#1: All the gadgets improvised and built by "MacGyver" on the show were based on real inventions by actual scientists but were altered slightly so the younger audience members would not be able to emulate what Richard Dean Anderson built on the show...
#2: The American television series MacGyver ran for seven seasons and a total of 139 episodes, as well as two TV movies were shot from 1985 to 1992.
#3:From 1989 until 1991, Cuba Gooding Jr., who would go on to win an Academy Award in 1997, had a recurring role in MacGyver.
#4:The actor standing next to Richard Dean Anderson in this picture is Richard Lawson, who is the stepfather of the R&B superstar Beyoncé - he married her mother, Tina Knowles, in 2015!
#5:Over the years, there was a lot of speculation about "MacGyver's" past and also his first name! The fans had to wait until the seventh and final season to find out that his name is "Angus MacGyver"!
#6:The first ever MacGyver episode aired on ABC on September 29th in 1985. After a slow start in its first season, MacGyver became a sleeper hit for ABC in its second season and went on to be the lead-in for the network's Monday Night Football for six years!
#7:Aside from his role on the wildly successful MacGyver, Richard Dean Anderson also had the lead role in Stargate SG-1 as "Jack O'Neill" for 214 episodes from 1997 to 2007.
#8:There is actually a MacGyver reboot happening on CBS since 2016. The role of "Angus MacGyver" is played by the young Lucas Till.
#9:According to the producers, Richard Dean Anderson got the role of "MacGyver" because he brought a certain humanity to the role - and also because he didn't mind wearing glasses in the audition!
#10:After she acted alongside Richard Dean Anderson in MacGyver, the actress Darlanne Fluegel appeared in movies such as Pet Sematary II in 1992....
#11:"Angus MacGyver" almost never used a handgun when he investigated on the show - because he has a profound aversion to firearms!
#12:Aside from her role in MacGyver, Joan Chen also appeared on a number of popular TV shows from the eighties, including hits like Knight Rider and Miami Vice.
#13:The creators of the show had originally planned for "MacGyver" to have a different first name. If they hadn't had a change of heart, we would probably be talking about "Stacey" instead of "Angus MacGyvver"!
#14:After she appeared in MacGyver as "Nicole Anne 'Nikki' Carpenter" in 1987 and 1988, Elyssa Davalos also featured in Doogie Howser, Matlock, Diagnosis: Murder and Touched by an Angel. FYI: Her daughter Alexa is also an actress and plays the lead role on the Amazon original series The Man in the High Castle.
#15:The very last episode of MacGyver aired in 1992. But that was not the end for the franchise. Two TV movies (90 minutes each) were produced in the following years and they both aired in 1994. Lost Treasure of Atlantis and Trail to Doomsday were both shown on ABC.