MacGyver: Season 1 Reviews

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+
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 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
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
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 22, 2016
Till may get more of a workout than Minnesota's Richard Dean Anderson did in the original series, but he needs better dialogue if he wants audiences to keep running with him.
September 22, 2016
"Why, why, why, 'MacGyver' "? "Why, why, whyyyyyyy, 'MacGyver' "? The above should be sung to the tune of the Tom Jones hit "Delilah."
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September 22, 2016
Till's got charm and his on-screen bromance with Eads is one of the few elements that actually works. But patience and bromances won't save this. A smart, compelling, up-to-date rethinking just might.
Full Review | Original Score: D
September 22, 2016
MacWhatever. If, out of some uncontrollable nostalgic yearning, you've been longing for a remake of the 1980s series that inspired a handyman verb, you'll find the bare-bones outline in CBS's MacGyver.
September 21, 2016
The look is CSI contemporary-primtime slick; the ability to defeat bad guys with common household objects is pure old-school.
September 21, 2016
Watching MacGyver try to gadget his way out of a predicament just makes you think, "Isn't there an app for that?"
September 20, 2016
The show is rather flat overall.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 20, 2016
It's a well-made distraction.
September 19, 2016
There's no actor in the cast capable of providing the grit or grounding that the show needs for the flights of fancy to land.
September 19, 2016
George Eads does what he can to bring a bit of energy to the MacGyver spy crew, but it's a futile effort. MacGyver may know a lot about chemistry, but this unmemorable team has none.
September 19, 2016
A ho-hum revival that, despite its title character's signature skills, clearly has no intention of reinventing the wheel -- or much of anything else.