MacGyver International

Did you know that the MacGyver television show has been syndicated in over seventy different markets worldwide? Or that it was huge in Norway, Chile and Tunisia? Or that every pocketknife in Korea is called a ‘MacGyver’? Yeah, we didn’t think so.

Well here’s your chance to learn all that—and more—as we invite people from every nationality and region to tell us when, where and how MacGyver hit their culture, how it affected them, and what he means to their corner of the globe today.

So if MacGyver ever flickered across your TV set in Egypt, Nigeria or Australia, Holland, Hungary or China—and you can get yourselves to the internet—we want to hear from you!

Because we know that MacGyver is one thing just about everyone can agree on…

  • In Argentina, the show was shown on Canal 13.
  • In Australia, the show was shown on the Seven Network.
  • In Austria, the show was shown on ORF1.
  • In Bangladesh, the show was shown on Bangladesh Television and Ekushey Television.
  • In Belgium, the show was shown on VTM (Dutch-subtitled), Kanaal2 (Dutch-subtitled) and RTL TVI (French-dubbed)
  • In Brazil, the show was shown on TV Globo with the title “Profissão: Perigo!” (in English, “Occupation: Danger!“). The original opening and closing themes was replaced by Rush’s song “Tom Sawyer“.
  • In Colombia, the show was originally premiered way back in 1.986 by RCN when they were a licenseer of the Public Television system. After many repetitions all over the years, was one of the flagship shows of RCN when they became a TV network in 1.998. Then, the show was shown on Telecaribe and currently is shown on the Bogota local network CityTV.
  • In Costa Rica, the show was shown on Channel 6 and now appears on channel 11 at 7:00 p.m. The show is so popular that it became used until today to call “MacGyver” to a person very skilled technically.
  • In the Czech Republic, the show was shown on TV Nova and TV Prima.
  • In Denmark, the show was shown on TV Danmark.
  • In Dominican Republic, the show was shown on Canal 11 (Telesistema)
  • In Egypt, the show was shown several times on the program “Ekhtarna Lek” (What we chose for you) on Egyptian Channel 1 as the show received a huge fanbase in Egypt. The show also aired on Channel 2.
  • In El Salvador, the show was shown in TV2. On the final season presentation (a year later than in the USA, due to Spanish dubbing), erroneously the operators showed the last episode almost at the start. This caused lack of interest from the public in the remaining episodes and seriously affected the rating from a series that was, to that date, very popular. The programming director was fired.
  • In Finland, the show was shown on MTV3 and has been rerun on SubTV.
  • In France, the show was shown on TF1 and later on TV Breizh.
  • In Germany, the show was shown on Pro7, Sat.1, Kabel1 and Premiere Series.
  • In Greece, the show was shown on ERT and ANT1.
  • In Hungary the show was shown in MTV2 and TV2 in the late 90th years.
  • In India, the show was shown on Star World and Fox Crime.
  • In Indonesia, the show was shown on RCTI.
  • In Ireland, the show was shown on RTE Network 2.
  • In Israel the show was shown on Channel 1 of the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA).
  • In Italy, the show was shown on Italia1 and Rete4.
  • In Japan, the show was shown on JCTV.
  • In Malaysia, the show was shown on TV3.
  • In Mexico, the show was aired on Canal 5, Televisa.
  • In Mozambique, the show was shown on TVM.
  • In New Zealand on TV2 and later Prime.
  • In Norway, the show has been shown in several reruns on TV 2, still running.
  • In the Philippines, the show was shown on RPN 9.
  • In Poland, the show was shown on TVP 1, Polonia 1 and Polsat.
  • In Portugal, the show was shown on RTP 1 and SIC Radical.
  • In Romania, the show was shown on Antena 1.
  • In Russia, the show was shown on TNT.
  • In Saudi Arabia, the show was shown on Saudi TV Channel 2.
  • In Singapore, the show was shown on then TCS’ Channel 5, and then on the short-lived Channel i, which ran reruns until it was dissolved in 2005.
  • In Slovakia, the show was shown on STV, Markiza, JOJ. Currently it is running on JOJ.
  • In Slovenia, the show was shown on Kanal A.
  • In South Africa, the show was shown on SABC
  • In South Korea, the show was shown on MBC.
  • In Spain, the show was shown on TVE, Telecinco, Calle 13 and Antena 3.
  • In Sri Lanka, the show was shown on Rupavahini.
  • In Sweden, the show was shown first run on SVT and is currently syndicated on Kanal 5.
  • In Switzerland, the show was shown on TSR, in French
  • In Taiwan, the show was shown on TTV.
  • In Thailand, the show was shown on Channel 3.
  • In Trinidad & Tobago, the show was shown on TTT, Friday nights at 8:00 pm.
  • In Turkey, the show was shown on Star TV, TRT 1 and TNT
  • In United Kingdom, the first two series were initially shown early Saturday evening on ITV1 in the late 1980s, with repeats sometimes on Bravo.
  • In Uruguay, the show was shown on Canal 12 (La Tele).
  • In Venezuela, the show was shown on RCTV.
  • In Zambia, the show was shown on ZNBC.
  • In Zimbabwe, the show was shown on ZBC TV 1.

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4 thoughts on “MacGyver International

  1. Greetings from India. I am a 40 years old IT professional. I grew up watching the fabulous Macgyver episodes….though it was not directly shown in Indian Television, we used to watch it through Bangladesh Television in mid ’80s. There was a group of my friends who used to watch the same…we used to carry “Phoenix Foundation” logo in our T-shirts and proud to be a Macgyver fan…Cudos to Lee, Richard, John and all the team members to make this a success.

    I follow macgyver theory in every difficult situation I face and trust me it helps me a lot in my life. After a long time I re-discovered Macgyver by collecting the four seasons of Macgyver which I frequently watch at my home, even my 7 years old son is fond of Macgyver.

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  2. In New Zealand MacGyver started airing on TV2 at 7:30pm every Saturday night back in 1985 and quickly became the channels Saturday night cornerstone show, holding the 7:30 slot for it’s entire 7 year run. During that time the show became a Monday morning talking point with kids around the country discussing and playing MacGyver in the playgrounds during recess and lunchtimes.

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  3. I was a fan if the show when it was on; have the series and TV movies on DVD and now live in Vancouver and can recognize many of the locations where episodes were shot. I did not realize how universal the show was or how common the verb phrase “to MacGyver, ” until as an English and English as a Second Language instructor I realized almost every student I have had knows MacGyver. One student from Switzerland even had a Tshirt I coveted. Great show. The character is universally admired.

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