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'The A-Team' (1983)
The plot: In the two-hour pilot episode, the crew of Vietnam vets escape from prison to the Los Angeles underground. They dedicate themselves to help the good people of the world -- in this case protecting them from Mexican drug dealers -- while on the run. / How many watched: 21.9 million / Touchdown or fumble: Touchdown. The popular action-adventure series had premiered just a week before, and it quickly proved to be a ton of fun and built a fan base that's still thriving today, although it remained in production only through 1986. A film based on "The A-Team" was released in 2010. Dirk Benedict, left, George Peppard and Mr. T epitomized the show's true 1980s style.