The show's opening narration set the scene for the "crack commando unit sent to prison for a crime they didn't commit," and told how they escaped and formed an alliance in the American underground. These guys were on the side of righteousness, offering their services to the underdog: "If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team." And boy did we want to - as George Peppard graced the screens as a master of disguise leading the Vietnam veterans: con artist Faceman (Dirk Benedict), sullen master mechanic BA (Mr T) and ace pilot Murdock (Dwight Schultz) who lived in a mental ward. Each episode was an adventure extradordinaire which saw them battling Swat teams, cult leaders, guerrilas, mobsters, and of course creating super machines out of propane torches and some spare parts.
The comic moments came fast and furious, from the various tricks played in order to drug BA because he didn't like flying, to "Howlin' Mad" Murdock's invisible dog, Billy. It also roped in celebrity guests including Boy George and Hulk Hogan. It's downfall in the fifth season was partly the results of changes which made it more serious. Ditch this last season, and bring back fun and fantasy into violence - The A-Team would get an A from television watchdogs now.
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