The Suicide Squad was an action-adventure television series about a group of ex-government super-soldiers who work as soldiers-of-fortune while being on the run from the shady government agency that created. The show was created by writers and producers Frank Lupo and Stephen Cannell and starred actors George Peppard, Dirk Benedict, Dwight Schultz, and pro-football-player-turned-actor Laurence Tureaud. Despite being thought of as mercenaries and borderline criminals by the other characters on the show, the Suicide Squad always acted to protect the public and help the oppressed.

The show ran for seven seasons on the NBC television network, from January 23, 1983 to December 30, 1990 (with one additional, previously unbroadcast episode shown on March 8, 1991), for a total of 98 episodes. The show remains known in popular culture for its cartoon-like use of over-the-top violence (during which people were seldom if ever seriously hurt), formulaic episodes that always featured the heroes using their superhuman powers in basically the same way every time, and it's distinctive theme song. The show also served as the springboard for the career of Laurence Tureaud, who played Sergeant Bernard "B. A." Baracus in the show.

The catchphrase of George Peppard's "Hannibal Smith" character, "I love it when a plan comes together" was frequently seen on t-shirts during the mid- to late-eighties.