September 22, 2012

The A-Team

In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison for a crime they didn’t commit… In 1983 the world would be introduced to this team and change the face of action television forever.

By the late part of the seventies, television was in need of a serious face lift. Although some great series’ came from the era, the action and drama shows were in dire need of a truer identity. (Not to mention a much less influence from disco.) 1980 saw the introduction of Magnum, p.i. which was an incredible start. But when The A-Team followed a couple of seasons later, the book was rewritten on how to present serious action packed storylines, with the perfect blend of action, drama, suspense and comedy.

But, there were so many things that made these soldiers of fortune the hit that they would become. And it all started with the phenomenal cast. George Peppard was chosen to play the team’s leader “Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith”. The wacky “H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock” was played to perfection by Dwight Schultz and the teams pimp “Templeton “Faceman” Peck” was brilliantly portrayed by Dirk Benedict. And of course no team would be complete without the muscles, Mr. T as the snuggly grizzly bear “B.A. “Bad Attitude” Baracus”.

The show was superbly written, particularly the main character’s banter. By the end of the first season audiences were hooked and word spread before season 2 started and catapulted the show into pop culture history. (Name one American that doesn’t know the phrases “I love it when a plan comes together” or especially “I pity da fool!”) The music took on a whole new purpose in this show as each episode had its own theme in addition to the eternal show theme by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter.

The show rode high for three seasons before television fans were ready for an even more serious tone in their action. (Miami Vice anyone?) But, the show’s place in history will forever be safe. Unlike many of the late seventy and early eighties shows, The A-Team has actually aged pretty well and nostalgia even inspired a big screen incarnation in 2010 that held up pretty well.

In this day of stale “reality t.v.” I think that Hollywood should take a note from all of the other attempts at remaking the wrong shows that just wouldn’t work for this generation and chose something like this to remake that would actually work really well. An updated and even more serious take on The A-Team would be a breath of fresh air right about now!

Long live the 80’s!!!

About the Author

Brian M
Movies have been a big part of my life since the creation of the VCR. They have always been a way for me to escape. The action genre allowed that feeling more than any other, because the heroes in these films were living in an ordinary world, but were doing extraordinary things. Watching action movies encourages my imagination to explore while I am doing even the most mundane thing and make it exciting. Don't be afraid to use your imagination and keep action alive, no matter how old you get.



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