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.
Though the show debuted on January 23rd, its first real splash came a week later following Superbowl XVII. Mr. T attended the game which featured the Washington Redskins defeating the Miami Dolphins. Over the next three years, The A-Team would prove to be NBC's most successful show by achieving its highest ratings of any show in the five previous years. The series filmed 5 seasons from Jan 1983 - Dec 1986 and 95 total episodes which included one 'lost' episode airing with reruns in the spring of 1987.
- Lieutenant Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith --- George Peppard
- Captain Howling Mad "H.M." Murdock --- Dwight Schultz
- 1st Lieutenant Templeton "Face/Faceman" Peck --- Dirk Benedict (Tim Dunigan in the Pilot)
- Sergeant First Class Bosco A. "B.A./Bad Attitude" Baracus --- Mr .T
- Amy Amanda Allen --- Melinda Culea
- Tawnia Baker --- Marla Heasley
- Frankie Santana --- Eddie Velez
- Colonel Lynch --- William Lucking
- Colonel Roderick Decker --- Lance LeGault
- Captain Crane --- Carl Franklin
- General Harlan "Bull" Fulbright --- Jack Ging
- General Hunt Stockwell --- Robert Vaughn
So by now you are probably wondering..."if the show started in January, why are you celebrating now?" Well, why not I say! (No one reads the internet during the NFL Playoffs anyway, right?) Now is a good time as any to rediscover one of the quintessential TV shows of the '80s! Throughout this month, Jason and Wyatt will be posting articles including:
- Hannibal's Best Disguises
- Faceman's Best Scams
- Murdock's Best Insanity Moments
- B.A.'s Best Quotes
- The Most Ridiculous Weapons/Inventions
- The Best Guest Star Appearances
- A Special Edition of Rank 'Em
- The Best of A-Team Fan Art
And if that wasn't enough of a reason to celebrate, how about a chance to win an exclusive A-Team At 30 prize pack!! On Oct 31st, one lucky person will walk away with a box full of vintage and new A-Team goodies!
- The Best of The 80s: The A-Team DVD (7 episodes including the pilot and the "Body Slam" episode with Hulk Hogan)
- The complete 1984 3-issue A-Team comic book set (Produced by Marvel Comics)
- 1:64 Scale Hot Wheels A-Team van (from the 2011 collection)
- A fistful of vintage A-Team trading cards
- A "PTF Pity The Fool" decal (created by RD80s own Jason Gross)
- More 80s goodies from the RD80s prize bin
This is going to be exciting month with A-Team articles and your usual mix of '80s info, so please come back and interact with us! I pity the fool that doesn't celebrate!