Richard Dean Anderson
stars as the titular crime fighter as MacGyver
launches its sixth season. As in years past, MacGyver prefers to use brains and ingenuity rather than violence when vanquishing villains on behalf of the Phoenix Organization. And as before, Mac takes his orders from Phoenix's head of field operations, Peter Thornton, played by Dana Elcar
- an actor whose real-life battle with glaucoma is adroitly written into the scripts for the various first time this year. Elsewhere, Dick Butkus
makes his inaugural series appearance as Earl Dent, an ex-boxer (and ex-convict) pal of MacGyver who hopes to open his own restaurant - and who, like most of MacGyver's acquaintances, draws trouble to him like ants to a picnic. And in what has become a series tradition, Mac's perennial nemesis Murdoc (Michael Des Barres) returns for more mayhem, despite the fact that he has been "killed off" on innumerable past occasions.