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Published:March 24th, 2007 11:20 EST
The A-Team begins their final missions on DVD

The A-Team begins their final missions on DVD

By Garrett Godwin

In 1972, a crack commando unit was sentenced to prison by a military prison for a crime they didn't commit.  However, they escaped and have been living underground in Los Angeles for over a decade.  Though wanted by the government, they survived as soldiers of fortune.  They were mainly modern-day Robin Hoods, aiding those that others wouldn't while staying one step ahead of the law.  If you have a problem that no one can solve, and if you can find them, then hire The A-Team.

Debuted as mid-season replacement for NBC in January 1983, The A-Team follows the adventures of Hannibal, Faceman, Murdock, and B.A. as they fight for those that can't defend themselves while still on the run from the Army.  For four seasons, the team has been pursued by Colonel Lynch, then Decker, and General Fulbright, but always managed to outsmart them.  Now, after almost 15 years, they have finally been caught in the fifth and final season of The A-Team, available on DVD.

Featuring all 13 episodes plus an interview with creator, writer, and executive producer Stephen J. Cannell, this season finds our heroes working for Uncle Sam on behalf of the mysterious Hunt Stockwell (Robert Vaughn) to earn their pardons.  Plus, Murdock is no longer sane.  Joining them is special-effects master, Frankie Santana (Eddie Velez). 

Season five was the last as NBC cancelled the series in March 1987, with the last original episode, "Without Reservations".  However, the show did have a finale with "The Grey Team", in which the team tried to decide what to do once they've been pardoned: fight the bad guys, help people, and save the day. 

Still, this season wasn't better than the last four because of the format change.  Instead of working outside the system as well as working for themselves and playing by their rules, The A-Team were working inside the system as well as working for someone else.  The series didn't receive the proper closure as it should have. 

But you decide when you get The A-Team: The Final Season, available on DVD...sucker!