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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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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Sam leapt into ten non-white people: Jesse Tyler in Quantum Leap: The Color of Truth - August 8, 1955 (1989), Eddie Vega (who was Caucasian, but not white) in Quantum Leap: All-Americans - November 6, 1962 (1990), George Washakie in Quantum Leap: Freedom - November 22, 1970 (1990), Charlie "Black Magic" Walters in Quantum Leap: Pool Hall Blues - September 4, 1954 (1990), Herbert "Magic" Williams in Quantum Leap: The Leap Home: Part 2 (Vietnam) - April 7, 1970 (1990), Ray Harper in Quantum Leap: Black on White on Fire - August 11, 1965 (1990), Jesus Ortega in Quantum Leap: Last Dance Before an Execution - May 12, 1971 (1991), Cheree in Quantum Leap: A Song for the Soul - April 7, 1963 (1992), Roberto Gutierrez in Quantum Leap: Roberto! - January 27, 1982 (1992), and Nikos Stathatos in Quantum Leap: Leaping of the Shrew - September 27, 1956 (1992), See more »

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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 »

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Al: Well, we been having some difficulty. Ziggy, he's, uh, going through mood swings. I think we need get a girl computer put it right next to him, one with a nice set of *hard* disks.
Sam: You would.
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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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