Framed for a crime they didn't commit and on the lam for years, in this final season the A-Team is caught and threatened with execution unless they take on a series of dangerous undercover missions. Always up to the task, Hannibal, Face, B.A. and the rest of the team dive into every challenge, such as aiding a defecting East German scientist and saving the U.S. attorney general from assassination.
Robert Vaughn is a cool addition to the cast for the show's fifth/final season. Vaughn portrays a secretive government type who manages to recruit the A-Team to do special missions with the promise of a future pardon. The adventures are as explosive as previous seasons while often taking on an international flair with national security at stake. The A-Team themselves remain mostly unchanged, but a fast talking special effects expert joins the roster on a regular basis. The new character really seems unneeded, often appearing like a younger, less adept version of the Face character. Never a show concerned with reality, this season of The A-Team offers an abundant amount of action, stunts and humor including some sly parodies of the era's successful big screen franchises.
My wife and I grew up watching shows like The A Team , Greatest American Hero and the like. I had one of my grandsons over the other night and he said, "Grandpa, it's nice to be able to watch a TV show with you that we can both see together." That really struck me, it was really fun to watch some of these great old shows with two of my very young grandsons, one 5 and one 9 years old. There aren't many shows on TV today that you can allow your young children to watch due to objectionalble material, so this is a great way to enjoy, TV with the younger kids in the family and not have to watch some mindless crap cartoon show, additionally, there are NO commercials either, an added bonus. I recommend them highly. Steven J. Cannel was a terrific writer, and all of these shows were his creation along with many others during that era.
Compared to the previous seasons, this one is a bit of a let down. The guys are working FOR the government, they've introduced a new 'member' (whom I can admit grows on you after a while), and the tone of the show is definitely darker/more serious than the other four.
However, I still made my way through it and I encourage other fans not to ignore it. We see the other sides of the guys, and we also learn a few things about them that we might not have learned other wise.
The actual DVDs are different from how the other seasons are set up, and this is probably due to the smaller amount of episodes. The three discs are all just one-sided instead of double-sided (which in my opinion is much easier). The case is your typical DVD case and everything was in order when I received it. It was worth my money because no matter what, The A-Team is the A-Team, no matter who they're working for.
This abbreviated 1986-87 Season of The A-Team was the worst season of them all since this was the season when this show took a major nose-dive since the team makes a big transition from being for hire and on the run from the Army to being assigned to a mission by Gen. Stockwell(Robert Vaughn), which the team seemed to despise leaving kind of love hate relationship with Stockwell, which made the show kind of cheesy and less interesting and less sophisticated with less action than the first 4 seasons along with the fact that this was the season when the ratings went down the toilet since everything on this action-packed show started going stale and ran out of steam with no sufficient new ideas making it obvious by the Winter of 1987 that this show wasn't going in the right direction either which resulted in NBC cancelling the A-TEAM in the Spring of 1987.
Therefore, you could say that Stockwell killed the thunder and popularity of this show causing it to go stale, since the team being for hire and on the run from the military is part of what made The A-Team so popular during the first 4 years of that show, but since Stockwell captured the A-Team in the Fifth Season, it was like the team was kissing up to him ever since in order to keep the military from continuing to attempt catching them, but the A-Team would always seem to be so reluctant going on whatever mission Stockwell assigned them, unlike the case in the first 4 seasons, because for instance, whenever the A-Team got hired after Hannibal would do a screening out process interview with each client who wanted to hire the A-Team in the first 4 years of that show.
Therefore, it was like the team was always kissing ass to Stockwell after Stockwell saved the team from being executed after their trial when things didn't work well for the team in court causing the team to be indebted to Stockwell for the rest of their lives, which I'm sure was another reason why this show tanked in this season.
This 1986-1987 Season also takes me all the way back to memory lane when NBC's motto was "Come Home to NBC", since that was NBC's slogan from the Fall of 1986 thru the Summer of 1987.
The A-Team is from my best 80's shows. So happy there available on DVD. Love Face Man the best , but Murdoch was also my favorite character as well. MR T and Hannibal was also my favorite.......wait.................. there all my favorites!!!
A show with 4 favorites is hard to find, loved every season and episode , cant go wrong with any season there all good. go with the cheapest one .