The A-Team (1983–1987)
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Just back from a mission, The A-Team insists Stockwell gives them two weeks off. Murdock invites the guys to the restaurant he waits tables at, Villa Cucina in Washington D.C. Face and ... See full summary »

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Frank Lupo (created by), Stephen J. Cannell (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Peppard ... John 'Hannibal' Smith
Dirk Benedict ... Templeton 'Faceman' Peck
Dwight Schultz ... 'Howling Mad' Murdock
Eddie Velez ... Frankie Santana
Mr. T ... B.A. Baracus
Robert Vaughn ... General Hunt Stockwell
Marc Alaimo ... Angelo
Edward Michael Bell Edward Michael Bell ... Steven Dorian (as Edward Bell)
Lonny Chapman ... Henderson
Alfred Dennis ... Sal Cucino
Bobby Di Cicco ... Joey Baroni
Terrence O'Connor Terrence O'Connor ... Robin Dorian
Ely Pouget ... Gina Cucino
Mills Watson ... Lou Canter
Chuck Walling Chuck Walling ... Attorney General Liebster
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Just back from a mission, The A-Team insists Stockwell gives them two weeks off. Murdock invites the guys to the restaurant he waits tables at, Villa Cucina in Washington D.C. Face and Frankie accept, but Hannibal and B.A. would rather watch Monday Night Football. The guys notice a trio of mobsters carrying guns. When they try to disarm them, Faceman gets shot. The crooks decide to take everyone hostage and wait until their real target, attorney general Liebster, arrives. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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USA

Language:

English

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8 March 1987 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The opening scene is taken from the episode The A-Team: Holiday in the Hills (1983). See more »

Goofs

The plane's registration number N81GB (large red letters) changes to N476PA (small black letters) as the team is being loaded aboard. See more »

Quotes

Gen. Hunt Stockwell: Now, the sooner you pull off these missions, the sooner you get your pardon. It's called the Stockwell incentive plan.
Faceman: Now, I can tell you what you can do with your plan, Stockwell.
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10 Things I Hated in The A-Team !
6 May 2011 | by elshikh4See all my reviews

10_B.A.'s gold?! How to be a hard to find fugitive with this amount of gold hanging from your neck all the time? It's more outrageous than the bizarre letter "T" hair cut! Due to them, he was forced at his fistfights to use only one hand, since the other was busy covering the gold to not bother him while hitting the bad guys. He looked handsome in the few times that he took them off, they sure distracted looking at him. And seriously, what's the need for them in the first place?!

9_B.A's rings. They're too many, and too sizable, to allow him doing anything, so how about fixing a sophisticated machine EVERY SINGLE EPISODE! It's impossible to imagine that anyone can do tiny mechanic works, this fast, and this precise, with this number of big ornamented rings (I think they were 10!).

8_The guest stars in the forth season?? I mean Hulk Hogan? Twice?? And Boy George??? It couldn't get lower!

7_How the 4 men used their own names, with no disguise, many times, all over America? At one point, Murdock was a winner in "Wheel of Fortune", in the national TV for God's sake! Reckless? Maybe. Dumb? Sure!

6_The frequent events. You know; good somebody in problem, Hannibal in disguise, "You've just haired the A-Team", tricks, chases, fixing an unusual weapon out of usual devises with a musical montage, blown up cottage, the evil guys' car flies obliquely, then a finale with HA HAA HAAA which is mostly not so Ha HAA HAAA!

5_There is no blood. While this is a good thing itself, then WHY the 2 hundreds bullets per episode?! Seeing all of these machine guns, pistols, sometimes cannons, loose in non-stop way, with no murdered or even slightly wounded soul around.. does provoke a little!

4_Well, they used to travel so easily. Nothing did come in their way, unless B.A.'s fear of flying. How much money they spent for doing this?! Especially while we didn't see them collecting any spendable reward from anyone ever!

3_Some of Murdock's cuckooness get on the nerves. Dwight Schultz admitted that he was given the chance to improvise as often as not, and he's a good comedian, nevertheless, once in a while, I couldn't stand him, like for instance in (The Taxicab Wars), the seventh episode of season 2. I deemed what he did there a not fit material for Sesame Street!

2_The girls. This show was doomed when it comes to lasting girls. They got rid of (Melinda Culea) cheaply, and (Marla Heasley) disappeared vaguely, then (Tia Carrere) who appeared in the fourth season's last episode, as a Vietnam war orphan and martial arts fighter, was meant to join the team in the fifth season, but she was replaced stupidly by A DUDE (Eddie Velez as Frankie Santana!). So whether the formula didn't hold, or it is (George Peppard)'s sincere efforts; since he didn't like the notion of any girl, as a co-star, in the show (Was he afraid of stealing the scenery from him?!).

1_Getting Murdock out of the nut house; OH MY GOD. How to do it, by Face, every time, and no one notices? How he comes back again to escape again? The writers wore away this line badly, till they wore it out utterly!

Finally, I'm a fool. Yes, I am. The A-Team is cheesy and formulaic. But, in the same time, lovely and entertaining. So even with these points or not, I love it. Sorry, this list comes from too much thinking in the wrong place!


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