The A-Team (1983–1987)
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Family Reunion 

On Thanksgiving, General Stockwells orders the A-Team to reunite a wanted criminal, A.J. Bancroft, with his daughter Ellen within 24 hours. In return, Bancroft will provide evidence that ... See full summary »


James Darren


Frank Lupo (created by), Stephen J. Cannell (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
George Peppard ... John 'Hannibal' Smith
Dirk Benedict ... Templeton 'Faceman' Peck
Dwight Schultz ... 'Howling Mad' Murdock
Eddie Velez ... Frankie Santana
Mr. T ... B.A. Baracus
Robert Vaughn ... General Hunt Stockwell
Jeff Corey ... A.J. Bancroft
Clare Kirkconnell ... Ellen Bancroft
John Carter ... Jacob Edwards
Terri Treas ... Evelyn Bronston / Fake Ellen Bancroft
Beau Billingslea ... Owens
Lou Felder Lou Felder ... Committee Chairman
Anna Rapagna Anna Rapagna ... Maggie Kendall
Cory McClendon Cory McClendon ... Sister Margaret
Joe Faust Joe Faust ... Captain


On Thanksgiving, General Stockwells orders the A-Team to reunite a wanted criminal, A.J. Bancroft, with his daughter Ellen within 24 hours. In return, Bancroft will provide evidence that could bring down half the crooked politicians in Washington. Bancroft, who is terminally ill, has not seen his daughter in twenty years. However, Ellen knows all about him from the papers. But the old man has another reason to hire the A-Team specifically: he tells Murdock that Templeton Peck was born Richard Bancroft, his son. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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14 November 1986 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Television viewers got to choose the ending of this episode, whether A.J. Bancroft is Faceman's real father or not, by voting on a call-in line. See more »


A.J. says that Face's real name is Richard Bancroft. According to The A-Team: Mind Games, his real name is Alvin Brennar. See more »


Gen. Hunt Stockwell: Knowledge is power. And I want that knowledge.
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An A-Team Character Piece
6 December 2008 | by jday-1See all my reviews

Given that Season 5 was plagued from the outset and history ultimately proving that the show was doomed by 1987, and that viewers can now see the somewhat stale plots and action set pieces of the final episodes, And yet there were some pleasant surprises in Season 5, and "Family Reunion" is one of them. I believe this is one of the best episodes of the entire series for the pure emotion that comes from the drama between A.J. Bancroft and Face, and Murdock's conflict throughout the episode. It had been 15 years since I last saw this episode and vividly remember the scene between Murdock and Face when Murdock reveals the truth. It holds up well after all this time and for once we see substantial character depth with the main characters that you wish was more of a focus in Season 5. This episode concentrated more on smart dialog, such as Face and Ellen, and especially between Murdock and Face, and with enough action to keep things moving. The final scene at the cemetery is remarkably well shot, and the classic A-Team final freeze frame image is superb since it ties everything thematically and emotionally together about the episode. "Family Reunion" is a highlight and the writer must be congratulated on penning a well done episode, especially in the series' twilight.

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