The A-Team (1983–1987)
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Trial by Fire 

Betrayed by Josh Curtis, the A-Team has finally been captured and is put on trial for the murder of their commanding officer in Vietnam, Col Samuel Morrison. In court they recall exactly ... See full summary »


Les Sheldon


Frank Lupo (created by), Stephen J. Cannell (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Peppard ... John 'Hannibal' Smith
Dirk Benedict ... Templeton 'Faceman' Peck
Dwight Schultz ... 'Howling Mad' Murdock
Mr. T ... B.A. Baracus
Robert Vaughn ... General Hunt Stockwell
Eddie Velez ... Frankie Santana
David Ackroyd ... Major Laskov
Byrne Piven ... Bennie Conway
Sandy McPeak ... Josh Curtis
J.A. Preston ... Judge
Dana Lee ... Colonel Chun Van Quyet
Robert Darnell ... Marco Vitane
Judith Ledford Judith Ledford ... Carla
Lance LeGault ... Colonel Roderick Decker
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Betrayed by Josh Curtis, the A-Team has finally been captured and is put on trial for the murder of their commanding officer in Vietnam, Col Samuel Morrison. In court they recall exactly what happened during that fateful bank job on 27 January 1971. New evidence implies that Morrison was working with the Viet Cong and that Murdock may have discovered it. When The A-Team is asked to incriminate their favorite pilot, Hannibal makes a startling decision. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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Release Date:

3 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


J.A. Preston, who portrays the military judge in this episode, would later go on to portray the military judge in A Few Good Men. See more »


In this episode it is revealed that the A-Team got their name during the Vietnam War. But in the pilot episode The A-Team: Mexican Slayride it is a journalist who came up with the name ("Action-Team" in full). See more »


Benny Conway: [shouting] Are you out of your minds?
Lt. Templeton "Faceman" Peck: Well, it wouldn't be the first time we were accused of it.
Benny Conway: Nobody tries to plead guilty in a capital case!
Col. John "Hannibal" Smith: A man can only live with his guilt for so long.
Sgt. Bosco "B.A." Baracus: Yeah. We hate guilt.
Benny Conway: But we are winning! Their case is shot full of holes and once Colonel Quyet testifies, it will be shot down entirely.
Lt. Templeton "Faceman" Peck: Uh, would you mind not using words like 'full of holes', 'shot down;' I mean, it conjures up such a negative image.
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References Fantasy Island (1977) See more »

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28 January 2020 | by MiketheWhistleSee all my reviews

I'm not going to even try and do goofs as to the plethora of military errors. This is the first time for me seeing the 5th season and I can now understand some of the comments regarding why it collapsed. I hate the new opening, for being in the 5th season one would think the # of errors that could get thru would be limited whereas this ep is simply filled with them. The acting was subpar. I though Mr. T's performance as BA, ie bad attitude, was long the lines of William Shatner in Star Trek which is overacting. Bottom line, I understand. Also as an aside, it's too bad that they couldn't get Tia Carrera out of her contract because she would have been so much better than Frankie who is awful.

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