MacGyver: Season 1 Reviews

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January 25, 2019
Some of us won't be able to watch "MacGyver" without feeling like we're getting a lobotomy with an unwound paper clip; others will be delighted by this energetic, easygoing update.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 20, 2017
The superficial, seemingly lazy nature of this MacGyver reboot rules it out quickly when there are so many other series coming out that offer so much more. Honestly, just go watch MacGruber instead.
October 4, 2016
Cheerfully dumb throwback has science, heaps of violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 30, 2016
The concept of the show works better than the execution but there's still a lot to like here in this inventive procedural.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4
September 29, 2016
If you turn off your brain, this isn't the worst way you can spend an hour. But it's not a particularly good show.
September 27, 2016
Nothing fresh or compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
September 26, 2016
MacGyver isn't going to set prime time on fire. But it's watchable enough, and it seems like a good Friday night fit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 26, 2016
This is a series that doesn't seem as interested in what MacGyver can do, but that his skills really impress the people around him. It's just too bad that most of the time, what he does has been seen in any spy movie made in the last 20 years or so.
September 26, 2016
Perhaps new MacGyver's biggest failing is that it is so generic, with nothing to distinguish it from the other two dozen action crime series on air, other than a passing resemblance to a beloved series from the 1980s.
September 23, 2016
The new MacGyver is an ill-conceived, sterile reimagining of a series that is such a product of its time that it shouldn't have been updated in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
September 23, 2016
Even though decades have passed, MacGyver is still good, clean fun, especially for those staying up late on a non-school night.
September 23, 2016
If I were 10 years old, I'd probably love the new version of MacGyver.... As I am not 10 years old, alas, I have to say that the MacGyver reboot is that rare thing: a likable bore.
September 23, 2016
CBS has owned Friday nights in recent years with a lineup of scripted originals that includes Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods. This reboot looks to be a pleasant way to start the lineup and the weekend.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 23, 2016
CBS must have reasoned that the new version would have to be bigger and flashier. This reboot accomplishes that, but in doing so, loses the whole point of MacGyver in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 23, 2016
This one thinks borrowing the names and rushing through the wizardry is enough to bring back the warm fuzzies of that time Richard Dean Anderson's MacGyver made a defibrillator using nothing but candlesticks, a microphone cord... It's not hat easy.
Full Review | Original Score: D
September 23, 2016
Yes, MacGyver still creates contraptions out of household products, and the show uses a theme song reminiscent of the music from the original series, but it never feels like a worthwhile reinvention, just a blah carbon copy.
September 23, 2016
It looks cheap (even though CBS decided to scrap the entire original pilot and make a new one), the action sequences are rote, the dialogue is mostly generic, and the characters are all one-dimensional.
Full Review | Original Score: D
September 23, 2016
It is trying very, very hard to fit in. It has the right elements; what it hasn't yet quite figured out yet, though, is how to combine them into something that will be truly explosive.
September 23, 2016
The resultant explosions look cheap and the cliche-pocked script keeps self-destructing.
Full Review | Original Score: D
September 23, 2016
CBS's plodding, pallid reboot of MacGyver, with the durable character reimagined as a resourceful young hunk.
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