Some say it was a cartoon brought to life, because no one really got hurt. However, The A-Team, which turned 30 in January, was escapist fun, even though it did overstay its welcome.
As the opening narrative tells us, 4 men were wrongly convicted by a military court in 1972, and promptly escaped. The military is still after them 11 years later, which calls into question the statute of limitations on the charges against the men now known as the A-Team. The dogged, relentless pursuit by the military recalls The Fugitive 2 decades earlier, but the soldiers are made to look like buffoons.
So it seemed only appropriate that, not long after winning his first WWF (now WWE) title, Hulk Hogan made 2 appearances on the show, with some of the other grapplers getting some shine time as well in cameos. Culture Club, particularly frontman Boy George, appeared in another story. There were the requisite paperback novels either adapting episodes or with all-new stories. Marvel Comics got in on the act with a 3-issue miniseries.
Mr. T ("Rocky III") was spun off into a Saturday morning series bearing his name but with no link to The A-Team. It lasted 3 seasons itself. The 2010 feature film, with Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, & Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, tried to recapture the spirit of the series, but failed.
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