Long before there have been machines to work out on and competitive sports to stay moving and before wars were being fought, man didn't think about conditioning as a way of keeping healthy. He simply knew if he didn't hunt, he wouldn't eat if he didn't run, something would hunt him. They were a down economy that focused simply on survival. Despite being often considered as mercenaries by the other characters within the show, the A-Team always acted assisting good and helped the oppressed. The show ran for five seasons around the NBC television network, from January 23, 1983 to December 30, 1986 (with one additional, previously unbroadcast episode shown on March 8, 1987), for a total of 98 episodes.