"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."
I really could have used the help of the A-Team on several occasions but I could never find them, despite their highly distinctive black GMC Vandura van.
The A-Team is one of the most memorable and popular television shows of the 1980s telling the story of four Vietnam veterans who escape from a high security prison after being wrongly accused of robbing a bank during the conflict. The team was led by John "Hannibal" Smith, played by George Peppard and included Templeton “Face” Peck, the lady's man, “Howling Mad” Murdoch, the somewhat insane team pilot and strong man B. A. Baracus played by Mr. T.
Every episode included gun fights, explosions and lots of exciting and violent action but somehow, despite all the action, people rarely got hurt, even the bad guys! The A-Team would often get captured by the bad guys and end up fashioning an unlikely weapon from whatever materials happened to be carelessly left within reach and would then use their surprisingly effective creation to help them make their escape. Face would also inevitably become attracted to whoever the female lead was in that episode.
The A-Team TV series became so popular that by the fourth season surprising guest stars including Boy George and Hulk Hogan appeared as themselves and many of the catchphrases used by the A-Team made their way into common language such as “I love it when a plan comes together!” and “I ain’t gettin’ on no plane!”
The A-Team was first broadcast on the 23rd January 1983 on NBC.