Season 1 Episode 5

The Heist

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 03, 1985 on ABC

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  • Despite its flaws, this episode holds up as a MacGyver classic.

    There was a February 1985 episode of "The A-Team" with an uncomfortably close story as this November 1985 MacGyver episode, but "The Heist" nonetheless stands up as a classic early MacGyver worthy of the series rising fortunes. This was the first episode where MacGyver proved it could be a contender in the tough Sunday night time slot against "Murder, She Wrote" and "Amazing Stories" (both in the top-20 at the time) by scoring a 14.3 rating, impressively higher than the 10.9, 12.2, and 13.0 it had scored in the previous Sunday installments. Substantively, this episode features an overabundance of hammy acting that takes away from the fun, but the fun was so constant that it was hard not to enjoy the craziness that transpired. Perhaps this isn't the best MacGyver episode to introduce a newcomer to the series to 20 years later, but I still hold it in high regard for its creativity and energy.