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Quantum Leap (1989–1993)

TV Series  |  TV-PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama
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Scientist Sam Beckett finds himself trapped in time--"leaping" into the body of a different person in a different time period each week.

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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 16 wins & 43 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete series cast summary:
 Dr. Sam Beckett / ... (97 episodes, 1989-1993)
 Admiral Al Calavicci (97 episodes, 1989-1993)
 Narrator / ... (65 episodes, 1989-1993)


Doctor Sam Beckett led a group of top scientists into the desert to research his theory that a man could time travel within his own lifetime. Unfortunately, in order to save his funding, he was forced to enter the accelerator prematurely and vanished. He then found himself in someone else's body with partial amnesia. His only contact from home is Al, a holographic image only he can see and hear. Setting right things which once went wrong, Sam leaps from life to life, hoping each time that this is the final leap home. Written by Kevin <Kibble@vm.temple.edu>

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26 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A través del tiempo  »

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Sam Beckett and series creator Donald P. Bellisario both share the same birthday of August 8. See more »


For the famous "mirror reflections" in which Sam sees who he leaps into, the series used the old trick of a dual set with a clear glass in the "mirror". Scott Bakula would stand on one side and the actor playing the person he leaped into on the other. If you look really close at the glass, you can see sometimes Scott Bakula's reflection. (Especially if the mirror is near a source of light like sunshine). See more »


[about Al]
Sam: The fact that you were a practicing pervert at the age of 5 has nothing to do with the rest of the world!
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Referenced in How I Met Your Mother: Zip, Zip, Zip (2006) See more »


Quantum Leap Main Title
Written by Mike Post
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A great show, and a TV legend
19 July 2002 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

An absolutely perfect show. It wasn't too technical, it wasn't too Sci-fi. It had the drama of life, and offered some comedy at the same time. Instead of seeing the same person with the same people dealing with their own life, we saw many, many, many different lives all being influenced by one great man who in the end could be deemed a saint. I am happy that the show was able to finish, and just disappear like some other great shows. The show had a good conclusion. It was happy, but it wasn't sappy or ultra-moralistic and joyful. It was the perfect ending for such a case. There isn't a thing they could change about this show. The only thing they could do to make it worse would be to make a movie for TV. Those type of things usually ruin a good show. Quantum Leap though is definitely a TV legend.

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