34 responses to “The Outsiders”: The Amish on MacGyver
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    Comment on :) (August 8th, 2014 at 06:16)


    I remember McGyver but I didnt watch TV then either… I rarely sit down to watch the tube..
    I loved the movie Witness.. It was one of my favorite movies for a long time.. I’ll have to get a copy & watch it again.. its been too long since I’ve seen it.. 🙂 Thanks for the reminder.

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    Jessica M.
    Comment on “The Outsiders”: The Amish on MacGyver (August 8th, 2014 at 07:08)

    I used to love MacGyver, but I don’t remember that episode at all. I will have to check it out.

    There is an Amish Murder, She Wrote episode. The plot is that Jessica Fletcher decides to go with her publisher to Amish country to buy a quilt. Their car gets run off the road by a high speed buggy. Jessica finds an Amish man to help pull their car out of the ditch, and discovers that her publisher was raised Amish and had been shunned by the community. While on a walk, Jessica finds an Amish man who had been murdered and she decides to solve the case. It’s not very authentic Amish, but I like the Amish culture so the bonnets and buggies are eye candy for me. 😉

    There is also a more recent episode of the 90s cartoon Arthur in which Buster the rabbit and his dad go visit Amish country. 🙂

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    Mary Miller
    Comment on “The Outsiders”: The Amish on MacGyver (August 8th, 2014 at 07:22)

    I also loved MacGyver! I will have to take the time soon to watch this episode. I don’t remember seeing it.

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      Comment on “The Outsiders”: The Amish on MacGyver (August 8th, 2014 at 14:51)

      I was surprised to see it, but then again given the popularity of Witness and interest in the Amish it makes sense.

      I believe that Jan Rubes, who played an older Amishman in Witness, is also the patriarch in this episode.

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    Tina Kegley
    Comment on loved MacGyver! (August 8th, 2014 at 08:19)

    loved MacGyver!

    It was one of my favorite shows. No tv now- nothing worth watching. Haven’t seen Witness, will check it out. There is a movie of the Amish based on the true story of the slaughtering of the precious Amish children at their school. Can’t remember the name just now.

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      Comment on Witness (August 8th, 2014 at 14:54)


      Witness does have some nudity and language as Ann notes below. It was well-reviewed and certainly financially successful. I met an Amishman in Lancaster once who’d seen the film, and I doubt he was the only one 🙂 .

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      Comment on “The Outsiders”: The Amish on MacGyver (August 14th, 2014 at 12:34)

      Yes, the movie you’re thinking about is titled “Amish Grace”, production year 2010. The movie is about the 2006 Nickel Mines tragedy with the Amish school shooting.


      God bless!
      Marcus, Sweden

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    Comment on TV in the 80s and 90s (August 8th, 2014 at 08:36)

    TV in the 80s and 90s

    I wasn’t a big fan of Angela Lansbury’s “Murder She Wrote” as a kid in the late 1980s and very early 1990s, but, there is always exceptions, one of them being the series’ Amish Episode. The one where she and the stern but reliable young publishing company employee assigned to escort her through rural Pennsylvania is involved in an accident involving an Amish buggy going a might too fast. Turns out, we eventually find, the young publishing company man is a shunned Amish and they are smack in his old backyard and amongst his family, friends and congregation. There is a murder and being a former Amish the young man is blamed, the police are called but they are incompetent (and the Amish are unwilling to co-operate and understandably are unwilling to bring murder and crime to their home), and the authoress must solve the case. She does, the banned man is proven innocent of the murder, and its hinted that his “crimes” against the community might easily be forgiven if he forgives himself, since the main instigator of the bann in this case was the heavy handed church elder who was the murder victim.
    It was certainly a different setting for an episode, certainly different than exotic places globally or within the USA (they even did a couple of Canadian episodes).
    I’m sure you can find it, somehow I think the episode was called “Murder, Plain and Simple” or something. Its funny because they even have the lead playing tourist while discovering the back story as to the motive for the crime.

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    Comment on “The Outsiders”: The Amish on MacGyver (August 8th, 2014 at 09:38)

    There was an ER episode with one of the plots being that a teenage couple was in the ER (following a car accident? Don’t remember) They say they have no phone etc to contact their parents…turns out they are Amish on Rumspringe.

    Later the parents come, in full black bonnets/shawls…

    (Don’t want to spoil too much of the plot)


    Not a TV show, but a made for TV movie in the 80s or 90s about an Amish community whose barns are getting burned down. Stars Patty Duke as Amish lady. A detective comes and lives with them to solve the mystery. Not bad, considering it was before the mainstream Amish boom came around. I think it’s on Youtube.


    I really like the plot of Witness but want to warn the conservatives- there is a nudity scene, and lots of bad language (mostly towards the end).


    I think I’d like to find that Murder she wrote!

    This was a fun one!

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    Robin Wyatt
    Comment on MacGyver (August 8th, 2014 at 09:57)


    I love tv always have. It is one of my escapes. MacGyver is on the cloo channel on Tuesdays I think. I still watch it. And for Murder She Wrote, it is on the Hallmark Channel in the Mornings. I dislike most reality shows. But still enjoy tv a lot.

    Robin Wyatt

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    Comment on “The Outsiders”: The Amish on MacGyver (August 8th, 2014 at 10:12)

    Bones did an Amish themed episode ” The Plain In The Prodigy ” season 5 .

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    Comment on MacGyver (August 8th, 2014 at 10:23)


    I loved MacGyver! And I remember that episode very well. Another show that had an “Amish episode” was Judging Amy–the episode was called “Rumspringa.” Not very accurate, as I recall, but I did like the show a lot. I also remember the Patty Duke movie – “Harvest of Fire,” I think it was.

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      Comment on Macgyver as a verb (August 8th, 2014 at 14:59)

      Macgyver as a verb

      I think a lot of people remember MacGyver, he was really one of the 80s pop culture icons. “Macgyver” even became a verb due to his proficiency in always coming up with clever ways to get out of tough situations, as in “I macgyvered a new door handle with a pair of pliers after the other one broke”.

      Sometimes his solutions got a bit absurd…the character lent well to parody.

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    Comment on Not in Canada? (August 8th, 2014 at 14:48)

    Not in Canada?

    Bummer, I can’t watch this video in Canada.

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      Comment on “The Outsiders”: The Amish on MacGyver (August 8th, 2014 at 14:59)

      Uh oh…don’t tell me MacGyver’s banned in Canada?! :O

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        Comment on No Amish, No Macgyver (August 8th, 2014 at 18:22)

        No Amish, No Macgyver

        The youtube uploader has restricted the video in Canada. Too bad. I love Amish. I love Macgyver. A nice combo.

        Today I was thinking how nice it would be if 20-30 Amish families moved up into the valley where I live. Its a good climate for growing stuff. Please, Amish, come to Slocan Valley, BC:)

        Macgyver is welcome too.

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    Comment on “The Outsiders”: The Amish on MacGyver (August 8th, 2014 at 16:41)

    What? MacGyver practically *was* Canadian! The mullet; the love of hockey; the hatred for handguns.

    In all seriousness, I love this show, and the episode where the viewer finds out why MacGyver doesn’t use handguns is just devastating. Excited to see this episode and relive my childhood.

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      Comment on “The Outsiders”: The Amish on MacGyver (August 9th, 2014 at 20:21)

      Richard Dean Anderson’s last major series was filmed almost exclusively in Canada (British Columbia) even though it is set in the USA. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if his “Stargate SG-1” is credited as a huge lead in a big upswing in the Canadian film and television industry between lets say 1997 and the present.

      [the company that made SG1 and its spin off series is Canadian and seems to thrive up here]

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    Dali Castillo
    Comment on MacGyver Memories (August 9th, 2014 at 09:55)

    MacGyver Memories

    Definitely remember MacGyver. It was one of the few shows I watched faithfully always in awe of how he could create something out of nothing and how he never used a gun. And who can’t remember his “cool factor.” Always cool and calm. I didn’t recall an episode with the Amish, though.
    Thanks for including the link to the episode, Erik! I’ll be watching it for sure.

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    W.K. Turner
    Comment on “The Outsiders”: The Amish on MacGyver (August 10th, 2014 at 09:32)

    I think you are saying…..if you have seen this plot before it probably means you will see it again every other TV/Movie season for the rest of your life! I continue to be amazed that with over 200 channels on our cable, there is NOTHING to watch!

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    Comment on “The Outsiders”: The Amish on MacGyver (August 10th, 2014 at 09:41)

    Thanks so much for posting link to episode. I am always looking for new things to watch in regards to the Amish. Ironically, I just added the Shunning(which I have watched numerous times) to my Netflix queue because I wanted to watch something”Amish”. I will enjoy this I am sure:)

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on “The Outsiders”: The Amish on MacGyver (August 10th, 2014 at 16:54)

    I watched MacGyver several times, but since I was “into” raising my son and daughter back then, I didn’t always catch “whole” episodes.

    But I did love the MacGyver take-offs on SNL, and some weren’t too long ago (though I rarely watch SNL now.) I think they called him “MacGruder” or something like that.

    I might go searching around for more Amish TV episodes from “way back when”—even beyond the ’80’s!

    A fun posting!

    Alice Mary

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    Comment on “The Outsiders”: The Amish on MacGyver (August 10th, 2014 at 18:58)

    Hehe MacGruder sounds like something out of The Simpsons, too.

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      Comment on “The Outsiders”: The Amish on MacGyver (August 11th, 2014 at 09:40)

      Erik and other macgyver fans, maybe you want to check out this site, this is apparently stuff made on the show, or in the style of:


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    Comment on “The Outsiders”: The Amish on MacGyver (August 11th, 2014 at 08:44)

    I just watched that McGyver episode over the weekend!
    There is also a Murder, She Wrote Amish episode.
    There is a short episode of Arthur [a children’s educational cartoon] that is Amish. It was in YouTube.
    Is there anywhere to watch Aaron’s way? i can’t find it in YouTube.
    Is it on DVD?

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    Comment on A former "MacGyver" star lurks among us... (August 12th, 2014 at 00:47)

    A former "MacGyver" star lurks among us...

    I meant to share this sooner but have been dealing with an illness in the family and have gotten behind.

    After posting this MacGyver post Friday, I got an email from a regular reader–just a single line with an attached photo. The email subject: “Do I remember MacGyver?” The answer was in the photo.

    So what was the photo? A pay stub from 1987, with job description “GENERAL EXTRA”, for production “MACGYVER”. Yes folks, this reader who shall remain nameless (at least for now 😉 ) spent 10 hours one day in 1987 on set filming an episode of the show as an extra (including 2 hours overtime), the specifics of which are a bit foggy at this point.

    But the reader says that “You would have had to strain your eyes to see me” as he was walking away in the scene.

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    Comment on “The Outsiders”: The Amish on MacGyver (August 12th, 2014 at 06:45)

    That is kind of cool, Erik, thanks for sharing that tidbit from a reader!
    I was once a background actor in a made for TV movie and got to chat with the lead actor, a one time “action star”, at the craft services snack table, neat experience, I wonder if the reader met RDA.

    I hope everything is well in your family..

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    Comment on Strange (August 12th, 2014 at 21:21)


    I am having problems with the Food in Amish Country thread, I can get to the entry, but there are no comments and no comments section even thought it says that there is a certain number. The recent comment section even appears to be different. Is it just me or is anyone else experiencing this?

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    Comment on “The Outsiders”: The Amish on MacGyver (August 14th, 2014 at 09:21)

    Boy, you struck a nerve, Erik! I totally loved MacGuyver too–was in love with Richard Dean Anderson!–and watched every episode. I especially remember the one where we finally found out what his first name was, long after becoming convinced that he must not have one! And clearly he wasn’t happy about Angus. lol! For some reason I don’t remember the Amish episode at all. Must watch.

    A comment MacGuyver made in one episode, spoken to a fellow captive of the bad guys, is (approximately): “Ah, a new day full of possibilities.” I’ve always remembered it and try to keep that attitude myself. If all of us did, there’d be a lot fewer people suffering from depression.

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    Susie Guille
    Comment on “The Outsiders”: The Amish on MacGyver (December 29th, 2016 at 18:06)

    I love MacGyver, and the Amish episode has always been my favorite.

    Anyone know the season and episode of the Amish “Murder, She Wrote”? Thanks for noting the Bones episode. I am a little (lot) behind on the show.

    One more for the list is from the show Cold Case – S5E3 “Running Around”: The detectives reopen the 2006 case of a murdered Jane Doe when relatives and friends identify her as an Amish teenager who went missing in Philadelphia during her Rumspringa.

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      Comment on “The Outsiders”: The Amish on MacGyver (December 30th, 2016 at 20:11)

      Hi Susie

      The Amish episode your looking for in “Murder, She Wrote” was “Murder, Plain and Simple” episode 20 in Season 7. I’ve watched it yesterday!

      I hope that helped!

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