver

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 22, 1985 on ABC

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  • The first episode featuring some great acting.

    The last new episode to air on Sunday before MacGyver moved to Wednesday in January 1986, "Target MacGyver" holds up well even though it wasn't one of my favorites originally. The weak opening gambit takes a little bit away from the hour, fairly or unfairly, but the main storyline plays out well, despite the narrative inconsistencies that would eventually emerge (does Harry live in the mountains of Colorado which are curiously snow-free in the middle of December? or does he live on a farm in Minnesota?) and the ridiculously awful one-dimensional hitman Axminster. First-rate MacGyver escapes flow at fever pitch throughout the hour and the strained relationship between MacGyver and his grandfather plays out wonderfully with the help of John Anderson's excellent acting skills, which stand out as the best acting in the first season. This wasn't my favorite episode of season one, but it's star has risen significantly since my initial viewing.