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.
The Audiences Didn't Care
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.
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.
A Bad Network Ending
The show packed it up in 1987, and instead of an explosive bang that had been part of the show for so long, it went out with a whimper. NBC mismanaged the final season badly, even airing some of the final seasons out of order.
They did air the series finale, “The Grey Team,” as the last episode, but they skipped the penultimate episode entirely. That episode, “Without Reservations,” aired after the finale, and only while reruns were airing. While it might be a little bit easier to take when a network does this for a show that never really got off the ground, remember – "The A-Team" saved NBC.
The A-Team Never Dies
This wasn't the end of the A-Team, however. In 2010, a movie version of the show appeared, starring the likes of Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, and Jessica Biel. Dirk Benedict, who played Faceman, and Dwight Schultz, who played Murdock, both made cameo appearances. The movie's success proved that there was still an appetite for the characters, giving rise to rumors of a new series.
Indeed, in September of 2015, Fox announced they were working on a reboot of "The A-Team." Original writer and producer Stephen Cannell's daughter, Tawnia McKiernan, is one of the writers. The team was to be made up of both male and female characters.