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The series revolved around Angus MacGyver (known to his friends as MacGyver or "Mac") who favors brain over brawn in order to solve desperate problems. MacGyver's main asset is his practical application of scientific knowledge and inventive use of common items—along with his ever-present Swiss Army knife and duct tape. The clever solutions MacGyver implemented to seemingly intractable problems—often in life-or-death situations requiring him to improvise complex devices in a matter of minutes—were a major attraction of the show, which was praised for generating interest in the applied sciences, and particularly engineering, as well as providing entertaining story lines.

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This Movie is inspired by MacGyver
The SNL-based MacGruber file is a parody of MacGyver.
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Half Baked

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One of the types of smokers is the MacGyver. This type of person can make a bong out of anything.
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This Movie refers to MacGyver
Jay tells Brody and T.S. that Silent Bob is better than MacGyver because he's an electrical genius, who won the science fair in eigth grade, turning his mom's vibrator into a CD player.

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Raising Hope:
Season:  3  / Episode:  7 
Candy Wars

This Television Episode refers to MacGyver
In a flashback, Barney declares Rosa the winner of the candy contest. Virginia brings two brown bags full of money, telling Barney, "I've got this in the bag. Or should I say bags.". She says that was Burt's line, but he got it from an episode of 'MacGyver'.

Family Guy:
Season:  1  / Episode:  7 
Portrait of a Dog

This Television Episode refers to MacGyver
Peter writes a letter to MacGyver: "Dear MacGyver, Enclosed is a rubber band, a paper clip, and a drinking straw. Please save my dog."

Modern Family:
Season:  2  / Episode:  23 
See You Next Fall

This Television Episode refers to MacGyver
It's time to leave for Alex's graduation ceremony, but the gate at Jay and Gloria's house is stuck, and won't open. Cameron says he can fix it, but he needs two paper clips and some ribbon. Jay asks Cameron, "What's the plan 'MacGyver'?".

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