YMMV / The A-Team

Series

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Murdock. Is he really insane? Is he just pretending to be insane so he can stay in the VA hospital? Is he both, being actually insane but also pretending to be worse than he really is? It doesn't help that the show itself seems to support different answers in different episodes.
  • Cliché Storm: Which is part of the pun... ah fun.
  • Crazy Awesome: Each and every member of the team to some extent, but Murdock personifies this trope. "Howlin' Mad", right?
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The opening theme song.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Murdock's character was almost written out of the series before it aired, as the producers found the character too "over the top". The popularity of the character among the test audience however convinced the producers to keep the part of Murdock. Fans of the show all over are glad they did.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • A joke by Murdock in "Water, Water Everywhere" where he brags about his matchmaking capabilities references his success with Princess Diana and Prince Charles, at the time recently married.
    • The season 3 episode "The Big Squeeze" has Hannibal faking his own death and funeral in order to trick a racketeer. Now try to watch that scene now that George Peppard died in 1994.
  • Ho Yay: These days, you could look back and spot quite a bit of it, especially between Hannibal and Face, Face and Murdock, and Murdock and B. A. (which might border on Foe Yay at times).
    • In the Season 1 episode "Till Death Do Us Part," Murdock has to help save the client from her evil fiancée by wearing her wedding dress and walking down the aisle. He spends the rest of the episode feeling broken up over leaving the groom at the altar and even writes the man a letter to apologize. It all culminates in these lines:
    Hannibal: Murdock, he was lucky to have you for as short a time as he did.
    Murdock (sniffling): That's beautiful of you to say, Colonel.
    • Strongest example has to be in the third episode of the 5th season - Murdock is so happy to see B.A. that he kisses him all over his face, and when Stockwell tells them they have to move to Virginia, Murdock says "Virginia, that's so far away. B.A. and I, we just got back together." Awwww.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • One of the earliest Internet memes was the "Mr. T versus" comic, which mostly involved editing stills from The A-Team and borrowed heavily from B.A.'s character to describe Mr. T (like claiming Mr. T also had a fear of flying). Some of them also included Murdock to be pitied by Mr. T.
    • I LOVE IT WHEN A PLAN COMES TOGETHER.
  • Narm:
    • Hulk Hogan being casually referred to as "Hulkster" in "Body Slam".
    • And most of the other celebrity appearances for that matter, with the worst probably being the infamous Boy George episode, which culminates with B.A., of all people, grinning like a loon while bopping away to The Culture Club's musical performance. Because nothing speaks to battle-hardened war veterans like the music of a camp, cross-dressing, British pop star.
  • Nightmare Fuel: "A Small and Deadly War": While not quite nightmare-inducing, sweet, kooky Murdock delivering a funeral wreath to one of the villains of the weeknote while singing "The Hearse Song" is somewhat unsettling.
  • Older Than They Think: The designs for both the GMC van and the white Corvette with the red stripe came from the MST3K-featured action parody film Angels Revenge.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Tawnia is this to Amy. Amy at least had some fans; Tawnia was just shoved in because the networks wanted a female character and wasn't all that capable when the team was in the field.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Frankie Santana, a fifth member added to the cast during its last season. His character is almost the same as that of both Face and Murdock. He's Casanova like Face and especially crazy like Murdock. In the first seven episodes of the same season, the writers thought it was a good idea to make Frank a new Murdock to BA (while the real Murdock has been Flanderized into a really sane man). BA even said/make the usual things/threats to Frank he usually says to Murdock. The writers seems to realize it didn't work, so they teamed up Frankie more with Face and Murdock for the remainder of the series.
    • General Hunt Stockwell, for apparently taking over the show, as well his attitude towards the team. Despite being played perfectly by Robert Vaughn, he still remains a Scrappy to many.
    • Tawnia Baker. While Amy did have some popularity, Tawnia was nothing but a boat anchor getting shoehorned into every situation and desperately wanting to be on the team for no reason. Despite the Character Shilling she got, the actors themselves clearly don't want anything to do with her.note 
  • So Cool It's Awesome: The whole point of the series.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • It's hard to imagine Hannibal getting away with yellowface or blackface disguises anymore as he did early in the show's run. The network seemed to be aware of this on some level, as the "Mr. Lee" disguise only appeared once on screen and disappeared from the opening credits past the first season. B.A. made a crack about the low quality of Hannibal's blackface disguise in the very episode in which it appeared, though even the joke itself comes off as bad taste now.
    • It's also hard to imagine Hannibal and Face being able to utter as many sexist comments as they did back then.
    • Main characters on network television aren't generally allowed to smoke on-screen anymore (at least not as often as Hannibal), especially when the show is aimed at children.
    • B.A. thought there was something wrong with the implication that they were gay in "There Goes the Neighborhood".
    • In the same episode where Hannibal is in blackface ("The Rabbit Who Ate Las Vegas"), while undercover Murdock mock-threatens to rape a woman associated with the bad guys.
  • The Woobie: Faceman. His father left him before he was old enough to even remember, no mention of what happened to his mother... all we know is that he wandered into an orphanage when he was five years old. From a young age, he taught himself to con people, seizing at every little opportunity he saw, only to miss out on the big ones because of it—most notably when he conned his childhood friend Barry into giving him concert tickets—while Face was at the concert, a family showed up at the orphanage looking to adopt, and they chose Barry. Granted, that was Face's own fault, but that kind of makes it worse. His college girlfriend Leslie (who he called "The only woman I ever really loved") disappeared with no explanation on the same day he was going to propose to her. He never allowed himself to get too close to another woman after that, so very few of his relationships ever made it past one-night stands. Leslie's disappearance led Face to drop out of college and join the Army where he went through the horrors of the Vietnam War, including spending time in a prison camp, and then he and the rest of the team ended up as fugitives because of something they were ordered to do (he laments in one episode, "Why is it that every time we try to serve our country, we end up behind bars?"). In "Family Reunion", Murdock discovers that A.J. Bancroft, a criminal the team is negotiating with, is Face's father. A.J. begs Murdock not to tell Face—he wants to do it himself. But A.J. chickens out and ends up dying before he can tell Face the truth, leaving Murdock to have to deliver what would have been good news had it come earlier. Plus the number of times Face has been hurt, kidnapped, beaten up by the bad guys... somebody give this guy a hug!

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