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The A-Team

The A-Team Dates : 1983 - 1987
98 episodes of 45 min
First broadcasting : 1er Juillet 1984
Creator(s) : Frank Lupo
Producer(s) : Stephen J. Cannell
Music : Pete Carpenter, Mike Post
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Synopsis

At the end of their stint in Viet Nam, Col. John "Hannibal" Smith and his team were framed for robbing the Bank of Hanoi (which they had done, but under orders), and sent to a US military prison. They escaped and went on the run, pursued first by Col. Lynch and later by Col. Decker. While on the lam, they became heroes for hire, working as good-guy vigilantes around the US or the world. Hannibal was their leader and an expert at disguises. Face was the team's con artist and lady's man. BA (officially "Bad Attitude") was their mechanic, but also took care of mayhem and intimidation. The final member of the Team, "Howling Mad" Murdock, was an expert pilot, and a certified lunatic--they broke him out of a mental hospital whenever they needed him for a mission.

The Actors

Mr T - Barracuda

Mr T


(Barracuda)

George Peppard - John Hannibal Smith

George Peppard


(John Hannibal Smith)

Dwight Schultz - Murdock

Dwight Schultz


(Murdock "Looping")

Dirk Benedict - Templeton Peck - Futé

Dirk Benedict


(Templeton Peck - Futé)

Jack Ging - Général Fullbright

Jack Ging


(Général Fullbright)

Melinda Culea - Amy Amanda Allen

Melinda Culea


(Amy Amanda Allen)

Robert Vaughn - Général Hunt Stockwell

Robert Vaughn


(Général Hunt Stockwell)

Lance Legault - Colonel Roderick Decker

Lance Legault


(Colonel Roderick Decker)

Carl Franklin - Capitaine Crane

Carl Franklin


(Capitaine Crane)

Eddie Velez - Frankie

Eddie Velez


(Frankie "Dishpan" Santana)

Marla Heasley - Tawnia Baker

Marla Heasley


(Tawnia Baker)

William Lucking - Colonel Derryck Lynch

William Lucking


(Colonel Derryck Lynch)

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Trivia

James Coburn was considered for the role of Hannibal Smith.

During the final season, David McCallum guest starred as a villain, reuniting with former "Man From UNCLE" co-star Robert Vaughn. The episode, "The Say Uncle Affair", was formatted the same way as an old UNCLE episode, complete with "chapter titles", the word "affair" in the title, and similar scene transitions.

In the opening credits, Dirk Benedict reacts to a passing metallic "Cylon warrior". Cylons were the nemesis in Benedict's earlier series, "Battlestar Galactica".

Premiered on NBC-TV immediately after the 1983 Super Bowl.

A lost episode entitled "Without Reservations" aired for the first time during the March reruns of 1987. This episode was probably meant to air right before the final episode "The Grey Team", based on the fact that in "Without Reservations" Murdock's T-shirt says "Almost Fini" while in "The Grey Team" it says "Fini".

The gold that was worn by "Mr. T" during filming varied in weight, usually between 35 and 40 pounds.

Series folded December 30, 1986-after 98 episodes total, 12 episodes into the 5th season.

It is also noted that the "B.A." in B.A. Baracus stands for his first and middle names "Bosco Albert" Baracus (as well as the more obvious "Bad Attitude").

In one episode, it is revealed that Face's real name is not Templeton Peck. The complete list of his assumed names is, in chronological order: Richard Bancroft (birth name), Alvin Brennar, Al Brennan, Al Peck, Holmes Morrison, Morrison Holmes, and finally Tempelton Arthur Peck.

There was some talk about an A-Team reunion, a TV movie where the A-Team was given a full pardon, but after George Peppard died, the idea was dropped.

With the exception of General Fullbright (played by Jack Ging), who was shot and killed in the season 4 finale episode "The Sound of Thunder", no one was killed on the show, either by the A-Team themselves or (on screen at least) by any of the villains. At the time it was considered to be the most family friendly shows of it's time. In fact, in any episode where there were drugs involved in the storyline, Hannibal would call it, "stuff". (eg: "I know there is stuff in there. You have to find it.")

After guest starring in the season 4 finale episode, "The Sound of Thunder", Tia Carrere was supposed to join the A-Team as a member for the start of the 5th season. But due to her not being able to get out of her contract with the soap-opera "General Hospital" (1963), the idea was nixed. Her character was never mentioned again.

The "crime they didn't commit" which led to The A-Team being sent to a military court was stealing gold bullion from the "Bank of Hanoi" during the Vietnam War.

Mr. T reportedly quit the series during filming of the 1985-6 season opening episode "Judgement Day" only to be persuaded to return with the episode's filming not interrupted.

The Spanish (Spain) version of the series has two significant changes with character nicknames. "Face" is called '"Fenix" and "B.A." Baracus is known as "M.A."

In "Pros and Cons", Face pretends to be the author of a novel Dr. Dwight Pepper. The photo on the back of the book - supposedly the proper Dr. Dwight Pepper - is actually a photo of Stephen J. Cannell, the producer of the series.

Most of the episodes were filmed five weeks before they aired.

In the 1985 episode "A Lease with an Option to Die" the A-team visits Mrs. Baracus (B.A.'s Mum) in Chicago. Mrs. Baracus (played by Della Reese) calls B.A. "Scooter", a nickname which wasn't known before.

In the Italian version, "Face" is called "Sberla" (= "face slap") and BA is known as PE or "Pessimo Elemento" (= "terrible element").

Filming

Filming locations:

  • Backlot, Universal Studios, Universal City, California, USA (Episode 3.4 "Fire")
  • Paramount Ranch, Agoura, California, USA (The Sheriffs of Rivertown-1985, Mission of Peace-1986, The Say UNCLE Affair-1987)
  • Valencia, California, USA (Gen. Stockwell's Ranch)

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  • Creation date: 2003/07/01 by stals
  • Last Update: 2007/05/01 by tiger08

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