This is a collection of stories submitted by fans about how MacGyver, whether the original show or the reboot, has inspired them. Thanks to the #SaveMacGyver team for collecting them during our 2021 MacGyver Takeover event! We are still sifting through submissions and will be adding more of your stories throughout the year.
“Seeing the MacGyver team overcome so much and still have hope that they can do more. Be more. I never saw their skin color. I saw people that gave me hope. MacGyver is more than a show. It has given me the strength to keep going when my bipolar or anxiety gets too bad. And it has been the push I needed to do better, lose more weight. I am down 30 kg. (about 68 lbs). From them I have learned it is okay to not be okay and ask for help.”
“My Dad introduced me to the original MacGyver when I was young. And to me, my Dad is the MacGyver in my life — able to fix anything or make anything happen with what is around him. He even carries a Swiss Army Knife! (Now I do too!) I thought the new MacGyver couldn’t be as good as the original and I’m so happy I was wrong. I love both shows so much and they have inspired me endlessly to learn, discover and create.”
“MacGyver made me want to try harder in school. COVID took my motivation to do work, I was failing most of my classes when I’m usually a straight-A student. I started watching only a month or two before the show ended but seeing how brave, honorable, and SMART everyone on the show was, really motivated me. It recharged me. And because of MacGyver I passed all my classes.”
- Haley (from South Africa)
“I am an Accountant by academic qualification, but I now fix trucks for a living…the original show taught me problem solving and thinking outside the box.”