TV review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
MacGyver Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 13+

Cheerfully dumb throwback has science, heaps of violence.

CBS Drama 2016

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 6 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 10+


The acting is completely devoid of any level of skill. Example: They are guiding a teammate via video chat on how to open a crate that has a nuclear bomb in it. The enemies storm in the room, subdue their female teammate, and kill her while they watch. Their reaction is a very mellow “Ugh, now they have a nuclear bomb” Then they move forward without another word about her and discuss their next plans. People get shot all the time without a trace of blood. Shots sound effects sound like muffled cap guns. Most of the “on the spot” inventions are very inaccurate. The sad thing is, I really tried to get into this, and this review is me holding back. I’ll just sum it up with this: I’m very OCD in the way that when I start a series, I end up finishing it whether I like it or not. This may be one of only 3-4 times in my whole life that I’m stopping before finishing it, and this time it’s not even halfway into the first season.
age 11+

Clean show for families

The new Macgyver is a fun action show that pays tribute to the original, but stands on its own. The first two seasons are a lot of fun as you watch the adventures Macgyver and Jack Dalton go on and the messes they get themselves into. The third season was decent. After Jack leaves, the show started to lose momentum. However, I just finished the fourth season and the story has picked back up and I feel that they are bringing it back to the pace they had in the beginning. There is a lot of action that may frighten younger viewers, but the language is almost non-existent. I actually can't recall any language off hand is how minimum it is. I know a lot of people have a hard time with all the reboots, but it is fun to see some of these shows come back. Their originals were good, clean, and fun. So are these. So if you are looking for something that is fun for the family and offers action, laughs, and heart. Macgyver is for you.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

TV Details

Our Editors Recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate