Type
Scripted
Premiered
Jan. 23, 1983
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
NBC TV Network
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The A-Team

Col. John "Hannibal" Smith and his team were framed for robbing the Bank of Hanoi and sent to a US military prison. They escaped and went on the run, pursued first by Col. Lynch and Col. Decker. While on the lam, they became heroes for hire.

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Dwight SchultzDwight Schultz
Schultz' breakthrough role was the mentally unstable Captain "Howling Mad" Murdock on The A-Team. ...

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Murdock, along with Hannibal Smith, B. A. Baracus, and Templeton "Faceman" Peck make up the A-Team. Although Murdock was not convicted of any crime, as the other three were, he is still a full-fledged member of the team.Considered the best chopper pilot of the Vietnam War, Murdock is officially declared insane (possibly caused by post-traumatic stress disorder) when the other three are imprisoned for robbing the Bank of Hanoi. Although he was alleged to be the A-Team's pilot during the robbery, he is instead committed to a psychiatric hospital. It is sometimes unclear if Murdock is truly insane or only exceptionally good at pretending he is (or a combination of the two). He is stated as having paranoid delusions and intermittent memory loss. It is suggested one has to be insane just to do the stunts he does in his helicopter.
Murdock is committed to a Veterans Administration (VA) Psychiatric Hospital, although he routinely escapes (generally with the help of Face) to accompany the A-Team on their missions. The symptoms of his "insanity" vary from episode to episode, but include self-identification with fictional characters, hallucinations, and belief in the "intelligence" of inanimate objects, among others. He is the most childish of the A-Team as shown that he often plays video games in his room and likes watching cartoons like Woody Woodpecker or Looney Tunes and sometimes will even repeat a Looney Tunes' character's catchphrase like Porky Pig's "th-th-th-that's all folks". He often "channels" a certain character for the duration of a mission (much to the chagrin of B.A.) or becomes fixated on a particular subject to the point of obsession. He also frequently refers to his invisible dog, "Billy". B.A., uneasy with Murdock's unusual behavior, is easily annoyed by Murdock and regularly refers to him as a "crazy fool".



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03x18 - Road Games
Season 3, Episode 18
03x05 - Timber!
Season 3, Episode 05
02x09 - There's Always a Catch
Season 2, Episode 09
03x06 - Double Heat
Season 3, Episode 06
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