Every episode had massive leaps in logic: why was Murdock allowed to leave the psychiatric hospital where he lived? If the A-Team was undercover – and hiding from the military – why did they keep their distinctive van around? But none of it mattered.
The characters were so cool that audiences let the show get away with a lot. All that mattered was that Hannibal, Face, Bacarus, and Howlin’ Mad Murdock took on another bundle of trouble with plenty of guns, style, and jokes. Whether it was to come to the aid of innocents or take down the bad guys — if you sat in front of the screen, you were in for a treat.
It Revitalized a Dying Network
When "The A-Team" hit the screen in 1983, NBC was in a downward trend. The slate of fall 1983 shows NBC had to offer been called “The Worst Fall TV Lineup in History,” which is actually a little hard to believe. However, the A-Team was an A-plus show, and it reversed the network with its popularity.
The show's co-creator, Stephen J. Cannell, told "People" magazine in 200 that the show lived in a world of its own and that it made good on how funny and different it was going to be. Thanks to its memorable cast, "The A-Team" was all that and more.
Who Are the A-Team?
The leading reason why viewers loved to tune in to this explosive show was the characters. Thanks to "The A-Team," we were introduced to the joy and wonder that is Mr. T, but that's not all.
Mr. T's character, BA Baracus, went down in history as a hard-nosed player who never gave up. George Peppard's Hannibal loved when a plan came together and used his skills at disguising himself to get anywhere. Dwight Schultz played Howlin' Mad Murdock, who was both insanely good at piloting anything and just insane in general. Dirk Benedict played “Face,” who could charm anyone. Any one of them could have led a show. Together, they were TV magic.
They Needed to Work on Their Aim
Despite being chock-full of guns, "The A-Team" was surprisingly family-friendly. Every time the guns came out, both our four heroes and the bad guys they battled with would miss every shot they took. It was, of course, out of the question to have the heroes killing on-screen.
Maybe it was because it was the eighties, or maybe it was because the producers knew there were kids watching, but they wanted to make the good guys heroic. In fact, during the entire run of the show, only one on-screen death was ever recorded, and it was hardly graphic.
Bring in the Stars
Of course, kids grow up. Eventually, the charm of the bloodless action started to wear off as more and more shows started to show real action and consequences. The shine was starting to come off "The A-Team," and while people still watched and enjoyed the show, it was becoming lackluster.
In order to jazz things up, the creators decided to add celebrities to the mix, including the eighties' Hulk Hogan, as well as, bizarrely, Boy George. Try as they might, however, it was to no avail, and the show called it quits after the fifth season.