(Originally posted at http://joelnoche.multiply.com/journal/item/102/The-A-Team on July 1, 2012 1:36 AM)
One TV series that I used to watch when I was a child was “The A-Team.” The Wikipedia entry states:
The violence presented in The A-Team is highly sanitized. People do not bleed or bruise when hit (though they might develop a limp or require a sling), nor do the members of the A-Team kill people. The results of violence were only ever presented when it was required for the script. In almost every car crash there is a short take showing the occupants of the vehicle climbing out of the mangled/burning wreck (even in helicopter crashes) […]
The van that the A-Team used was a 1983 GMC Vandura. From Wikipedia:
It is a common error that the van is said to be all-black, whereas in fact the section above the red stripe is metallic gray; this error was even continued on most toy models of the van.
As a child, I would pretend that my Matchbox No. 68 Chevy van was the A-Team van. (Yes, it experienced a lot of collisions.) Lately, I was able to buy an official A-Team van made by Hot Wheels. (No collisions this time.)