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UEL 14 July 2015 05:39 AM

Just for the fun of it
Background: I have been playing a game with my brother over text for a long time. It is a simple game. And I thought it was worthy of playing here.

Rules: Simple. Post an answer. Defend if you wish. Challenge if you wish. There are no wrong answers. Questions will be roughly one per day (I will post) and will take the form of various pop culture questions.

Aim: Participation. If you have less than 1000 posts, I heartily encourage you to post. Over 1000 posts, of course I would expect an answer. We are a fun (if sometimes intimidating) group who welcome all. This board used to have lots of opportunities to interract. So, I look forward to seeing names I don't recognise...

Today's Question: In the category of better television inventions, MacGuyver or the A-Team?

crocoduck_hunter 14 July 2015 05:59 AM


MacGuyver's stuff was too normal and lacked the sheer wackiness of the A-Team's stuff.

Richard W 14 July 2015 08:39 AM

I've never actually seen MacGuyver, so therefore the A-Team must invent better stuff, because if MacGuyver had been as good at it, then he'd be known here too!

Crius of CoH 14 July 2015 11:55 AM

I only watched a little of either show, but I did see MythBusters episodes that dealt with both of the shows. The A-Team MB show was much more plausible than the MacGuyver show, so A-Team.

Dondi 14 July 2015 12:21 PM

1) MacGyver (correct spelling) ran for seven seasons. The A-team only five.

2) The A-team was on the lam for a framed crime (robbing the Bank of Hanoi under "orders"). I don't remember if there was a storyline which they tried to prove their innocence, ala The Fugitive.

At any event, MacGyver operated within a legit organization.

3) Unrealistically, no one ever got killed in the A-Team episodes (primarily due to Mr. T's contract), even though there was an awful lot of shooting going on.

MacGyver had no such restrictions.

4) MacGyver was a one-man wonder, only occasionally enlisting help from people he was trying to save.

The A-team relied on the coordination of people who didn't always like each other. It's hard enough to coordinate four people to do simple office tasks, much less big covert ops.

Macgyver, Baby.

Dropbear 14 July 2015 12:29 PM

Macgyver, because no-one ever "A-Teams" a solution to something.


Hapax Legomena 14 July 2015 12:36 PM

MacGyver, because although I watched both shows (although not either one regularly) I don't really remember the A-Team for any inventions within the plots of their shows while that was largely what MacGyver was known for.

Lainie 14 July 2015 01:19 PM

Hijack: That is a fun game idea. I have a brother who might enjoy that.

Alarm 14 July 2015 01:28 PM

For me, it's MacGyver, just because.

Sue 14 July 2015 02:20 PM

I'd have to say the A-Team because first off I've never seen MacGyver and second I liked the A-team :cool:.

Seaboe Muffinchucker 14 July 2015 03:19 PM

MacGyver, because it has RDA. There's no need for another reason. :D


Dr. Winston O'Boogie 14 July 2015 03:23 PM


Anything he did was under duress and with limited resources - I'm in trouble, and I need to get out of here NOW. With the A-Team, anything they "invented" was while they were preparing for a specific paid task - they had time to go out to the hardware store rather than deal with whatever was there at hand.

chillas 14 July 2015 06:15 PM

MacGyver - most of the things he did had actual science behind them.

UEL 14 July 2015 06:46 PM

Question 2
New Question

Who is the bigger coward: Shaggy or Scooby?

Sue 14 July 2015 07:06 PM

Shaggy! Although the latest version of Scooby Doo (which was very good BTW) scaled back the cowardice a lot.

Seaboe Muffinchucker 14 July 2015 07:50 PM

Scooby, way more.


Hapax Legomena 14 July 2015 07:59 PM

I can't even choose on that one...both were equally cowardly by the standards of the only SD cartoons that I consider canon, which were the original "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!" from 1969. They never did anything separately so I consider them to be basically one character.

Richard W 14 July 2015 08:08 PM


Originally Posted by Dondi (Post 1879370)
1) MacGyver (correct spelling) ran for seven seasons.

Oh, MacGyver. I'd assumed UEL was talking about some obscure Canadian knock-off. That makes all the difference...

Actually I've still never seen MacGyver and all I know about it is that Patty and Selma and all the old people in The Simpsons totally fancy him. Since they're all the characters with questionable taste, I stand by my assumption that the A-Team are better at building things. And the A-Team Expressway sounds a lot more fun to drive down than the MacGyver Expressway, too.

Richard W 14 July 2015 08:10 PM

Shaggy seems more cowardly to me, but that's only a gut feeling really. I can't offer objective evidence...

Dondi 15 July 2015 12:43 PM


Originally Posted by Richard W (Post 1879486)
Oh, MacGyver. I'd assumed UEL was talking about some obscure Canadian knock-off. That makes all the difference...

I'm not normally a grammar Nazi. But in this case, because I had to make corrections to my own text (as you can note in the edit comments in my original post), because I knew it looked kind of off, I just wanted to set the record straight. Thank you.

Scooby or Shaggy?

Didn't Scooby, even in his frightened state, occasionally solve the "mystery" inadvertently, in spite of his fears? If so, then I think Shaggy is more the coward.

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