It’s difficult to imagine now, but Mr. T used to be a huge star in the ‘80s. After his popularity skyrocketed because of “The A-Team,” Mr. T was all over the place. Perhaps none of his entertainment ventures is as strange as the ‘80s animated series called “Mister T.”
Bookended by live-action segments featuring the man himself, “Mister T” was about Mr. T as the coach of a gymnastics team of young people. They would travel all over and solve mysteries. Think “Scooby Doo,” but without any of the wit and charm that worked so well in that series. The multi-cultural gymnasts featured heavily in the series were all paint-by-numbers racial stereotypes. Rounding out the group was Spike, a redhead who worships Mr. T, dressing exactly the same as his hero, and Mr. T’s dog, sporting his own mohawk.
It’s still unknown why anyone thought that it would be a natural fit for fictional Mr. T to be the coach of a gymnastics team, but that didn’t stop the series from being successful. Surprisingly, the series was a hit, lasting a total of three seasons from 1983 to 1986 on NBC.