Quantum Leap (1989–1993)

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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)  »

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Season One's cliffhanger into Season Two was the teaser for Quantum Leap: What Price Gloria? - October 16, 1961 (1989). The next season, three other episodes premiered before "What Price Gloria?" aired. See more »


Ziggy's opening narration says that "only Sam can see and hear" Al, but the series gradually shows that animals, very young children, the mentally disabled, and people near death can also see and hear him (as well as seeing Sam's true form). See more »


Al: If we knew the unknown, the unknown wouldn't be unknown.
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Referenced in Bob's Burgers: Turkey in a Can (2013) See more »


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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Put right what once went wrong and give this show a movie!
27 August 2000 | by (Ardmore, PA) – See all my reviews

Quantum Leap was a fantastic science fiction series. Past time travel shows had the main character(s) going back (or forward) in time as themselves. Quantum Leap was so special mainly because Sam is leaping INTO people and experiencing their lives first hand. This made for some very interesting stories like when Sam leaps into a woman or a black man. Of course, having a hologram from his own time (Al) guiding him on his adventures was another key component to the show.

One complaint I've always heard about the show is: if Sam puts right what once went wrong, wouldn't he be altering the future? The answer is no. Sam doesn't leap into anyone famous (often) and so he would not be altering the future dramatically for many. And whenever he does leap into someone famous, everything works out the way history recorded it.

NBC made a huge blunder cancelling this series, especially cancelling it on a cliff hanger. And why won't Universal make a movie? Fans want it and Don Bellisario has expressed an interest in doing one. So come on. Put what right what NBC did wrong and make a movie.

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