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ONTVLand: The A-Team (An ONTD original)

Near the end of the Vietnam war an elite commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they did not commit. Escaping from a maximum-security stockade and going underground, they operated as soldiers of fortune while running from the Army M.P. and trying to prove their innocence. The A-Team ran on NBC from 1983 to 1987.

Lt. Col. John “Hannibal” Smith (George Peppard). Lt.. Tempton “Face” Peck (Dirk Bendedict) & Sgt. Bosco Albert “B.A.” Baracus (Mr. T) were told by their commanding officer, Col. Morrison, to rob the Hanoi bank because he believed it would help to end the war. They do so, but when they get back to H.Q. the Col. is dead, the place is burned down & no one believes they were under orders. The team's pilot Capt. H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock (Dwight Schultz) wasn’t involved in the heist, but is willing to help them while they’re on the lam in between stays in V.A. psychiatric wards. Pursued at first by Col. Lynch (William Lucking), then by Col. Decker (Lance DeGault) and finally by Gen. Fulbright (Jack Ging). The A-Team gets help from newspaper reporter Amy Alan (Melinda Culea) & after she accepts an overseas assignment, fellow reporter Tawnia Baker (Marla Heasley) gets in on the action.

Reuse of the same basic plots (There are bad guys. B.A. refuses to fly, Murdock is doing something crazy, Face cons someone, Hannibal has a plan.) with the same predictable outcome (The A-Team saves the day with a weapon or a vehicle made out of random bits & pieces. Sometimes with the Army M.P. right on their heels.) contributed to a ratings drop by the fourth season.
A fifth season premise change had Smith, Peck & Baracus getting captured and Murdock arranging to have their deaths faked in front of a firing squad with the help of special effects man Frankie “Dishpan” Santana (Eddie Velez). A mysterious CIA operative Gen. Stockwell (Robert Vaughn) finds them & offers to get them pardons, if they complete a series of suicide missions for him. They agree and get into a series of Mission Impossible style situations. Ratings continued to slip and there were only 13 episodes in the fifth & final season.

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Where can you watch it?
The A-Team is currently streaming on The Roku Channel, Peacock, & Peacock Premium. You can buy it from Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, Vudu & Amazon Video. All seasons are on Region 1, 2 & 3 DVD. Some episodes are on YouTube.
It can sometimes be found on COZI TV, Me TV, or RTN and the like which can be picked up with an antenna for over-the-air signals. Some cable line-ups will have one or two of these channels. Pluto TV may have it as well.

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Sources: Wikipedia, IMDB, Just Watch, YouTube 1, 2 3
Tags: 1980s, ontd original, television - nbc

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George Peppard seemed threatened by poc and women
He made Audrey Hepburn cry. He's a dick.
I think adding female characters would've worked better if they had actually tried and not been lazy. The reporters just never seemed to fit to me and it wasn't because of Peppard being an asshole. Didn't know about him being an asshole towards Mr. T though. Guess he considered himself the only "star" there even though Mr. T had also been in films prior to the series.
As a kid I loved Amy so much.
My best friend and I loved this show as kids. She had a crush on Face, and I had a crush on Murdock lol.
I had a crush on B.A. Baracus! My cousins would make fun of me because he had all these rings and necklaces, but he was so cute to me. He was afraid of flying. LOL
Lol oh yeah they always had to come up with some way to knock him out when flying.
And he always put up a fight!
I grew up on this show! LOL This and all those B films about fighting. Also Van Damme and Rocky.
I like the 2011 movie ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I don't think I've ever watched this considering how popular it was.
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