Premiered: September 29, 1985, on ABC
Premise: The popular adventures of a resourceful former Special Forces operative, who undertakes impossible missions at the behest of a crimefighting think tank called the Phoenix Foundation. MacGyver usually avoids direct combat by resorting to his ingenuity and an ability to creatively utilize everyday objects (like paper clips). The hero's first name---Angus---was finally revealed in a 1991 episode. Among MacGyver's many fans: the lovelorn Patty and Selma on `The Simpsons.'