The action-adventure romp MacGyver (1985–92) made a star out of Richard Dean Anderson and inspired a beloved Saturday Night Live parody. Now, almost 25 years later, the supremely resourceful secret agent is back with his trusty Swiss army knife and a dedicated group of allies to save the world one strip of duct tape and safety pin at a time.
Peter Lenkov, who successfully rebooted Hawaii Five-0, is at the helm, and Lucas Till (the X-Men franchise’s Havok) plays the new heroic tinkerer. “He’s not the son or the nephew of Angus MacGyver,” Lenkov says. “He is MacGyver.”
Fans of the franchise will find lots they’ll recognize. After a mission with his government agency goes tragically wrong, MacGyver creates the Phoenix Foundation, which sends the team around the world to protect U.S. interests. “There’s plenty of action,” says Lenkov, “but like the original, this is a show that means for you to sit back, smile and forget your troubles.”
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the MacGyver magic.
MacGyver, Series Premiere, Friday, September 23, 8/7c, CBS.