The A-Team (TV Series 1983–1987) - Plot Summary Poster



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  • Four Vietnam vets, framed for a crime they didn't commit, help the innocent while on the run from the military.

  • At the end of their stint in Vietnam, 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 ladies 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.

  • During the final days of the Vietnam War, three soldiers were ordered to rob the Bank of Hanoi. However, the man who ordered them was killed and no one else can verify their story. They would be tried and found guilty but after that they escape from the facility where they were being held and went underground in Los Angeles. They then established themselves as Soldiers of Fortune known as The A-Team. Their leader is Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith who is a master of disguises and has a penchant for danger, who works as an actor, who takes on roles that requires him to wear either heavy make up or a costume. B.A. (Bad Attitude) Baracas has a penchant for striking anyone who rubs him the wrong way and is so afraid of flying that they have to drug to get him on a plane and is also a mechanical genius, and Templeton "Face Man" Peck, who is so good looking that he can charm anyone into giving them what they need. Amy Allen, a reporter, who hired them, convinced them to let her join them. Amy would be written out and she be replaced by Tawnia Baker, who would leave at the start of the third season. H.M. (Howling Mad) Murdock flew for them when they were in Vietnam but was not with them when they robbed the bank, who is so shell shocked by the war that he is confined to a V.A. psychiatric hospital, and Face has to come up with all sorts of excuses to get him released so that he could fly for them. Initially, they were being hunted down by Colonel Lynch, whose facility they broke out of, he would later be replaced by Colonel Decker, who is more aggressive. A few years later, Decker would be replaced by General Fullbright. Eventually the team would be caught by a man named Stockwell, who runs a covert spy network, and who promised them a pardon if they join his team and carry out some (dangerous) missions. Frankie Santana, a special effects man who worked with Hannibal in the movies also joined them after helping them.

  • In 1971, a special forces A Team, John H. "Hannibal" Smith, Bosco Albert Baracus, and Templeton Peck, led a raid into North Vietnam to rob the central Bank of Hanoi, a raid that succeeded but which landed Smith's A Team in trouble when his CO, Colonel Morrison, was killed in a Raid shelling. Smith, Baracus, and Peck were court-martialed in 1972 and sentenced to Leavenworth, but en route to prison escaped into the underground of LA. For the next dozen years they survived as soldiers of fortune, aiding those in trouble in the US or overseas, working with their former pilot, H M. Murdoch, who has been committed to a VA psycho ward and who must be broken out via confidence games hatched by Templeton Peck, and also dodging the determined pursuit of the Army, first led by the officer who was to escort them to prison, Colonel Lynch, then by the Army's best troubleshooter in Vietnam, Roderick Decker, an officer who got the job done irrespective of methods or cost and whose methods earned enmity from Hannibal Smith. After three years Decker was replaced by Harlan Fulbright, a General whose own lack of success earned him discharge from the Army but which also allowed him to later hire the team to help him find an Amerasian daughter he previously never knew he had. In 1986 a mysterious freelance intelligence operative, former General Hunt Stockwell, struck a deal with the government whereby he in effect kidnapped the A-Team for a final court martial and had them executed - a ruse for them to carry out covert missions in exchange for eventual pardon.


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