Nostalgic Evocations: The A-Team (1983-1987)

The A-Team was the first TV show I clearly remember loving.  It ran on NBC on Tuesday nights for five seasons.  It was a phenomenon for much of its run.  The show was quite often criticized for its violence, although the A-team never killed anyone and there was never any blood.

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The introduction to the show is still vividly remembered by most people to this day:

“In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire… the A-Team.”

The team was led by John “Hannibal” Smith (George Peppard) and his squad, Templeton “Face” Peck (Dirk Benedict), H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock (Dwight Schultz), and Bosco Albert “B.A.” Baracus (Mr. T).  They were joined by a reporter, Amy Allen (Melinds Culea) for the first season and a half before being replaced by another reporter, Tawnia Baker (Marla Heasley).  In the fifth season, Frankie Santana (Eddie Velez) joined the team, but I have no recollection of him at all.  It must’ve been after I stopped watching.

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The show never really evolved over its run.  Its formula ran thin after a few seasons and I moved on at some point.  I don’t remember what season, but definitely before the fifth season.  I know this because of Frankie Santana.  Frankie who?

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