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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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Release Date:

26 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A través del tiempo  »

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Did You Know?


Dean Stockwell was the first to "Leap" through time on the episode of The Twilight Zone (1959), The Twilight Zone: A Quality of Mercy (1961), playing a war-hungry United States lieutenant in August 1945. 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 »


Sam: Do you have to sneak up on me?
Al: I'm sorry. What do you expect a hologram to do? Knock?
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Referenced in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993) 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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A great series - one of the best ever
22 July 2004 | by (New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

What can I say? I loved this series! It had humor, it had sorrow, it had drama, it had suspense. It spanned the dimensions of every emotion, even when the plot was painfully thin.

Sure, there were some episodes that would have been better left on the cutting floor, but for the most part each episode was a single contained enjoyable event.

I didn't like the ending, but as it has been said the network decided to end the series and so they didn't care much how it ended.

I'm waiting for the entire series to be out on DVD (the first season is already out). I could watch these over and over ... and I will!

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