The Beginning Of A Legend: The A-Team
It was on this date in 1983 that the pilot for the hit TV show, the A-Team makes its debut on NBC and became an immediate hit. It was based on a ragtag group of Vietnam veterans that were wrongfully imprisoned by the Army that escaped and became mercenaries. Each episode the A-Team would help respective clients while constantly evading the crazed Army officers sent to recapture them. Right out of the gate this show was an immediate hit, even though it was considered to be one of the most violent shows on TV according to the National Coalition for Television Violence. Technically the pilot aired late in the 1982-1983 rating season, however, by the end of the first year, the show was well on its way to becoming number one.
Probably the most popular character on the show was B.A. Baracus, who was played by the little-known actor Laurence Tureaud, more commonly known as Mr.T. With his iconic mohawk, gold chains, and killer one-liners like “pity the fool” and “you better watch out sucker,” Mr. T became one of the most recognizable actors in America. Which is incredibly interesting considering he had gotten into show business after winning a competition for the “Worlds Toughest Bouncer” in Chicago. As popular as the A-Team was at one point, it didn’t last. By the end of the fourth season, viewers started dwindling at a drastic rate. Producers tried many things throughout the first part of the fifth season in an attempt to revitalize the show, but after just 13 episodes it was unceremoniously canceled in March of 1987.