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The A-Team (season 1)
The A-Team season 1.jpg
Original season 1 DVD cover
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes14
Release
Original networkNBC
Original releaseJanuary 23 (1983-01-23) -
May 10, 1983 (1983-05-10)
Season chronology
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List of The A-Team episodes

The first season of the action-adventure television series The A-Team premiered in the United States on NBC on January 23, 1983, and concluded on May 10, 1983, consisting of 14 episodes.

Cast

Episodes

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
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"Mexican Slayride"Rod HolcombFrank Lupo & Stephen J. CannellJanuary 23, 1983 (1983-01-23)

Newspaper reporter Amy Allen sets out to prove that The A-Team - an elite US Special Forces commando unit from the Vietnam War convicted of a crime they did not commit - really exists and are working on the side of the law as mercenaries. After passing several tests she ends up hiring them to rescue one of her fellow reporters, Al Massey, who has been kidnapped by Mexican bandits led by Malavida Valdez. The A-Team -- Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith, Lieutenant Templeton "The Faceman" Peck ("Face"), and Sergeant Bosco Albert "B.A." Baracus -- travel to Mexico by plane, piloted by their fearless but clinically insane pilot, Captain H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock. After fighting off the bandits with equipment the Team have scammed and scavenged, they are soon are soon captured by a band of guerrilla soldiers whose leader, Colonel Flores, is working with Valdez. In the final battle they are assisted by the villagers and with their help, the A-Team is able to overthrow both the bandits and guerrillas, save the reporter and make their way home. Once home, Amy Allen blackmails her way onto the team.

  • Rated PG for violence and smoking.
  • Originally shown as a Two-hour Pilot Movie, but in syndication is shown as 2 separate episodes.
33"Children of Jamestown"Christian I. Nyby IIStephen J. CannellJanuary 30, 1983 (1983-01-30)

The A-Team is hired to rescue a wealthy man's daughter from a religious cult, led by the insane Reverend James. The rescue is successful, but the team is caught by the cult. Murdock has to return to rescue the rest of the team. After escaping, the A-team hide out at a nearby farm. The military police come to arrest the A-Team and instead arrest the religious cult. Humorously, the only reason Hannibal seems to have for wanting to get back at Reverend James was because he stole his boots (which Hannibal recovers in the final scene of the episode).

Special Guest Star: John Saxon as Rev. Martin James
44"Pros and Cons"Ron SatlofStephen J. CannellFebruary 8, 1983 (1983-02-08)

B.A.'s friend Jase is sent to a prison, where he must fight in death matches for the amusement of the warden and several high-profile gamblers. Jase is able to escape but is captured again in front of B.A., who enlists the other members of the A-Team to help out his friend. In the end, they use the camera for the fights to get the warden and everyone else involved on film; the warden is fired and Jase is revealed to have already served his time, since the warden trumped up fake crimes to keep him around. At the beginning and end of the episode, Hannibal (disguised as his own agent) is trying to get another job for himself; when the news about the A-Team's efforts hit the TVs, he humorously almost reveals he was involved.

Special Guest Star: Meeno Peluce as Joey Tataro
55"A Small and Deadly War"Ron SatlofFrank LupoFebruary 15, 1983 (1983-02-15)

Police Inspector Ed Maloney seeks the A-Team's help in bringing down a renegade LAPD SWAT team that has been committing crimes for money. As pointed out by B.A., "It's like the A-Team is going up against themselves"; they bug the SWAT team's uniforms to collect intel, saving a target and aggravating their leader. In the end, the A-Team succeeds in the capture of three members of the SWAT team, while convincing another to snitch on them. Meeting up with Maloney, the A-Team returns the pay he had given them, with their expenses deducted.

  • Guest stars:
  • Jack Ging as Capt. Stark
  • Dean Stockwell as Officer Collins
  • Norman Alden as Inspector Ed Maloney
  • Al White as Officer Steven Meadows
  • Fil Formiloca as Shaeffer
  • Carol Baxter as Nurse
  • Ismael Carlo as Delgado
  • Lew Palter as Desk Sergeant
  • Connie Downing as Bonnie Webb
  • Dave Morick as Mickey
  • Rhonda Shear as Waitress
66"Black Day at Bad Rock"Christian I. Nyby IIPatrick HasburghFebruary 22, 1983 (1983-02-22)

B.A. Baracus has - under unknown circumstances - received a .50 calibre gunshot wound in the leg, forcing Hannibal and Face to take him to a small town doctor for help. Due to B.A.'s appearance and rudeness, the doctor assumes that he is a part of a group of bikers that has threatened to return to Bad Rock for their captured leader; she calls the sheriff, who arrests Hannibal and Face. In the meantime, Amy is forced to bring Murdock to Bad Rock to give B.A. blood. Hannibal and Face's prints are taken, alerting Lynch to their location; however, they manage to escape and imprison the sheriff. They convince the doctor to give B.A. a blood transfusion, which has a small effect on his personality. Not wanting to feel responsible for leaving Bad Rock defenseless, the A-Team allies with the sheriff to set up traps to defeat the bikers. The A-Team takes off right as Lynch arrives in pursuit.

77"The Rabbit Who Ate Las Vegas"Bruce KesslerFrank LupoMarch 1, 1983 (1983-03-01)

The A-Team are called to Las Vegas by two college girls to search for their missing professor Bruce Warfel who developed the perfect gambling system. The team rescue him from Gianni Christian, a high-ranking mobster, whose thugs couldn't understand the professor's explanations as to how his method works (though Murdock understands easily). However, their "ride into the sunset" moment is cut short when Gianni is thrown to his death and the team becomes the prime suspects because of their scam/rescue. With a bounty out and Hannibal's face captured on camera, the A Team quickly figure out that Gianni's #2 guy killed him; they arrange for his arrest while escaping before Lynch arrives.

  • Guest stars:
  • Richard Romanus as Jackie Martell
  • Terence McGovern as Prof. Bruce Warfel
  • Luke Andreas as Jilly
  • Kitty Mofatt as Darlene
  • Floyd Levine as Carmine
  • Charles Cioffi as Gianni Christian
  • Michelle Avonne as Sue Beth
  • Richard Reicheg as Mr. DeSapio
  • Tracy Scoggins as Elly Payne
  • Christopher Thomas as Hotel Desk Clerk
  • Michael Laurence as Newsreader
  • Alma Beltran as Maid
  • James Dybas as Doorman
  • Timothy Prager as Florist Messenger
88"The Out-of-Towners"Chuck BowmanFrank LupoMarch 15, 1983 (1983-03-15)

The A-Team is called to New York City by a community of small business owners, who are being abused by a wealthy businessman that's forcing them into a protection racket. The team forgoes payment out of concern for the businesses, deciding to force the brute into paying back all the money he's taken. Hannibal has trash dumped at the club the thugs reside at, calling them in for a final reckoning. At the same time, Face has to trap a rude, ignorant rider in his taxi cab before the fight; humorously, Face told him numerous times that he was off duty to get rid of him.

99"Holiday in the Hills"Arnold LavenBabs GreyhoskyMarch 22, 1983 (1983-03-22)
The A-Team is coming back to the USA after a job in Guatemala in a Lockheed L-10 Electra airplane "borrowed" and piloted by Murdock (with B.A. conveniently sedated) when after an engine failure they are forced to an emergency landing in the backwoods of South Carolina. There, they come across a group of men trying to burn another man at the stake. Saving the man, they must then defend their position by the plane and hope to make their way home.
1010"West Coast Turnaround"Guy MagarStory by: Babs Greyhosky
Teleplay by: Stephen J. Cannell and Patrick Hasburgh
April 5, 1983 (1983-04-05)

The A-Team are called in to protect a small-time farmer in delivering his produce to the market. Blocking them is the land-hungry Chuck Easterman, who has control of most of the town. They have to fight the clock as the produce slowly starts to rot. In the ensuing battle, Amy loses her brand new car; Face is forced to give up a large percentage of the A-Team's share in the sell of the watermelons to cover it.

Special Guest Star: Stuart Whitman as Chuck Easterman.
1111"One More Time"Arnold LavenStory by: Babs Greyhosky
Teleplay by: Frank Lupo and Patrick Hasburgh
April 12, 1983 (1983-04-12)

The Military Police finally capture the A-Team but Lynch doesn't get much of a chance to gloat about it when a high ranking State Department official steps in and coerces the Team into a covert operation to rescue the team's former commanding officer, General Ludlum, who, along with his daughter, has been captured by a power hungry dictator in Borneo. B.A is especially reluctant to go, as the officer court-martialed him in Vietnam, for which B.A broke his nose. Unfortunately, the team is given incorrect information about the enemy compound and are captured; they are believed to be legitimate American agents, no matter how many times Hannibal tries to correct them.

  • Guest stars:
  • Edward Grover as Major Briggs
  • Alan Fudge as Mr. Perry
  • Nico Mindaros as Rashaam
  • Warren J. Kemmerling as General Ludlam
  • Amy Steel as Kathy Ludlam
  • Danny Wells as Film Director
  • Barbra Horan as Rhonda
  • Dean Santoro as Aide
  • William Lucking as Col. Lynch
  • Dennis Haysbert as Psych Staff Ward
  • Casey King as Assistant Director
  • Patrick Cameron as Guard
  • Rick Fitts as Burrows
  • Robb Madrid as Sergeant at Arms
  • Judd Omen as Guerrilla
1212"Till Death Do Us Part"Guy MagarBabs GreyhoskyApril 19, 1983 (1983-04-19)
The A-Team must rescue a reluctant bride from the hands of her would-be husband, a sociopath murderer and former business partner of her late father. With the team's arrival on the late side, Face becomes the target for Hannibal's newest plan: to wed the bride. The plan succeeds, and the A-Team retrieve a tape from a recording left by the bride's father that recorded the murder. In an ironic twist, the team escapes via helicopter, but only B.A. comes out a crash-landing unscathed due to being unconscious and therefore not tense during the landing.
1313"The Beast from the Belly of a Boeing"Ron SatlofPatrick HasburghMay 3, 1983 (1983-05-03)
The A-Team are called in to rescue a hijacked Boeing 747. In doing so, B.A. must overcome his fear of flying in order to rescue Hannibal and Face (in disguise), who willingly give themselves up to the hijackers in exchange for the hostages. When Murdock is blinded after a gun goes off close to his face by one of the hijackers, Hannibal must fly a plane for the first time.
1414"A Nice Place to Visit"Bernard McEveetyFrank LupoMay 10, 1983 (1983-05-10)

The A-Team find themselves in a small town, paying respects to a fallen comrade from the Vietnam War. While there, they discover that the four Watkins brothers rule the town with intimidation, even so much as to warn the townspeople to stay away from the funeral. The A-Team then seek to avenge his murder and bring his killers to justice.

Special Guest Stars: Don Stroud as Deke Watkins


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