I found it odd that several episodes started with MacGyver already on a mission. He often narrated a story from his childhood and how it relating to his current situation. Yet MacGyver was always able to resolve the situation quickly, and then, the main story. This show has been spoofed successfully on SNL.

Here is part of the episode where MacGyver diffuses a bomb at the last second using a paperclip.

The show ran on ABC from 1985 to 1992.

Here's an example of the SNL spoof we mentioned.