Thursday, May 26, 2011

The A-Team, Mr. T, and the Greatest American Hero

Updated to incorporate the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia.

OK, now I'm going to get some flack here.  I just got down telling people I don't like to conflate characters based on Same Actor Theory, but I'm going to do it here, but it really makes sense to do so here, and I will do my best to make it work.

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1952--During this year, I postulate that two cousins were born.  Identical cousins.  Hey, this is a very common phenomenon in the TVCU, as demonstrated by many, many TV shows.  So these two cousins who are born are the children of two sisters, Mrs. Baracus and Mrs. Lang.  Both of them have of course the same maiden name, which starts with a T.  The two children go on separate paths.  One will become known as Bosco "Bad Attitude" Baracus and will join the military and become a hero.  Meanwhile "Clubber" Lang will enter into the sports world, sometimes using the stage name of Mr. T.  Sometimes, with or without permission, B.A. will pose as Mr. T, and helping that ruse, Mr. T even gets the job to play his cousin B.A. on a dramatized version of B.A.'s exploits with the A-Team while they work as soldiers for hire.


1972--THE A-TEAM--"Intro"--"In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire... The A-Team."  

1981 to 1983--GREATEST AMERICAN HERO--This is the only crossover link for this show, so I'm going to talk about it a little.  Teacher Ralph Hinkley is given a super-suit by aliens.  The suit only works for Ralph and gives him super powers much like Superman.  The suit comes with instructions which Ralph loses.  Ralph works with Bill Maxwell, which is what the aliens want.  This show is a perfect example of how I feel super-heroes operate in the TVCU.  Here, he is running around in a red costume and a cape, flying and crashing through things, but only Maxwell and Ralph's girlfriend know about him and the suit.  Sure, sometimes people see him in public, but they just think he's a nut job.  And yes, the criminals see it, and sometimes they keep quiet out of fear of being though crazy.  And when they do talk, that's usually what happens.  In the final episode, Ralph is forced to give the suit to a woman who continues using it to fight crime.

1982--ROCKY III--Under the alias of Clubber Lang, B.A. beats Rocky Balboa and wins the championship, though a short time later, Rocky wins it back.  Note that Rocky is also in the Army Reserves, where he trains members of G.I. Joe in boxing skills.  See the next entry for why this entry is here.

1982--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--B.A. fights the Thing.  See  I know a lot of people complain about my inclusion of THE LOST ISSUES as they are basically visual fan fic.  But this one her supports my theory from the 1952 entry.  Based on this cover, Mr. T. is Clubber Lang.

1982--INSPECTOR GADGET--Mr. Roarke's midget assistant Tattoo is attending a Minions Anonymous meeting.  Inspector Clouseau's Cato is also attending, as is B.A.

April 1982--GREATEST AMERICAN HERO--"Captain Bellybuster and the Speed Factory"--Hamburger Haven is a fast food franchise whose mascot is Captain Bellybuster.  But the company is trafficking drugs. Ralph gets help from the actor who plays Captain Bellybuster to take down the drug ring.  Captain Bellybuster at the end decides he can't work for Hamburger Haven anymore.

1982--TWILIGHT THEATER--Mr. T meets Pee-Wee Herman.

October 1982--SILVER SPOONS--"Me and Mr. T"--Mr. T is hired to be Ricky's bodyguard.

October 2, 1982--SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE--Mr. T appears.  (Not Skitlandia, since it's actually Mr. T appearing as Mr. T.)

1983 to 1987--THE A-TEAM--Four former Special Forces members who were framed remain on the run while working as mercenaries for hire, but only when the cause it just.  Eventually they get captured, and put to work for the government.  The team's adventures are also adapted as comics in LOOK-IN and TV COMIC.  There were also several novels.

1983--NBC SATURDAY MORNING PREVIEW:  THE YUMMY AWARDS--Mr. T wins an award for his work with the U.S. Gymnastics Team.

April 1983--THE A-TEAM--"Till Death Do Us Part"--The team grab food at Hamburger Haven, and Murdoch gets a Captain Bellybuster hat which inspires him to act like the franchise mascot for the remainder of their current mission, driving B.A. nuts.  We can only assume the company changed hands when the old owner was arrested, and the new owners convinced the actor to stay or (since the actor doesn't appear), they got a new actor to play the character, since they probably own the rights to the character, not the actor.

1983 to 1985--MISTER T--Mr. T coaches the U.S. Gymnastics Team.  This is Clubber Lang.  There is a reference at one point where one of the gymnasts mentions Mister T's fear of flying.  But Mr. T says not to worry about it and willingly flies.  This is very different than B.A., who has to be knocked out or drugged to fly.  It must be that the teen gymnast was confusing a trait of B.A., a character who Mister T was playing on TV (and who was his identical cousin), for the actor and his coach, Mister T aka Clubber Lang.


September 1983--ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS--"The C-Team"--Mr. T meets the Chipmunks.  This is a crossover with the MISTER T cartoon.  I had previously thought the 80s series had to take place in the 60s, but then Matt Hickman pointed out to me that the Chipmunks have referenced that they started out in the 60s but now it was the 80s.  They even had a time travel segment, though it was not canon as it was a film made by the Chipmunks.  So I should want to place the Chipmunks in the Looniverse.  MISTER T has also appeared  on HOUSE OF MOUSE, so it could be.  But the Chipmunks also crossed with THE WOLF MAN!  So I really want to keep them in the TVCU.  Talking, singing chipmunks that go to school and are world famous rock stars, and immortal?  Sure, why not?  In the cartoon, apparently, Mr. T voices Mr. T.  So though it's a parody of the A-Team, Mr. T is the actor.  Thus, for the TVCU, this is Clubber Lang, who does indeed play his cousin B.A. on the televised dramatization of the A-Team, so still has an association fit for the parody.  Note also while the Chipmunks are acting as heroes, they encounter a Frankenstein creature.  See the video below.

1983--THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO:  THE FAN SERIES--Ralph and Bill continue to fight crime.

October 1983--DIFF'RENT STROKES--"Mr. T and mr. t"--OK, here's the plot as seen on TV.  The A-Team show is being filmed outside Arnold's building.  The girl he likes has taken a liking to Mr. T, so to impress her, Arnold shaves his head into a mohawk.  Now, what I say happened in the TVCU:  Pretty much the same exact thing.  Except that Mr. T is of course Clubber Lang, acting on the television show where he plays his cousin, B.A.

1984--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Ralph Hinckley seeks training from Ben Grimm. See

1984--HET-A-TEAM IN NEDERLAND--The A-Team go on a dangerous mission in the Netherlands where they actually have to flee.

March 1984--THE A-TEAM (MARVEL COMICS) # 1 TO 3--I used to own this series but I can't recall the plot.  I'm sure there where helicopters, machine guns, and explosions.

March 1984 to March 1986--WWF CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING--Mr. T has a career as a professional wrestler in a world where wrestling is real.

October 1984--WORLD PRO WRESTLING--Mr. T appears as a wrestler.

March 30, 1985--SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE--Boxer Mr. T and wrestler Hulk Hogan host SNL.  Hulk Hogan was friends with Mr. T's cousin, B.A., during the war.

March 1985--WRESTLEMANIA--Hulk Hogan and Mr. T are a tag team against Paul Orndorff and Roddy Piper.

May 1985--THE A-TEAM--"Incident at Crystal Lake"--All the action takes place at or around Crystal Lake.  There's nothing to really contradict it being that Crystal Lake.

1985--THE GREATEST AMERICAN HEROINE--Ralph's secret identity is revealed and he becomes a celebrity, which goes to his head.  Thus the aliens take the suit from him and give it to a woman who trains under Bill and uses her powers to do exciting things like rescue kittens.  I'm sure the aliens found a way to discredit Ralph (and maybe Bill helped) so that it turned out the public thought it was all a hoax.  Note in July 2008 it was announced that there will be a GAH comic, but I don't know when it will be placed.  Also note there is a GAH fan page on Facebook, and the actor William Katt is one of the admins.  This actually works with Ralph's celebrity.  Ralph would still try to keep his fame alive by having his own Facebook page.  I have moved this final episode of the series to a year earlier.  The show actually ended in 1983, and this final episode was made in 1986. But there's no reason it couldn't have happened in 1985.  Why is that important?  In July 1985, the Crisis on Infinite Earths happened.  Due to the reality altering affects, and the interference of several powerful beings, most of the world was made to forget about the existence of aliens, super-humans, and costumed crime fighters.  So Ralph may have gone public, but then, the world forgot. Ralph himself remembered, and he and Bill may have tried to keep people remembering, which is why they are part of pop culture history, but nobody really remembers the full events anymore, especially the outing.

November 1985--THE A-TEAM--"Body Slam"--This episode reveals that Hulk Hogan fought in Vietnam and was friends with B.A.  Note that I feel this a crossover that brings in the WWF.  Wrestling is fake, and thus it's fiction.  So in the TVCU, it's all real.

January 1986--THE A-TEAM--"Wheel of Fortune"--Using Face's theory of how to win, Murdoch wins big on Wheel of Fortune including a car and a Hawaiian vacation for two.  However, before Murdoch can take the vacation, he's abducted by the CIA for a government mission. Eventually, he manages to take the vacation...with a hottie and not Face.

February 1986--THE A-TEAM--"Cowboy George"--The team meet Boy George.

February 1986--SEINFELD--"The Susie"--The series events actually take place before the show aired, thus it's placement here.  George Constanza has an answering machine message that spoofs the theme to the Greatest American Hero.  Just a year earlier, Ralph went public.  However, that song was a hit in 1981, even in the TVCU.  Likely though, the song was played at press conferences and appearances, thus Ralph and the song were linked publicly.  However, the events of the Crisis have made everyone forget about Super-Ralph as being a real super-hero.

March 1986--THE A-TEAM--"The Trouble with Harry"--Hulk Hogan tags along on a mission.

April 1986--WRESTLEMANIA 2--Mr. T goes up against Roddy Piper in a boxing match.

May 1986--THE A-TEAM--"The Little Town with an Accent"--Murdoch is posing as a gas station attendant when a customer comes in asking for directions to Mockingbird Lane, which of course is where the Munsters live. 

September 1986--THE A-TEAM--"Season Five"--The team is finally captured, tried, convicted, and sentenced to death.  But their deaths are faked and the team is forced to now work for the government...doing exactly what they had been doing for years, helping out people in need.

November 1986--THE A-TEAM--"The Crystal Skull"--The team find a crystal skull in Australia that brings them bad luck.

June to August 1987--WWF SUPERSTARS--Mr. T is still a wrestler.

1988--LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN--"1988, America"--When war-hero-turned-handyman Kesuke Miyagi is found drained of blood, it becomes clear that the occult gang known as the Lost Boys are targeting the only individuals that can stop them from complete domination of America. It's the perfect case for the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen--except that their government contact, Oscar Goldman, disbanded the team in 1979 after they defeated Mr. Han's army of the living dead.

Now, disgraced scientist Emmet Brown has to put together a new team to combat the growing threat of the Lost Boys and their leader, a newly resurrected vampire kingpin Tony Montana: Transportation specialist Jack Burton, ex-commando B.A. Baracus, tech wizard Angus MacGyver and the mysteriously powerful femme fatale known only as "Lisa." But will Brown be able to stop the Lost Boys before time runs out?

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This was a April Fool's Day joke that got lots of us very excited when we thought it was real.  However, it is real enough for the TVCU.  The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was a graphic novel which appears in Crossovers.  Note only the first two volumes (and this) are in the TVCU.  Kesuke Miyagi is from THE KARATE KID.  Thus this brings in the whole film series.  THE LOST BOYS is from a series of films, which are now brought in.  (Some have suggested the town of those films is really Sunnydale.)  Oscar Goldman is from CHARLIE'S ANGELS, which is already in.  Mr. Han is from FAST TIMES AS RIDGEMONT HIGH, bringing that film in.  Emmet Brown is from BACK TO THE FUTURE, which is already in.  Tony Montana is from SCARFACE, bringing that film in.  Jack Burton is from BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, which is in Crossovers.  Angus MacGyver is from MACGYVER, which bring in this series, and MACGRUBER.  We know where B.A. Baracus is from, I hope by now.  Lisa is from WEIRD SCIENCE.  This is the film version, which confirms Shermer, IL in the TVCU (thus confirming that Jay and Silent Bob are not good at navigation.)  The TV Lisa is also in the TVCU.  Eventually, I will do a Shermer blog, and straighten out how both versions coexist.  Likely the show is in the TVCU2.

Pictures of former League members....Top Left is Jill Monroe from CHARLIE'S ANGELS.  I think the top center guy is SERPICO.  Can someone verify that for me?  Top right is Rocky Balboa from  the ROCKY FILMS.  Bottom left is John Shaft from SHAFT.  Bottom middle is the Bandit from SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT.  Bottom right is Steve Austin from the SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN.

1989--WWF:  WRESTLEMANIA'S GREATEST MATCHES--Mr. T appears to discuss and introduce his matches.

Release Date: September 28, 2011 - present at this writing (Setting is late 1980s and early 1990s within the Ghostbusters continuity despite having some references that would argue a contemporary setting)
Series: Ghostbusters
Horror Crosses: Supernatural
Non-Horror Crosses: A-Team; Back to the Future; Knight Rider; Beverly Hills Cop; Blues Brothers; Alice in Wonderland
The Story: More adventures of the Ghostbusters in the era just following the Real Ghostbusters cartoon and comic.

Notes: Back to the Future, Supernatural and Alice in Wonderland are already in, but this series brings in the A-Team, Knight Rider, Beverly Hills Cop, and the Blues Brothers.

September 1990--BRAVE AND THE BOLD...THE LOST ISSUES--Batman III (Bruce Wayne Junior) and Mr. T.  See

October 1990--OUT OF THIS WORLD--"New Kid on the Block"--Mr. T makes and appearance in this show about a girl who is half alien.

February 1994--BLOSSOM--"A Little Help From My Friends"--Not sure the plot but Mr. T appears.  Blossom is already in from the Earth Day Special.

May 1994--BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER--"Go Fish"--In a list of what Xander calls "good teams", one of those he calls "The A".

July 1994--WCW BASH AT THE BEACH--More wresting appearances.

October 1994--HALLOWEEN HAVOC--Mr. T is a special guest referee at a wrestling match.

December 1994--STARRCADE--Mr. T wrestles Kevin Sullivan.

1995--SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE--"THE NEW ADVENTURES OF MR. T"--This is a TV Funhouse segment that is done in the style of the Mr. T cartoon.  In it, it implies that Mr. T hasn't worked in 10 years. I'm presuming that to mean 10 years after the cartoon ended.  I can't place it later because the same kids are in it.  Even though they haven't aged, I'm presuming they are older, but the youngest one just ended up being short as an adult.

May 1997--SUDDENLY SUSAN--"I'll See That and Raise You Susan"--Mr. T appears, bringing this show in.

December 1997--FRIENDS--"The One Where They're Going to a Party!"--discussing job possibilities, Phoebe says, "Besides, it might be fun to form the new A-Team."

May 1998--SOUTH PARK--"Ike's Wee Wee"--When Mr. Mackey relapses, the school hires the A-TEAM to capture him and bring him to rehab.

Release Date: 1999 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Gen13
Horror Crosses: Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
Non-Horror Crosses: Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos
The Story: The team deals with an open Hellmouth in Vegas.

Notes: This cross bings more super-heroes into the Horror Universe, but with connections to Buffy (a Hellmouth) and Lovecraft (an appearance of the De Vermis Mysteriis), I have no choice. Crossoverist James Bojaciuk has pointed out to me that the team leader John Lynch is meant to be an aged Nick Fury. Interestingly, in the A-Team film (which is not in the Horror Universe), Lynch is a typical false identity used by CIA agents.

2001--THE SLIM SHADY SHOW--The A Team rescues Kenny after he's kidnapped by the main characters,

November 19, 2001--WWF RAW--Hopefully he wasn't wrestling, but this was an era when many senior citizens were still wrestling.

2002--ALI G INDAHOUSE--When asked about defence budget cuts in Parliament Ali G answers "We is gonna call the A-Team".

October 2002--HOUSE OF MOUSE--"House Ghosts"--Mr. T is transported to the Looniverse where he visits the club called the House of Mouse.  Also appearing are Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Chernabog (FANTASIA), Pete (GOOF TROOP), Ed the Hyena (LION KING), Goofy, Pluto, Panic (HERCULES), Pain (HERCULES), Magic Mirror (SNOW WHITE), Daisy Duck, Mike (original character in this show), Pummba (LION KING), Timon (LION KING), and Minnie Mouse.

2003--CELEBRITY DEATHMATCH (VIDEO GAME)--Note that though Mr. T competes, it's likely not really him.  Celebrities fight to the death, and then are seen again.  I believe that scientist/wrestler Steve Austin clones celebrities to fight.  (Though sometimes the real celebrities appear, such as when Austin brought the Three Stooges forward in time to fight the Three Tenors.)

July 2004--JOHNNY BRAVO--"T is for Trouble"--Mr. T is pulled again into the Looniverse, where he meets Johnny Bravo.  I feel that some of these trips are astral, meaning that the soul leaves the body while they are sleeping and travels to the Looniverse.  That would explain how people seem to visit the Looniverse without going into shock, and how they return as if nothing had happened.  To them it was just a dream.

October 2004--GILMORE GIRLS--"Tippecanoe and Taylor, Too"--The GAH theme song is played by a band at a political inauguration. Probably unrelated to Ralph Hinkley but mentioned for attempt at completeness.

October 2004--EASTENDERS--"Mickey says to Zoe, "And look at my Dad, he still believes in The A Team."  Note that Eastenders is shown to exist in the Doctor Who Universe per Dimensions in Time and in the TVCU per League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

November 2005--FAMILY GUY--"Brian Goes Back to College"--After he is fired from his job at The New Yorker, Brian encounters a “No Dogs Allowed” sign, hears a booming voice enforcing the rule and then lays on top of a doghouse. This parodies the Peanuts character Snoopy in the 1972 film Snoopy, Come Home.  The beginning of this episode was used in the animated version of the Internet comic VG Cats. This can be found on boe entertainment.  Thomas Paul Jennings adds:  "In the A-Team episode of Family Guy before the logo of The A-Team appears in its red background there's a house that looks like the Simpsons but shorter."

2006--HULK HOGAN:  THE ULTIMATE ANTHOLOGY--Mr. T gives commentary.

2006--BRING BACK...THE A-TEAM--A documentary filmmaker attempts to get the now disbanded team to reform, though sadly without Hannibal, who has passed away.

February 2007--AMERICAN DAD!--"Black Mystery Month"--In the strip-club scene, the members of The A-Team are all present. In the establishing shot; Hannibal is front left, Faceman is front right, and B.A. (wearing a grey baseball cap) is back left, Murdoch is back right (wearing his brown leather jacket and blue baseball cap).

May 2007--MY NAME IS EARL--"The Trial"--There is a Mr. T impersonator (actually played by Mr. T.)

June 2007--STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP--"K&R"--Mary, talking about Trask Security's plan to rescue Tom's brother, says that she is a lawyer and not with the A-Team.

March 2008--BIG BANG THEORY--"The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarization"--Yes, this is a weak one, and you can feel free to ignore it if you wish.  Simply, a nerd is wearing a red shirt with the super suit symbol.  Now, I have the same shirt, so not really a crossover.  But based on the celebrity that led to Ralph losing the suit, it certainly could have led to merchandising.  

September 2008--IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA--"The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis"--The guys decide to take action, with Mac as the brains, Dennis as the looks, and Charlie as the wild card.  Mac explains that this is a winning formula for this sort of team, and cites the Ghostbusters, Scooby-Doo, and the A-Team as examples of past successful teams using this formula.

Release Date: October 15, 2009 (Setting is 1700s to Contemporary Times)
Series: King Kong (Original)
Horror Crosses: King Kong (2005 remake); War of the Worlds (novel); War of the Worlds (radio); The Mummy (remake film series); Jurassic Park (film series); Kong: the Animated Series; Jurassic Park (novel)
Non-Horror Crosses: Buckaroo Banzai; Tarzan; Flash Gordon; Tales of the Gold Monkey; Journey to the Center of the Earth; Tales of the Shadowmen; Doc Savage; Indiana Jones; Mighty Joe Young; A-Team; Fu Manchu
The Story: Author John Small discovers that the film King Kong was based on true events and gathers research on the true events of the film and the follow-up events that have happened since.

Notes: John Small uses a popular Farmerian method (named for Philip Jose Farmer) in which he places himself in the world of fiction, imagining that fictional stories are based on true events. Here, he melds together the original Kong story, and its sequels, prequels, and remakes, and makes them all fit into one coherent reality. Along the way, he throws in references to other fictional characters who must have been involved in such events based on their stature and the nature of the event. John Small makes official my conjecture that the 2005 film by Peter Jackson is the same events as the original film, just retold with dramatic license from Mr. Jackson. In explaining how the events of Kong could have happened in a world where most people are unaware of the supernatural and the extraordinary, he references other events that have later been covered up, despite their overly public exposure, such as the 1898 and 1938 Martian invasions from War of the Worlds, and the invasion of Mongo from Flash Gordon. DOC SAVAGE and TARZAN employ Denham to return to Skull Island to do documentary filming. Skull Island is said to be "the Menace of the Monsters". Joining in on the expedition were INDIANA JONES, Alex O'Connell (famous for taking down THE MUMMY), and Joshua Williams (from "Joshua Williams Breaks a Date"). (TARZAN couldn't make it due to events seen in TARZAN ALIVE). Roland Tembo is among the expedition as well. Tembo's CINEVERSE counterpart appears in THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK. SON OF KONG is a fictionalized version of events that actually happened during this expedition. In Kong Reborn, Dr. Jill Drake is involved in this incident. Jill discovers that BUCKAROO BANZAI has moved a clone of KING KONG to BANDUKI. It may be that the events of KONG: THE ANIMATED SERIES may be based on these events, which involve a female scientist who clones Kong then has to release him in a suitable environment. It was followed by KONG: KING OF ATLANTIS and KONG: RETURN TO THE JUNGLE. Among the crew that journeys to Skull Island in the first expedition is Jake Cutter (TALES OF THE GOLD MONKEY). Kong is of the same species as seen in JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, TARZAN AT THE EARTH'S CORE, and TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN 3: DANSE MACABRE "The Ape Gigans". Mighty Joe Young is also connected to Kong and one of Denham’s grandsons is tied in as a villain on an episode of the A-Team. Fu Manchu is also said to be the villain secretly behind Jurassic Park.

2012--SATURDAY MORNING RPG--Players can use the in-game phone to call 555-6162, which causes a man named Hannibal to answer the phone.  Note that this could mean that the rumors of Hannibal's death were greatly exaggerated.

August 2012--BLACK DYNAMITE:  THE ANIMATED SERIES--"Apocalypse, This! Or for the Pity of Fools Aka Flashbacks Are Forever"--Several characters appear, including B. A. Baracus (Mr T)

October 2012--WAREHOUSE 13--"We All Fall Down"--Claudia calls Steve "fool" and tells him they're the second "A-Team." B.A. Baracus often called his partner Murdock "fool."


EARTH-PRIME--Face is temporarily transported to Earth-Prime with a magical remote control on AMAZING STORIES.

ROBOT CHICKEN UNIVERSE--The A-Team appear, but I don't know enough about it.  Mr. T also appears twice, though I'm not sure what happens.

  • September 2007--ROBOT CHICKEN--"Yancy the Yo-Yo Boy"--A nerdy boy gets a super suit from aliens but knocks himself unconscious when he attempts to fly.  Bill Maxwell, who was contacted by the aliens, finds the unconscious boy and takes him along and uses him as a human shield.  He then drops him back home and the aliens take the suit back, thus leaving the boy naked lying outside.  He awakes to find himself exposed to onlooking girls.


TVCU2--This is the reality of the remake film.  I did try to fit it into the TVCU as a prequel, with the disclaimer to ignore topical stuff and imagine it's the 70s.  But that really doesn't work with my philosophy that it happened as we see it.

  • 2002--THE A-TEAM (FILM PRELUDE)--Hannibal and Face are on a mission in Mexico where they end up over their heads.  Luckily, Hannibal finds an Army Airborne Ranger (recently discharged) named B.A. Barracus who helps them out.  They find a guy in a mental hospital named Murdoch who was once known as the Army's best helicopter pilot.  They break him out and he aids them.  His crazy flying almost knocks B.A. out of the plane, mentally scarring him into fearing flying for the rest of his life.
  • 1963--THE A-TEAM:  WAR STORIES--The team have met as seen in the beginning of the movie but they didn't start working together right away after that.  They have gone their separate ways.  Hannibal kidnaps a scientist aiding the enemy.  Face is trying to get an expensive Motorcycle in the middle of a war zone.  B.A. has a mission in which he has to deal with his new fear of flying.  Murdock's story might not be true, as he tells it himself, and he's quite mad.
  • 2010--THE A-TEAM (FILM)--"In 2010, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire... The A-Team."  The film is certainly the prequel to the series, even though it is set in modern days.  
  • 2010--THE A-TEAM:  SHOTGUN WEDDING--This story could take place anytime after they were framed and went on the run.  But why not place it during their untold years?  So I arbitrarily placed it two years into their time as mercenaries.  One of B.A.'s old pals has a daughter getting married on a cruise ship, but her life is in danger, so the team goes undercover as cruise personnel.

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  1. Cool post, Robert. Just a couple notes.

    1) The Blues Brothers also have a link through the Masters of Horror episode "Deer Woman" directed by John Landis. A character mentions Murph and the Magictones are playing, a fictional band from the first movie. There's also a reference to a werewolf sighting at Piccadilly Circus in 1981, a clear reference to An American Werewolf in London. So that episode is connected to two of Landis' films.

    2)The character in the top center of the LoEG: America 1988 picture is Frank Serpico, the real life cop played by Al Pacino in the movie Serpico. Also, I'm afraid you have the wrong Lee Majors character: as the inscription says, it's Steve Austin of The Six Million Dollar Man fame, not Colt Seavers.

  2. I'm not sold on the idea of every appearance by Mr. T being B.A. in disguise, but I do realize that The A-Team has very little in the way of crossover material to work with. It's one of my favorite shows, though, so I'm glad you figured out a way to include it.

    Going back and checking the relevant posts, I see you already noted that Hulk Hogan was in Muppets From Space working for COVENET as an MiB. This makes me wonder if there's a connection here to The X-Files, which I understand had an episode - Wikipedia tells me it was "Jose Chung's From Outer Space" - in which the Syndicate also uses agents that resemble, or are, celebrities, presumably to make the stories that much more unbelievable.

    Finally, I'm glad you mentioned the LoEG cover, as I had completely forgotten about it, and it definitely needs to go on the Back to the Future timeline I'm compiling. So thanks for that.

  3. Reply to Sean:

    1) Thanks. There are now enough crossovers for the Blues Brothers to get their on blog.

    2) That's for the correction and filling in the blank.

    Reply to T. Everett: I don't always expect everyone to buy all of my inclusions. I always say, take what you like and leave the rest behind. Even if you don't like the talk show appearances and such, some things like T. and T. certainly could work for conflation much more easily, as well as any appearance where he played basically the same character, but with little background offered, like in the Blues Brothers or Not Another Teen Movie, for instance, in which his appearance likely meant the A-Team was a on a case in the area.

    Don't forget in the Josie and the Pussycats films, that a similar conspiracy to control the minds of the youth of America involved using Carson Daley, Mr. Movie Phone, Behind the Music, and MTV News to aid in their plans.

  4. Going off on a tangent from 'GAH', I link that show to 'Gilligan's Island' in Toobworld with the Professor (Roy Hinkley) being Ralph's long-missing Dad.......

  5. Yeah, I read that. Your site is the second place I go to for research (the first being Win's Books). I'm not into the same name game, usually, but for Toobworld, that connection totally makes sense. I was curious that you didn't make any connection between Robert Culp's characters in I Spy and GAH. When Ivan pointed out to me his theory on that, it made a lot of sense from a Toobworld perspective, I was surprised you hadn't thought of it. (Or maybe I just missed it on your site.)

  6. Hey Robert,

    There's another A-Team/Greatest American Hero connection. In issue 1 of the Marvel A-Team comic B.A. runs into an old friend Mario Ronda. Ronda is revealed to be an FBI agent. His partner is Bill Maxwell.


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