The A-Team (1983-1987)

USA, 23 January -8 March 1987
5 seasons, 97 episodes, average 60m
35mm film, colour, 4:3
mono, English

An American drama television series with some fantasy episodes.

Premise

A group of Vietnam vets are framed for robbing the Bank of Hanoi and sent to a US prison. They escape and, while on the run, become mercenaries willing to take on any job so long as the price is right.

Credits

Regular Crew
Universal Television, Stephen J. Cannell Productions
Created by: Frank Lupo, Stephen J. Cannell
Executive Producers: Frank Lupo, Stephen J. Cannell
Produced by: Patrick Hasburgh [Season One]; John Ashley [Seasons One to Four]; Tom Blomquist [Season Five]
Theme Music: Mike Post, Pete Carpenter

Regular Cast
George Peppard (Col. John “Hannibal” Smith)
Dirk Benedict (Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck)
Dwight Schultz (Capt. H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock)
Mr. T (Sgt. Bosco “B.A.” Baracus)
John Ashley (narrator)

Episodes

Season One
Mexican Slayride (23 January 1983)
Children of Jamestown (30 January 1983)
Pros and Cons (8 February 1983)
A Small and Deadly War (15 February 1983)
Black Day at Bad Rock (22 February 1983)
The Rabbit Who Ate Las Vegas (1 March 1983)
The Out-of-Towners (15 March 1983)
Holiday in the Hills (22 March 1983)
West Coast Turnaround (5 April 1983)
One More Time (12 April 1983)
Till Death Do Us Part (19 April 1983)
The Beast from the Belly of a Boeing (3 May 1983)
A Nice Place to Visit (10 May 1983)

Season Two
Diamonds ‘n Dust (20 September 1983)
Recipe for Heavy Bread (27 September 1983)
The Only Church in Town (11 October 1983)
Bad Time on the Border (18 October 1983)
When You Comin' Back, Range Rider?: Part 1 (25 October 1983)
When You Comin' Back, Range Rider?: Part 2 (25 October 1983)
The Taxicab Wars (1 November 1983)
Labor Pains (8 November 1983)
There's Always a Catch (15 November 1983)
Water, Water Everywhere (22 November 1983)
Steel (29 November 1983)
The White Ballot (6 December 1983)
The Maltese Cow (13 December 1983)
In Plane Sight (3 January 1984)
The Battle of Bel-Air (10 January 1984)
Say It with Bullets (17 January 1984)
Pure-Dee Poison (31 January 1984)
It's a Desert Out There (7 February 1984)
Chopping Spree (14 February 1984)
Harder Than It Looks (21 February 1984)
Deadly Maneuvers (28 February 1984)
Semi-Friendly Persuasion (8 May 1984)
Curtain Call (15 May 1984)

Season Three
Bullets and Bikinis (18 September 1984)
The Bend in the River Part 1 (25 September 1984)
The Bend in the River Part 2 (25 September 1984)
Fire (2 October 1984)
Timber! (16 October 1984)
Double Heat (23 October 1984)
Trouble on Wheels (30 October 1984)
The Island (13 November 1984)
Showdown! (20 November 1984)
Sheriffs of Rivertown (27 November 1984)
The Bells of St. Mary's (4 December 1984)
Hot Styles (11 December 1984)
Breakout! (18 December 1984)
Cup A' Joe (8 January 1985)
The Big Squeeze (15 January 1985)
Champ! (22 January 1985)
Skins (29 January 1985)
Road Games (5 February 1985)
Moving Targets (12 February 1985)
Knights of the Road (26 February 1985)
Waste ‘Em! (5 March 1985)
Bounty (2 April 1985)
Beverly Hills Assault (9 April 1985)
Trouble Brewing (7 May 1985)
Incident at Crystal Lake (14 May 1985)

Season Four
Judgment Day Part 1 (24 September 1985)
Judgment Day Part 2 (24 September 1985)
Where is the Monster When You Need Him? (1 October 1985)
A Lease with an Option to Die (22 October 1985)
The Road to Hope (29 October 1985)
The Heart of Rock N' Roll (5 November 1985)
Body Slam (12 November 1985)
Blood, Sweat and Cheers (19 November 1985)
Mind Games (26 November 1985)
There Goes the Neighborhood (3 December 1985)
The Doctor is Out (10 December 1985)
Uncle Buckle-Up (17 December 1985)
Wheel of Fortune (14 January 1986)
The A-Team is Coming, The A-Team is Coming (21 January 1986)
Members Only (28 January 1986)
Cowboy George (11 February 1986)
Waiting for Insane Wayne (18 February 1986)
The Duke of Whispering Pines (25 February 1986)
Beneath the Surface (4 March 1986)
Mission of Peace (11 March 1986)
The Trouble with Harry (25 March 1986)
A Little Town with an Accent (6 May 1986)
The Sound of Thunder (13 May 1986)

Season Five
Dishpan Man (26 September 1986)
Trial by Fire (3 October 1986)
Firing Line (10 October 1986)
Quarterback Sneak (17 October 1986)
The Theory of Revolution (24 October 1986)
The Say U.N.C.L.E. Affair (31 October 1986)
Alive at Five (7 November 1986)
Family Reunion (14 November 1986)
Point of No Return (18 November 1986)
The Crystal Skull (28 November 1986)
The Spy Who Mugged Me (12 December 1986)
The Grey Team (30 December 1986)
Without Reservations (8 March 1987)

Alternative Titles

L'Agence tous risques – France
A-Team – Italy
Das A-Team – West Germany
Brigada A – Argentina
El equipo A – Spain
Esquadṛo Classe A РPortugugal
Los magníficos – Venezuela
Soldados da Fortuna – Portugal

Remake
The A-Team (2010)

Extracts included in
The 100 Greatest TV Characters (2001)
I Love the '80s (2002)