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It’s a mullet ... it’s a paper clip ... it’s MacGyver!

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Nearly two decades after the action-adventure series ended, "MacGyver" continues to inspire artists, writers, comedians and marketers--and to excite fans. (Photo courtesy of Paramount Home Entertainment.)

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Nearly two decades after the action-adventure series ended, "MacGyver" continues to inspire artists, writers, comedians and marketers--and to excite fans. (Photo courtesy of Paramount Home Entertainment.)

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The creation and success of "Saturday Night Live"'s "MacGruber" sketch are testament to MacGyver's unique powers over the human TV-watching species. (From hulu.com)

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While so many other once beloved 1980s television characters inspire only nostalgia, why does MacGyver live on? It’s simple: He was the kind of hero we not only wanted to be, but could be. We all like to think that if called upon, we can save the day with our own mental agility and some duct tape.


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