One of the most, er, explosive series of the '80s, The A-Team was a phenomenal success from the start. The show's winning combination of hard-core action and tongue-in-cheek humor quickly attracted a following that lasted much of its run, from January 1983 to June 1987.
The series is steered by crafty Col. John "Hannibal" Smith and his crack team of commandos, who were busted performing a covert mission four days after the end of the Vietnam War. Unable to prove who gave them their orders, the A-Team was unjustly imprisoned by its own government. After escaping (naturally), the good-guy outlaws keep one step ahead of the military by working as mercenary soldiers who always emerge on the side of justice. Hannibal's cohorts are B.A. (for "Bad Attitude") Baracus the tough mechanic, Howling Mad Murdock the crazed pilot and Faceman, the suave hustler who can charm his way out of any sticky situation. The four are always armed to the teeth, battling all manner of baddies, but oddly, almost never suffer serious injury.
The A-Team got the big-screen treatment in summer 2010, this time moving the crew's collective military background to Iraq (the "crime they didn't commit" plotline remains). Liam Neeson stars as Hannibal; Bradley Cooper portrays smooth-talker Face.