The A -Team

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Creator: Stephen J. Cannell
Episodes: 98 x 60mins
Screened: 1983 - 1987 (5 seasons)
Main Cast: Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith George Peppard
Lieutenant Templeton "Face" Peck Dirk Benedict
Sergeant Bosco "B.A." (Bad Attitude) Baracus Mr T.
Captain H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock Dwight Schultz
Amy Amanda Allen Melinda Culea
Tawnia Baker Marla Heasley
Colonel Roderick Decker Lance LeGault
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Introduction:

In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men 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."

Story:

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.

As this rag tag fleet of every imaginable space faring craft possible amasses behind the proud warship Galactica, it soon becomes apparent that food and fuel are running dangerously low so they must make a stop at a nearby mining planet known as Carillon. The fleet hope to acquire whatever they need from the planet but realise that they need to cut a deal with the insect like Ovions who populate the planet in myriad tunnels under the planets surface. After brokering a deal with the Ovions, Commander Adama becomes increasingly wary of them and as food and fuel slowly begins to arrive, crew start to mysteriously dissappar. On the eve of a major celebration on the planet, Adama's son Apollo and his friend and fellow warrior Starbuck discover that the Ovions are being controlled by the Cylons who are set to spring a trap in an attempt to eradicate the last remaining humans from the galaxy. Unbeknown to the Cylons, Commander Adama is ready for this eventuality and has orchestrated a little trap of his own and as a fleet of Cylon "Raider" craft attack the fleet a whole squadron of Colonial "Vipers" under the command of Apollo launch from the planets surface and sandwich the Cylons between them and the Galactica. The counter attack by the Galactica's pilots also sees a daring bluff by Starbuck and Apollo which leads to the destruction of the Planet Carillon and a Cylon "Basestar" not to mention the speedy escape of the human fleet as they resume their quest.

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Epilogue:

Fleeing from the Cylon tyranny.....The last Battlestar...."Galactica" leads a rag-tag fugitive fleet on a lonely quest for a shining planet known as....Earth"

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