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In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didnt commit These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground Today still wanted by the government they survive as soldiers of fortune If you have a problem if no one else can help and if you can find them maybe you can hire the A-Team Most everyone who has been watching television since the 1980s can recognize this introduction as the beginning of every A-Team episode A good handful of these people probably can even sing the theme song which sounds as if it could be piped from the halls of West Point The popularity of the show when it first aired almost single-handedly brought NBC out of its third place slump in the ratings and was one of the networks biggest successes ever1 Yet what secret formula did Stephen J Cannell Executive Producer and the man who started the show going tap into to get the audience to bite Why was everyone so turned on to and tuned in to The A-Team in its first few seasons Were the Am erican audience that thrilled hearing BA Baracus Mr T say Shut up fool were they that interested in seeing if Hannibals George Peppard plan always comes together or was it truly the violence that sold the show Compared to NBCs new experimental shows like Hill Street Blues and St Elsewhere whose innovative use of realism sparked the Third Golden Age of Television and quality TV as we know it The A-Team TAT is just another parody of the actionadventure genre Or is it The truth is The A-Team s popularity was so brilliant because it provided something for everyone TAT created a new genre by mixing old
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