Classic TV Crossover: Magnum P.I. and The A-Team

23 Jan

January 23, 2013

One of my favorite shows is Magnum P.I. I put it in the top tier of detective shows. There’s Columbo, Magnum, Kojak, then everyone else.

So I was watching it the other night and it occurred to me that, with only a slight twist to their backstory, the man characters of Magnum could easily have become The A-Team. They were in Viet Nam, they were a highly trained team. What if they were assigned to the classified job that fell to the A-Team? Magnum, Rick, and TC could be on the run.

This led me to thinking about what should have been a no-brainer: a Magnum P.I. and The A-Team crossover. It was amazingly obvious- the A-Team is spotted in Hawaii where they’ve taken a job and Thomas Magnum ends up working the same case. The army goes after the A-Team but mistakes Magnum and his crew for the criminals. Just look at the similarities. Think about it for just a second, it is screamingly obvious.

Magnum leader2

Magnum tough guy2

Magnum operator2

Magnum warrior2

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They could even have had Lance LeGault play a dual role.

Magnum nemesis2

While it seems so perfect in retrospect, it had nil chance of ever being made since they aired on different networks. (Magnum was CBS, A-Team was NBC.) Too bad, because it practically writes itself: Face pulling a scheme in the King Kamehameha Club, Magnum in the Aquamaniac suit, and I’d love to see Higgins tormented by Murdock. Just imagine them drugging BA to get him into the Island Hopper’s chopper. I am not much of a fan of fanfic so this is as far as I’ll go. I think this is one of the great unmade shows of television. Magnum crossed over with Simon and Simon (remember them?) and even with Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote. Neither of those crossovers screams “event.”  I can only imagine how excited I would have been had this actually happened back around 1985.

4 Responses to “Classic TV Crossover: Magnum P.I. and The A-Team”

  1. zathra January 23, 2013 at 2:11 am #

    I myself have thought about a storyline involving a crossover between NCIS & BONES. Hell, there was even a pasted – together version on Youtube.

    Then there could’ve been possibilities for a crossover between the short – lived 90’s series ” Mann & Machine ” & the 80’s series ” Alien Nation “. Some of these things would practically write themselves.

    Then there’s ” Mann & Machine ” meets the cutesy – schmaltzy 80’s series ” Small Wonder “. A possible tagline = ” Vicki Just Got REAL !! ” as V.I.C.I. / Vicki turns into a take – no – prisoners crime – fighting machine, kicking butt & taking names !


  2. Marc David Barnhill January 23, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    I’m still holding out hope for the proposed Magnum Leap crossover.


    • bmj2k January 23, 2013 at 8:50 am #

      I was talking to someone about that just a couple of days ago. That would have been fantastic.


  3. Jeremy October 21, 2020 at 6:51 am #

    Excellent analysis!

    That said, I wouldn’t list Murdock as a reluctant warrior, at all. Face is often more the reluctant one whereas Murdock always leaped into the van whenever they needed him – he was always there for the team. Face often complained about lots of things and contemplated not joining them on a case but did it out of obligation.

    However, everything else aligns well with each other’s counterparts that you listed. Well done. While Higgins is not crazy, he’d find Murdock’s intellect rather appealing and Murdock would get on very well with Zeus and Apollo, probably to Higgins’ initial dismay for when Murdock gets on the wrong foot. Haha!

    Rick and Face are similar yet different. Rick can con people, but doesn’t justify it, whereas Face does it with little to no regret (as long as he didn’t wrong the helpless). Both are smooth, and yet both are also the team’s butt of the jokes more often than not. Come to think of it, Magnum is a mixture of Rick and Face, save for his fashion sense.

    Another crossover I always thought about with both of these shows is Remington Steele. The tone of that show aligns so well with both The A-Team and Magnum P.I. I would’ve proposed a crossover with all these three at once. Steele and Face are almost the same man, save for their backgrounds: One being a former professional thief and the other being a war veteran. But, other than that, they’re the same, from their dressing sense to hairstyle to persona and beyond. Steele shares a lot of traits with Magnum, too. Imagine if there was a competition between the three. It’d be comedy gold!

    …And, of course, Laura Holt would get along with Higgins famously.

    Lastly, can you imagine Frankie Santana giving Magnum wrong instructions that later irritates Magnum because it backfires? Haha! Oh the possibilities and what could’ve been!

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