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By Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

80s action hero relies on smarts, not violence.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 11+

Good family show but... no warning about the kissing

The other reviews are accurate and my kids (11 and 9) really enjoyed the first show. Only surprise (since the rating for "sex" was none) was that there were a couple of scenes where Macgyver and the female character kiss. Not too passionate, but still would have liked to know that before choosing to share with kiddos.
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age 10+

emphasizes creativity

Violence is rare on this show. That is a rarity for an action show. MacGyver shows how common everyday items can be used to do something extraordinary, such as getting out of danger. He is quite smart and clever to think about such things. That he chooses such nonviolent means to solve his problems sends a good message. The only word of caution for families with young children is that some of these "inventions" won't work in real life.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (10 ):

While this series does have moments of violence (explosions, crashes, etc.), they're usually the by-product of MacGyver's resourcefulness and aren't gratuitous or used as a means to an end. Although some viewers who prefer today's higher-quality productions or like their dramas more action-packed might be bored, thanks to its discussion-worthy situations and lack of brutality, MacGyver is perfect fare for a family that wants to enjoy a night together in front of the tube.

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