The A-Team is # 1

Why the A-Team is still cool
December 02, 2008
"In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to a prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. They 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."

That last part should read: "If no one else can help, and you're an attractive young woman, maybe you can hire the A-Team." At least that's what it seemed like every episode. A young woman and her father/brother/ and or only child would be threatened by a bunch of goons and the A-Team had to set things straight. They sure don't make shows like they used to.

It's funny as a kid how I never noticed no one ever got injured or killed on the show. The bad guys always wore their seatbelts, and the bullets fired would always miss their target.

Their weapons had unlimited ammo and every time you saw them inside the van it looked like they were driving a cardboard box.

The A-Team could build a tank out of chewing gum and old newspaper before MacGyver became famous. And when they were building something to defeat the villains of the week you could only see their hands. I could swear it wasn't the actors who were actually building stuff.

Now don't get me wrong, I still love watching the show. It may be cheesy by today's standards, but I think it's still a classic.

Howling Mad Murdock (Dwight Schultz)

Murdock was my favorite of the group. Everyone thought he was crazy but I think it was just an act to be the funnyman. You name it, Murdock could fly it. Of course B.A. couldn't stand flying so they weren't exactly buddies. And the fact B.A. just thought he was plain nuts.

Hannibal Smith (George Peppard)

The leader of the A-Team. Hannibal may have been old enough to be your Grandpa, but he could still give you an arsh whooping. He would always disguise himself to see if the one's needing help that week really needed it, or were just full of it.

Faceman (Dirk Benedict)
I never really did like Faceman that much. Maybe it was the fact he could get any woman he wanted and I was jealous. Then again, I was eight or nine at the time so why would I care?

B.A. Baracus (Mr T.)

At first I didn't like B.A. that much. I got tired of hearing, " I pity the fool..", and the fact he was always picking on Murdock. Eventually I warmed up to his character. Mr. T was given some pretty good lines on the show and could be funny at times.

And speaking of Mr T, who couldn't forget his cartoon where he teamed up with a bunch of loser gymnasts. They were losers to me anyway. I only watched it because of Mr. T, and whenever he fought the bad guys it would cut to live action.

I pity the fool who doesn't watch my cartoon!

Marvel did some comics based on the A-Team, but it just wasn't the same.

Famous Cameos

There were quite a few of famous people in episodes of the A-Team but the only ones I remember seeing were Boy George from Culture Club, and John Saxon from Enter the Dragon. I was never a fan of Boy George's music or his taste of clothes. In the episode I remember him being in, I don't think he was wearing any make-up or in drag. His music was being promoted in the episode and Murdock just so happened to like Culture Club.
I had only seen John Saxon in Enter the Dragon, and some episodes of the A-Team where he played the bad guy. In one episode he had a bad accent, the other, played a crazed cult leader. The man, the legend, Bruce Lee may not have been known for his acting skills, but John Saxon made Bruce look like a great actor. (And no, I'm not knocking Bruce Lee, but I for one watch his movies for the fight scenes not the storyline.)

Females on the A-Team

The A-Team was a man's show. They did have females on their team, but you rarely saw them. I think they were used more for eye candy than anything else at the time. Am I saying that I agree with this? No, I'm not, but it was the 80's and that's how most shows were back in the day. At least from what I remember. I'm sure if they did an updated version of the A-Team things would be different. Then again, it might end up like the new Knight Rider, pure garbage.

Well, that's my view on this classic 80's show. As always, comments welcome.

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