Numerous actors were considered for the major roles. James Coburn and Robert Conrad were both options for Hannibal. Tia Carrere, who played the daughter of General Fulbright (who was also named Tia), was supposed to join the main cast in the fifth season but couldn’t get out of her contract to “General Hospital.”
Hulk Hogan was going to appear more than just once but was too busy with his wrestling. A big idea Dwight Schultz had for the finale was that, for once, a plan doesn’t come together, and the members of the team fall one-by-one, with Hannibal the last member in a desperate and futile fight for his life. It didn’t take.
The Only Death The Show Ever Had
Every episode of "The A-Team" had guns blazing, explosions shooting smoke into the air, and bad guys flying all over. Yet as we've discussed, the A-Team needed to work on their aim – they never shoot a single bad guy.
In fact, through the entire five seasons of the show, there is only one death in the entire show. Bad guys crawl out of cars, injured but alive, bullets go wild, and even injuries rarely appear on the main cast. The single death is even only implied: General Fulbright meets his end in a big explosion at the end of “The Sound of Thunder.”
This Is the Thanks We Get
"The A-Team" brought NBC back from the brink of collapse, but they had no love to give the show that saved their hides. The network actively sabotaged the show, and in fact, many network officials did nothing but badmouth the show to the press from the word go.
It was seen as politically incorrect since it had a positive view of Vietnam veterans, among other things. It was subjected to invisible advertising. Incredibly, the show got so popular. People called it a bad move to write for it. Even though it was one of the most popular television shows, it ended after five seasons for these reasons.
Just the Right Amount of Over the Top
Howlin' Mad Murdock was almost written out of the show before it aired, as the NBC executives found him too “over the top.” However, fans and test audiences loved the character, and the execs had no choice but to listen to the will of the people. We're all glad he stayed on.
Murdock's full name is H.M. Murdock, and no, we don't ever find out what the H stands for. What's more, Schultz had a direct hand in his character's look and feel. Those funny t-shirts that Murdock wears in every episode? Designed by Schultz himself.
While the show was well-liked in the United States, a pair of countries in Europe love it even more, including to this day. Belgium and the Netherlands both loved the show while it was airing in unprecedented numbers. Dwight Schultz and Dirk Benedict are still going across the pond to conduct interviews and appear at conventions, just because of this show.
The show was also a hit in the United Kingdom and even contributed to the decline of "Doctor Who's" popularity. Mr. T is beloved in the country, and the show still frequently airs in long three-to-four episode blocks on the weekend.