Lest ye forget how awesome 'The A-Team' is

Always on in re-runs at my house, The A-Team has to be one of the top 5 television series of all time on whatever list I would consider accurate.

The A-Team told a weekly story about a former commando team in Vietnam who was framed for bad stuff by a shit bag officer. The USAS are trying to track them down but are incompetent fools.

I always imagined that George Peppard's John "Hannibal" Smith was an alias taken by Paul Varjak, as he ran from heartbreak and a failed literary career. Somehow Smith/Varjak become a special forces officer in Viet Nam! Hannibal was the team leader and mastermind.

The Hannibal tagline "I love it when a plan comes together" is quoted by me all the time.

Dirk Benedict would have always been memory-locked as OG BSG's Starbuck, but Templeton "Faceman" Peck is far more fun. I love how struggling, on-the-run former paramilitary fugitives can always find Peck a perfect suit and sportscar.

Dwight Schultz' Captain H.M. 'Howling Mad' Murdock is one of televisions finest characters and serves as an inspiration when I face awkward social situations. When in doubt, throw a colander on your head and lead your imaginary troops into battle! Only Howling Mad could keep Mr. T's Bosco 'BA' Baracus in-line.

Mr. T is absolutely the gold-standard for actors who only portray themselves. BA, which the series was clear to point out stands for "Bad Attitude", was both the muscle and the mechanical mastermind that Hannibal brought to bear on unwilling problems. I always felt that BA was the A-Team's moral center.

It was also unfortunate how frequently they unwillingly forced BA to fly when it clearly made him so uncomfortable.

I would not get in a helicopter with that crazy fool, either!

This series has been off the air for a long time.