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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 Dr. Sam Beckett / ... (97 episodes, 1989-1993)
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 Admiral Al Calavicci (97 episodes, 1989-1993)
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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)  »

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A través del tiempo  »

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The series actually traces its roots to the original Battlestar Galactica (1978), which Donald P. Bellisario wrote and produced for. The series' revival spin-off, Galactica 1980 (1980) was to originally center around time travel and returning changes in history back to normal. The concept was dropped after the pilot, but Bellisario stuck with the concept to develop into Quantum Leap. The concept of Sam inhabiting the identity of another person to incorporate change for the better was partly inspired by the movie Heaven Can Wait (1978), which in itself was practically a "word for word" remake of Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), with the one exception of changing the lead character from a prize fighter, in Here Comes Mr. Jordan, to a Los Angeles Rams quarterback in Heaven Can Wait. See more »

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Despite being in a different body and seeing someone else's reflection in the mirror, Sam always has impeccably combed and styled hair. See more »

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Sam: Leaping about in time, I've found that there are some things in life that I can't change, and there are some things that I can. To save a life, to change a heart, to make the right choice. I guess that's what life's about}: making the right choice at the right time.
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Referenced in Heroes: Chapter Fifteen 'Pass/Fail' (2010) See more »

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Prologue (Saga Sell)
Written by Mike Post and Velton Ray Bunch
Performed by Velton Ray Bunch with Deborah Pratt (voice over)
Courtesy of Music Corp. of America (BMI)
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MY FAVORITE TV SHOW
11 March 1999 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

I loved this show! It was amazing. I was almost crying when it ended. "THEY CAN'T LEAVE IT THERE!", I shouted. It is kind of sentimental and honest at the same time. Everything from the theme music to the inventiveness and unpredictabilty of it all makes it a truly classic show. I hope they make a movie of it some day. If they do it'll be a box office smash.


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