MacGyver is an American action/adventure television series created by Lee David Zlotoff and executively produced by Henry Winkler and John Rich that aired on ABC. Seven seasons were produced, all of which were broadcast by American Broadcasting Company Network (ABC) in the United States and various other networks abroad from 1985 to 1992. The series was filmed in Los Angeles during Seasons 1, 2 and 7, and in Vancouver, Canada from Seasons 3-6. The show's final episode aired on April 25, 1992 on ABC.
The story arc of MacGyver follows the laid-back, extremely resourceful secret agent Angus MacGyver, played by Richard Dean Anderson. He prefers non-violent conflict resolution wherever possible and refuses to carry or use a gun. MacGyver works as a problem solver for the fictional Phoenix Foundation in Los Angeles. Educated as a scientist and with a background from a fictional United States government agency, the Department of External Services (DXS), he is used as a resourceful agent able to solve a range of problems along with his ever-present Swiss army knife.
The series was a ratings success for ABC and was particularly popular in the United States, Europe and Australia. The series received much critical response, and MacGyver was honoured with numerous awards and award nominations in its seven-season run. Two television movies, entitled MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis and MacGyver: Trail to Doomsday, aired on ABC in 1994. While never released, a spin off entitled Young MacGyver was planned in 2003. A live-action feature film is planned with a release date yet to be announced. Merchandise for the MacGyver franchise includes games and toys, print media and an original audio series.