Episodes: 98 (hour)
TV show dates: January 23, 1983 — March 8, 1987
Series status: Cancelled/ended
Performers include: George Peppard, Dwight Schultz, Mr. T, John Ashley, Dirk Benedict, Melinda Culea, Lance LeGault, Carl Franklin, Eddie Velez, Robert Vaughn, and Marla Heasley.
TV show description:
An action-adventure series about a group of former members of the United States Army Special Forces. The A-Team works as soldiers of fortune and help those in need while being on the run from the military for a “crime they did not commit.”
The team members included team leader Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith (George Peppard), con-man Lieutenant Templeton “Faceman” Peck (Dirk Benedict), insane pilot Captain H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock (Dwight Schultz), and strong man and mechanic B.A. Baracus (Mr. T). They are sometimes helped by reporters like Amy Amanda “Triple A” Allen (Melinda Culea) and Tawnia Baker (Marla Heasley).
In the final season, the team is apprehended by the government and begins working under the direction of General Stockwell (Robert Vaughn) to achieve pardons. Frankie “Dishpan Man” Santana (Eddie Velez) begins working with the team as well.
Episode 97 – The Grey Team
Paula (guest Moya Kordick), the young daughter of top scientist Randy Anderson (guest Michael Shannon), runs away with her father’s briefcase that contains top-secret documents. She believes her father is going to sell it to the Russians and doesn’t know that they are fakes. The A-Team is assigned to find her. The Soviets want the briefcase so she flees to her old friend Bernie Greene (guest Lew Ayres) who lives at a senior citizen home. The residents band together to protect the girl and help our heroes as “The Grey Team.”After being misled yet again, Hannibal tells General Stockwell that the team will no longer work for him, giving up their chances for a pardon. At the end of the episode, the team discusses what they would have done once they were pardoned. They agree that they would probably keep on helping those in need as part of the A-Team.
First aired: December 30, 1986
Behind the Scenes
Viewership fell during the fourth season so the show went through some changes for the fifth year. Unfortunately, ratings didn’t improve and it was cancelled after 13 episodes.
“The Grey Team” was intended to be the series finale but, for some reason, it aired as the second-to-last episode. NBC forgot about the “Without Reservations” episode and didn’t air it until March 1987 amongst reruns. In “Reservations,” Murdock wears a shirt that reads “almost fini.” In “Grey Team,” his shirt reads “fini” (the French word for “end”).
George Peppard passed away on May 8, 1994 from chemotherapy-induced leukemia. He had been undergoing treatment since being diagnosed with lung cancer in 1992. He didn’t stop working and had just completed filming the pilot for a Matlock spin-off when he died. Peppard was only 65.
In May 2006, Justin Lee Collins reunited many of the A-Team castmembers for an episode of the UK’s Bring Back… series. The meeting took place at the Beverly Hills Friars Club. In attendance were actors Dirk Benedict, Dwight Schultz, Marla Heasley, Jack Ging (General Harlan “Bull” Fullbright), William Lucking (Colonel Lynch), Lance LeGault (Colonel Roderick Decker), series creator Stephen J. Cannell, and George Peppard’s son, Christian. Though he was unable to attend, Mr. T appeared in a separate interview afterward.
I love the A team please don’t take it off I know that mash is taking their time slot in May but can’t they come back in June? I had rather watch A team than mash
Should put it back on in original format because they don’t shoot anyone or really fight anybody besides the kids and adults will like it they never kill anyone or really hurt anyone and it shows little boys how to become men and not to hurt weman and it shows how real-life is so they won’t do it in there own life. Alot of 80s shows really need brought back like night rider in it’s original format. Please respond in text.
The reasons given for the show being cancelled are incorrect, according to Dwight Schultz and Dirk Benedict.
I didn’t hear them say why the show was cancelled, other than the network never liked the series. I can’t speak to the politics and how they and the show may have been treated back then. My experience is that networks care about what shows are making them money and could care less about anyone’s politics, particularly back then. When a show stops being profitable, it’s gone. People’s memories sometimes get a little fuzzy when talking about why a show was cancelled. It’s also important to remember that different shows attract different audiences and the shows that NBC liked to… Read more »
Love this show
Original Macgver, Magnum PI, 21 jump street, The A team all my favorite shows action 1980’s so good even didn’t live that era not born watch rerun seen all episodes exciting ones.
Buy the box set(series)
One of my favorite, I’ve made a paper toys Hannibal here : http://www.caricature.fr/paper-toys-magnum-j-r-et-hannibal/
For this episode “the grey team”, where was it filmed? The beginning scene where Paula Anderson is being chased looks familiar. I know it’s somewhere in LA
You should update the info on the big screen adaptation.
Amazing show. They need to make a continuous series following to the movie. That was just awesome. AMF
You’re right, they don’t make TV like they used to. As a DISH Network customer and employee I just wanted to let all you original A-Team fans in on some information. One of the many benefits of being a DISH Network customer is free access to http://www.dishonline.com, there you can view thousands of titles including 97 episodes of the original A-Team series for free viewing.
I support this show, and wish I could get season dvd’s of this show for it is one of the best shows ever. They don’t make good televisions like this any more.
I know this comment is a few years old but all 5 seasons of the A Team are on DVD