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The Best Episodes of MacGyver

Every episode of MacGyver ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of MacGyver!

20-something Angus MacGyver creates a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening.

Genres:DramaAction & Adventure
Network:CBS

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The best episode of "MacGyver" is "Father + Bride + Betrayal", rated 8.3/10 from 613 user votes. It was directed by Avi Youabian and written by N/A. "Father + Bride + Betrayal" aired on 2/1/2019 and is rated 0.2 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "War Room + Ship".

  • Father + Bride + Betrayal
    8.3/10 613 votes

    #1 - Father + Bride + Betrayal

    Season 3 Episode 14 - Aired 2019-02-01

    An international crime boss offers Matty a deal she can’t refuse – he’ll surrender himself into her custody if he’s allowed to return to the United States to watch his daughter walk down the aisle. MacGyver and team crash the wedding to ensure the crime lord doesn’t run, only to discover they’re not the only ones lying in wait at the event.

    Director: Avi Youabian

    Writer: N/A

  • War Room + Ship
    8.1/10 629 votes

    #2 - War Room + Ship

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2017-12-08

    When 32 college students are stranded on a research ship in the Arctic Ocean with no heat and erupting fires, Mac develops an emotional connection to the group leader, via video chat, as he relays how to stay alive as they await a rescue ship. Also, Jack kidnaps Elwood to find out what scam he’s up to next, and Bozer’s feelings toward Leanna grow stronger.

    Director: Tawnia McKiernan

    Writer: Brian Durkin, Andrew Karlsruher

  • Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO
    8.1/10 628 votes

    #3 - Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO

    Season 5 Episode 5 - Aired 2021-01-15

    Using a cryptic postcard as their only clue, Mac and the team must solve a fallen friend’s final case and bring him justice.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Mac + Jack
    8.0/10 613 votes

    #4 - Mac + Jack

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2018-01-05

    When Mac and Jack are trapped inside Mac's house, which his nemesis, The Ghost, has rigged with explosives, Mac uses a karaoke mic and an audio transformer to let the team know that this bomb is a distraction for a bigger one. Also, through flashbacks, Mac and Jack's contentious first meeting unfolds.

    Director: Ron Underwood

    Writer: N/A

  • Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc
    8.0/10 581 votes

    #5 - Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Aired 2018-11-02

    Murdoc abducts MacGyver’s girlfriend, Nasha, to force Mac to help him rescue his son, Cassian, from a kidnapper. Also, a dangerous individual from Murdoc’s personal life shows up, giving Mac a glimpse into the villain’s past.

    Director: Stephen Herek

    Writer: Craig S. O'Neill

  • Wilderness + Training + Survival
    8.0/10 560 votes

    #6 - Wilderness + Training + Survival

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 2019-01-18

    When MacGyver takes Riley and Bozer into the wilderness for a weekend of survival training, things take a turn when they run into a violent group of criminals who are searching the rugged backcountry for a lost crate of money. Also, Jack and Matty go on a road trip to place Matty’s ex-husband and his family in witness protection.

    Director: Brad Turner

    Writer: Andrew Klein, Josh Brown

  • Murdoc + Helman + Hit
    8.0/10 541 votes

    #7 - Murdoc + Helman + Hit

    Season 3 Episode 18 - Aired 2019-04-05

    When Nicholas Helman resurfaces to carry out a killing spree, the Phoenix is forced to get help from the one person who knows him best… his protégé, Murdoc.

    Director: Roderick Davis

    Writer: Lee David Zlotoff

  • Mason + Cable + Choices
    8.0/10 526 votes

    #8 - Mason + Cable + Choices

    Season 3 Episode 22 - Aired 2019-05-10

    MacGyver faces off with a cunning new adversary whose carefully crafted plans put Mac at the epicenter of an impossible choice: save the life of a friend, or save the lives of hundreds of innocents. Also, Mac receives new information that will drive a wedge between him and his father.

    Director: Maja Vrvilo

    Writer: Jim Adler

  • Father + Son + Father + Matriarch
    8.0/10 518 votes

    #9 - Father + Son + Father + Matriarch

    Season 4 Episode 8 - Aired 2020-04-03

    After Oversight is almost killed in a bombing, he recruits Mac to help him find the suspected bomber, Mason. However, when Mason reveals he didn’t plant the bomb, the three team up to track down Codex, the shadow organization that set them up. Also, Mac meets his aunt Gwendolyn.

    Director: David Straiton

    Writer: Travis Fickett

  • Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason
    8.0/10 617 votes

    #10 - Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason

    Season 5 Episode 4 - Aired 2021-01-08

    Mac's meeting with Desi's parents goes sideways when her brother finds himself in trouble and desperately needs their help. Also, Russ and Matty must ask an old nemesis for assistance when their new recruitment candidate is kidnapped.

    Director: Peter Weller

    Writer: Justin Lisson, Sophia Lopez

  • Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower
    8.0/10 612 votes

    #11 - Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower

    Season 5 Episode 10 - Aired 2021-03-05

    While on a mission to hunt down a Codex lead, Mac and the team discover Murdoc hacked their comms and has recorded them for months. Now, Mac and the team must stop Murdoc, who is working with Andrews, as they plot to kill thousands and reveal each Phoenix member’s most-guarded secrets.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Bullet + Pen
    7.9/10 606 votes

    #12 - Bullet + Pen

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2017-12-15

    The LAPD interrupts the team’s Christmas celebration to arrest Mac for terrorism when they find a body in a building destroyed by a bomb Mac built.

    Director: Carlos Bernard

    Writer: Marqui Jackson

  • Mardi Gras Beads + Chair
    7.9/10 579 votes

    #13 - Mardi Gras Beads + Chair

    Season 2 Episode 14 - Aired 2018-01-19

    When the team heads to New Orleans to track down the con artist who is posing as the wife of “Duke Jacoby,” one of Jack’s old CIA aliases, Jack finds himself in jeopardy when “Duke’s” old enemies resurface looking for revenge.

    Director: Michael Martinez

    Writer: N/A

  • Murdoc + Handcuffs
    7.9/10 583 votes

    #14 - Murdoc + Handcuffs

    Season 2 Episode 15 - Aired 2018-02-02

    After one of Murdoc's go-to assassins agrees to hand over Murdoc to MacGyver in exchange for $10 million, the team finds itself protecting Murdoc from his former mentor, Nicholas Helman, who wants him dead. Also, Jack realizes he may still have feelings for Riley's mother, Diane.

    Director: Stephen Herek

    Writer: Marqui Jackson

  • Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome
    7.9/10 577 votes

    #15 - Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2018-11-16

    MacGyver and the team set off on a dangerous capture operation after an Irish military intelligence officer approaches them claiming to know the whereabouts of “The Ghost,” a lethal bomb maker whom Mac has been hunting for years.

    Director: Lily Mariye

    Writer: Brian Durkin

  • Mac + Fallout + Jack
    7.9/10 550 votes

    #16 - Mac + Fallout + Jack

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 2019-01-04

    Mac and Jack hit the road for a weekend of relaxation in Las Vegas, but their mini-vacation is cut short when someone from their past abducts them and locks them in a concrete room. Also, Matty tasks Riley, Bozer and Leanna with stealing a diamond encoded with terrorist intel from a princess in Milan.

    Director: Carlos Bernard

    Writer: Jim Adler

  • Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241
    7.9/10 547 votes

    #17 - Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241

    Season 3 Episode 12 - Aired 2019-01-11

    The Phoenix teams up with a woman who’s a soccer mom by day but a master thief by night to catch one of her contacts, an underworld criminal, who has hired her to steal a dirty bomb.

    Director: Ron Underwood

    Writer: Brian Durkin

  • Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey
    7.9/10 516 votes

    #18 - Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey

    Season 4 Episode 7 - Aired 2020-03-27

    A double date descends into chaos when Mac and Desi witness a murder in the back of the restaurant, and as they work to find the killer, Riley tries to keep the secret about her and her friends’ “day jobs” from her new boyfriend, Aubrey.

    Director: Brad Turner

    Writer: Stephanie Hicks

  • Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis
    7.9/10 496 votes

    #19 - Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis

    Season 4 Episode 9 - Aired 2020-04-10

    While Mac’s friends surround him during his time of grief, Los Angeles’ power grid is taken hostage in a ransomware attack resulting in a citywide blackout, and the team discovers the code used was written by Riley years ago

    Director: Michael Martinez

    Writer: Brandon Botta, Casey Tollett Botta

  • Hammock + Balcony
    7.8/10 575 votes

    #20 - Hammock + Balcony

    Season 2 Episode 16 - Aired 2018-03-02

    MacGyver, Leanna, Riley and Bozer pose as honeymoon couples at a resort in order to gain information about a Serbian war criminal from his newly married son. Also, Bozer wonders if Matty knows about his relationship with Leanna, and Jack recruits Elwood to help him break into Matty’s home.

    Director: Eagle Egilsson

    Writer: Justin Lisson

  • UFO + Area 51
    7.8/10 537 votes

    #21 - UFO + Area 51

    Season 2 Episode 22 - Aired 2018-04-27

    Mac and Riley are attacked by a group of masked men after the government calls them in to examine a mysterious object that crash-landed in the Nevada desert. Also, Riley uncovers new information about Mac’s father but questions whether to deliver it to him after he says he needs to move on.

    Director: Ericson Core

    Writer: N/A

  • MacGyver + MacGyver
    7.8/10 578 votes

    #22 - MacGyver + MacGyver

    Season 2 Episode 23 - Aired 2018-05-04

    MacGyver gets a shocking surprise when he tries to tell Matty that he’s quitting the Phoenix Foundation.

    Director: Stephen Herek

    Writer: David Slack, Craig S. O'Neill

  • Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship
    7.8/10 594 votes

    #23 - Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 2018-10-05

    When Jack receives an emergency distress signal from one of his old Delta buddies who is falsely accused of terrorism in a foreign country, MacGyver and Jack quickly recruit the rest of Jack’s old Delta team and stage an unsanctioned rescue op.

    Director: Duane Clark

    Writer: Brian Durkin

  • Bozer + Booze + Back to School
    7.8/10 572 votes

    #24 - Bozer + Booze + Back to School

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 2018-10-12

    MacGyver, Riley, Bozer and Leanna go undercover on a college campus to smoke out a deep-cover operative who is recruiting students to carry out deadly attacks around the world. Also, Jack joins bounty hunter Billy Colton in the hunt for a bail jumper but is concerned when he finds out Billy offered Riley a job.

    Director: Tessa Blake

    Writer: Nancy Kiu

  • Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak
    7.8/10 537 votes

    #25 - Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2018-11-30

    When a vial containing a deadly virus is stolen from the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, MacGvyer and team race to recover it before the thief unleashes a global pandemic.

    Director: Michael Martinez

    Writer: Lindsey Allen