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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 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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Over the course of the series, Al is seen by people, other than Sam, in nine episodes: by Teresa Bruckner in Quantum Leap: Another Mother - September 30, 1981 (1990), by Maggie Dawson in Quantum Leap: The Leap Home: Part 2 (Vietnam) - April 7, 1970 (1990), by Michael Blake in Quantum Leap: A Little Miracle - December 24, 1962 (1990), by Maria in Quantum Leap: Last Dance Before an Execution - May 12, 1971 (1991), by Tibby Johnson and two other mental patients in Quantum Leap: Shock Theater - October 3, 1954 (1991), by several young children in Quantum Leap: Justice - May 11, 1965 (1991), by Angelita Carmen Guadalupe Cecelia Jimenez in Quantum Leap: It's a Wonderful Leap - May 10, 1958 (1992), by Laura Fuller in Quantum Leap: Trilogy: Part 1 - August 8, 1955 (1992), and by Jessica Elroy in Quantum Leap: A Tale of Two Sweeties - February 25, 1958 (1993). See more »

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In the Season 5 opening, "Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime...", the visuals reflect the narration. The narrator says, "Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished...", what is seen is him leaving the imaging chamber after leaping back to New Mexico. See more »

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Al: Their only desire is for you to pamper them, and play with their...
Sam: Al!
Al: With their hair! Their hair!
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Quantum Leap Main Title
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Catch Up
10 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was so busy rearing two kids as a single mom while working, volunteering, and taking college courses that I totally missed the original run of the series. I'm playing catch up now, watching the re-runs on Sci-Fi. I happened to run into it just a few months ago -- and only b/c I stayed up too late one night. At first, I thought it was just *too cute,* but now I'm hooked. If I can't stay up till 2AM, I have to record it to find out how the next episode goes. It's fabulous!

I especially like how the show leads me to examine the history of the years between the 1950's through the 1980's -- the good, the bad, and the very, very ugly (e.g., the segregated South). Sure, it's encapsulated into a 60 minute segment, but the writers managed to hit enough of the key points to make it worth the air space. And sure, it's P.C. -- sometimes simplistically so -- but that only goes with the territory of the show's premise, which is the hope that we can make this world a better place for everyone, regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, mental abilities, or socio-economic class. That's not a bad philosophy. In fact, it's the same hope that led me to bear children, and then rear them to have hope for their own futures.


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