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"Quantum Leap" (1989) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1989-1993

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Quantum Leap: Season 2: Episode 22 -- Al (Dean Stockwell) attempts to adjust his past through Sam (Scott Bakula), who has become an undercover cop in 1969.
Quantum Leap: Season 2: Episode 22 -- Al (Dean Stockwell) attempts to adjust his past through Sam (Scott Bakula), who has become an undercover cop in 1969.
Quantum Leap: Season 2: Episode 21 -- Sam (Scott Bakula) finds himself on an ocean liner in 1954 as a desperate young man trying to win back the heart of his ex-wife. Also stars Dean Stockwell.
Quantum Leap: Season 2: Episode 20 -- Sam (Scott Bakula) is a burly nightclub bouncer who is helping a stripper (Julie Brown) rescue an infant from its abusive father.

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Writer:
Donald P. Bellisario (created by)
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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
Plot:
Scientist Sam Beckett finds himself trapped in time--"leaping" into the body of a different person in a different time period each week. Full summary »
Awards:
Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 16 wins & 43 nominations See more »
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 88)

Scott Bakula ... Dr. Sam Beckett / ... (97 episodes, 1989-1993)

Dean Stockwell ... Admiral Al Calavicci (97 episodes, 1989-1993)
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Series Directed by
James Whitmore Jr. (15 episodes, 1989-1993)
Joe Napolitano (12 episodes, 1990-1992)
Michael Zinberg (9 episodes, 1989-1992)
Alan J. Levi (6 episodes, 1989-1993)
Michael W. Watkins (6 episodes, 1990-1992)
Gilbert M. Shilton (4 episodes, 1989-1990)
Christopher T. Welch (4 episodes, 1990)
Christopher Hibler (4 episodes, 1992-1993)
David Hemmings (3 episodes, 1989-1993)
Andy Cadiff (3 episodes, 1989-1991)
Aaron Lipstadt (3 episodes, 1989)
Scott Bakula (3 episodes, 1991-1992)
Bob Hulme (3 episodes, 1992-1993)
Debbie Allen (2 episodes, 1991-1993)
Anita W. Addison (2 episodes, 1991-1992)
John Cullum (1 episode, 1990)
 
Series Writing credits
Donald P. Bellisario (97 episodes, 1989-1993)
Deborah Pratt (20 episodes, 1989-1993)
Paul Brown (13 episodes, 1989-1992)
Tommy Thompson (13 episodes, 1990-1993)
Chris Ruppenthal (10 episodes, 1989-1992)
Richard C. Okie (6 episodes, 1991-1993)
Beverly Bridges (5 episodes, 1990-1992)
Robin Bernheim (5 episodes, 1992-1993)
Robert Wolterstorff (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Scott Shepherd (3 episodes, 1989)
Paul M. Belous (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
John Hill (2 episodes, 1989)
Nick Harding (2 episodes, 1990)
Randy Holland (2 episodes, 1990)
Paris Qualles (2 episodes, 1991-1992)

Series Produced by
Donald P. Bellisario .... executive producer / associate producer (96 episodes, 1989-1993)
Deborah Pratt .... co-executive producer / supervising producer / ... (96 episodes, 1989-1993)
Harker Wade .... supervising producer / producer (96 episodes, 1989-1993)
David Bellisario .... coordinating producer / associate producer (73 episodes, 1989-1993)
Jeff Gourson .... co-producer / producer / ... (70 episodes, 1989-1992)
Paul Brown .... co-producer / producer (64 episodes, 1989-1992)
Chris Ruppenthal .... producer / co-producer (64 episodes, 1989-1992)
Michael Zinberg .... co-executive producer / executive producer (45 episodes, 1990-1992)
Jimmy Giritlian .... associate producer (44 episodes, 1990-1992)
Julie B. Watson .... associate producer (39 episodes, 1991-1993)
Tommy Thompson .... producer / supervising producer (38 episodes, 1991-1993)
Robin Bernheim .... producer (22 episodes, 1992-1993)
Scott Ejercito .... associate producer (22 episodes, 1992-1993)
Chas. Floyd Johnson .... co-executive producer (22 episodes, 1992-1993)
Richard C. Okie .... supervising producer (22 episodes, 1992-1993)
Robert Wolterstorff .... supervising producer (18 episodes, 1989-1990)
Paul M. Belous .... supervising producer (11 episodes, 1989-1990)
John Hill .... supervising producer (6 episodes, 1989)
Scott Shepherd .... supervising producer (4 episodes, 1989-1990)

Joanne Oboyski .... assistant associate producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Velton Ray Bunch (83 episodes, 1989-1993)
Mike Post (27 episodes, 1989-1990)
Jerry Grant (13 episodes, 1989-1990)
 
Series Cinematography by
Michael W. Watkins (60 episodes, 1989-1992)
Robert Primes (11 episodes, 1992-1993)
Robert D. McBride (9 episodes, 1991-1992)
Roy H. Wagner (6 episodes, 1989)
Henry M. Lebo (4 episodes, 1989)
Bradley B. Six (4 episodes, 1990-1991)
 
Series Film Editing by
Jon Koslowsky (25 episodes, 1990-1993)
Michael Stern (14 episodes, 1991-1993)
Mario Di Gregorio (11 episodes, 1989-1990)
Alan L. Shefland (10 episodes, 1989-1990)
Ron Rutberg (8 episodes, 1989)
Robert E. Pew (8 episodes, 1990-1991)
M. Edward Salier (7 episodes, 1991-1992)
Randy D. Wiles (7 episodes, 1992-1993)
Jerry Temple (6 episodes, 1990-1991)
Jerry U. Frizell (4 episodes, 1991)
Gary Griffin (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Lawrence S. Breslow (3 episodes, 1989)
Ken Dennis (2 episodes, 1989)
George R. Rohrs (2 episodes, 1989)
Alec Smight (2 episodes, 1990)

Craig Holt (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
Ellen Lubin Sanitsky (53 episodes, 1989-1993)
Melissa Skoff (5 episodes, 1989)
Ken Carlson (3 episodes, 1989)
Anne Winthrop (3 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Production Design by
Cameron Birnie (55 episodes, 1989-1993)
 
Series Art Direction by
Peg McClellan (30 episodes, 1989-1990)
Ellen Dambros-Williams (15 episodes, 1992-1993)
Cameron Birnie (10 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Robert L. Zilliox (66 episodes, 1989-1993)
 
Series Costume Design by
Jean-Pierre Dorléac (57 episodes, 1989-1993)
Jacqueline Saint Anne (9 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Makeup Department
Andrea Mizushima Jones .... hair stylist (20 episodes, 1992-1993)
Jeremy Swan .... makeup artist (16 episodes, 1992-1993)
 
Series Production Management
Ronald R. Grow .... unit production manager (56 episodes, 1989-1993)
Paul Cajero .... unit production manager (9 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Brooks Mendel .... second assistant director / dga trainee (31 episodes, 1989-1991)
Ryan Gordon .... first assistant director (25 episodes, 1989-1993)
Michael Scott Bryant .... dga trainee (22 episodes, 1992-1993)
Paul Sirmons .... first assistant director (15 episodes, 1989-1991)
Brian Faul .... second assistant director (15 episodes, 1992-1993)
John Slosser .... first assistant director (11 episodes, 1991-1993)
Hilarie Jutras .... dga trainee (10 episodes, 1991)
Kate Yurka .... second assistant director (9 episodes, 1991)
Robert Villar .... second assistant director / first assistant director (7 episodes, 1989)
James Dillon .... key second assistant director / second assistant director (6 episodes, 1989)
Tom Connors .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 1989)
Mark Hansson .... dga trainee (5 episodes, 1989)
Bruce Humphrey .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 1989)
Kevin Corcoran .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 1991)
Lewis Stout .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Art Department
William Lakoff .... leadman (11 episodes, 1993)
Eric A. Hulett .... set dresser (9 episodes, 1989)
Scott Nifong .... assistant property master (6 episodes, 1989)
Tamar Dick .... set painter (3 episodes, 1991)

Peter Bankins .... property master (unknown episodes)
Kurt V. Hulett .... lead man (unknown episodes)
Evan Jacobs .... specialty props (unknown episodes)
Douglas Miller .... specialty props (unknown episodes)
John Riley .... specialty props (unknown episodes)
George Tuers .... property master (unknown episodes)
Jon Warren .... specialty props (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Paul B. Clay .... supervising sound editor / sound editor (38 episodes, 1989-1991)
Mark Hopkins McNabb .... sound mixer (38 episodes, 1989-1991)
Barry Thomas .... sound mixer (25 episodes, 1991-1993)
Rick Bozeat .... sound effects editor (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Greg Schorer .... sound editor / sound mixer (19 episodes, 1991-1993)
Ronald L. Collins .... sound mixer (6 episodes, 1989)
Sam Gemette .... sound editor (6 episodes, 1989)
Victor B. Lackey .... sound editor (2 episodes, 1989)
James LaRue .... sound mixer (2 episodes, 1990)
Gloria D'Alessandro .... dialogue editor (2 episodes, 1991)

Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist (unknown episodes)
Beau Biggart .... adr mixer (unknown episodes)
Alfred J. Carranza .... assistant sound editor (unknown episodes)
Richard Coleman .... sound recordist (unknown episodes)
Bob Costanza .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Tom Gerard .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
William Hooper .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
William Jacobs .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Susan Kurtz .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Peter Reale .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Lisa Shaw Phillips .... assistant sound editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Brian Q. Kelley .... effects editorial (1 episode, 1990)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Roger Dorney .... visual effects (14 episodes, 1992-1993)
Denny Kelly .... visual effects (14 episodes, 1992-1993)

Mark Burnett .... visual effects video assistant (unknown episodes)
Scott Milne .... visual effects (unknown episodes)
William Powloski .... effects animator (unknown episodes)
Joseph Yanuzzi .... assistant editor: Apogee, Inc. (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunt coordinator (63 episodes, 1989-1993)
Brian J. Williams .... stunt performer / stunt double: J.C. Quinn / ... (4 episodes, 1990-1992)
Gary J. Wayton .... stunt double (3 episodes, 1992)

Kenny Bates .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Nick Brett .... stunt rigger (unknown episodes)
Laura Dash .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Harold 'Hal' Frizzell .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Steven Ito .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
Terry James .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Steve Kelso .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Barbara Anne Klein .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Shawn Lane .... stunt double: John Snyder (unknown episodes)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Hugh Aodh O'Brien .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Joseph Michael Roth .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Neil Summers .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Jill Terashita .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Gulla .... assistant camera (71 episodes, 1989-1992)
Joseph T. Terranova .... lighting technician (56 episodes, 1991-1993)
Mark Abbott .... gaffer (54 episodes, 1989-1991)
Ed Nielsen .... camera operator (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
Ron Newburn .... lighting technician (22 episodes, 1991-1992)
Randall Burak .... gaffer (18 episodes, 1990-1993)
Robert Ivener .... dolly grip (8 episodes, 1989)
Dale Alexander .... key grip (6 episodes, 1989)
Walt Andrus .... camera operator: a (5 episodes, 1992)
Eldon Hansen .... rigging electrician (3 episodes, 1990-1993)
Gary Huddleston .... assistant camera / first assistant camera (2 episodes, 1989)

Ralph Gerling .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Matt Ramirez .... first assistant camera / photographer: second unit (unknown episodes)
Robert Schoenhut .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Sheryl Roberts .... casting assistant (10 episodes, 1989-1990)
Debi Manwiller .... casting associate (4 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Rawley .... costume supervisor (58 episodes, 1989-1993)
Donna Roberts .... costume supervisor (47 episodes, 1989-1991)
Jill Sheridan .... wardrobe supervisor / costume supervisor (20 episodes, 1992-1993)
Katina Le Kerr .... costume supervisor (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Alice Daniels .... costume supervisor (8 episodes, 1993)
Jean-Pierre Dorléac .... fashion concepts (6 episodes, 1992)
Glen Bradley .... costume supervisor (6 episodes, 1993)

Jerry Herrin .... costume supervisor (unknown episodes, 1993)
Kim Myer .... costumer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Greg Curry .... colorist: dailies (44 episodes, 1991-1993)

Bruce Gorman .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Robert Hudson .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Jim Thomson .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (63 episodes, 1989-1991)
Mike Post .... composer: theme music (46 episodes, 1990-1993)
Donald Woods .... music editor (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Bruce Frazier .... music editor (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Tom Gleason .... music editor (16 episodes, 1989-1990)
Mark Green .... music editor (4 episodes, 1989)
Susan Mick .... music editor (4 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Transportation Department
Dennis Junt .... transportation co-captain (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
Chris Haynes .... driver (2 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Other crew
Winnie Rich .... script supervisor (31 episodes, 1989-1990)
Tommy Thompson .... executive story editor / story editor (26 episodes, 1990-1991)
Paul Brown .... executive story editor (5 episodes, 1989)
Deborah Arakelian .... executive story consultant (4 episodes, 1989)
Greg Knapp .... set medic (4 episodes, 1989)
Lorenzo Marchessi .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1989)
Randy Holland .... story editor (4 episodes, 1990)
Paris Qualles .... story editor (3 episodes, 1991)
Frank Catalano .... adr artist (2 episodes, 1989)

Bret Culpepper .... stand-in (unknown episodes)
Jill Gable .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Betty Green .... title designer (unknown episodes)
Carolyn Hayes .... production auditor (unknown episodes)
Steve Hinton .... pilot (unknown episodes)
Beth Humphreys .... legal supervisor (unknown episodes)
Harriet Margulies .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Yvonne Yaconelli .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
 

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60 min (97 episodes)
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:M (some episodes) | Iceland:12 (some epiosodes) | Iceland:L (some epiosodes) | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:PG | USA:TV-PG

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Trivia:
Scott Bakula would subsequently star on Star Trek:Enterprise. A number of actors who appeared on Quantum Leap also made appearances on various Star Trek TV series. Most notably, Terry Farrell who co-starred on Star Trek Deep Space Nine, and Robert Duncan McNeill who co-starred on Star Trek Voyager each made guest appearances on Quantum Leap.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the first season, Sam mentions having a sister named Katie. In the 2-part pilot "Genesis", Sam mentions that she married a Naval Officer named Jim Bonney. However, in the first season episode "The Kamikaze Kid", which hinges on Sam stopping a sister from marrying an abusive boyfriend, Sam mentions that Katie married and abusive alcoholic, later named "Chuck" in the "Leap Home" episode. It is very likely that Katie married Jim after leaving Chuck. Also, in "Disco Inferno," Sam mentions that he has a brother named Tom and that he died in Vietnam. He mentions this again in the episode "Animal Frat" before finally seeing Tom again in "A Leap Home."See more »
Quotes:
[repeated line - season 2]
Narrator:Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Doctor Sam Beckett led an elite group of scientists into the desert to develop a top secret project, known as QUANTUM LEAP. Pressured to prove his theories or lose funding, Doctor Beckett...
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The greatest TV show ever. Could teach a thing or two to many feature films., 10 June 2007
Author: Squeele

As a moviegoer, I don't have a great esteem for television. Sure, it has spawned many good shows, and cult characters. But I rarely felt the need to watch EVERY SINGLE EPISODE, afraid of missing even one. And believe me, I'm no short-sighted elitist.

But Quantum Leap is an absolute classic. It's got Heart, great characters, ambitious stories, and it's both accessible and clever. It may not be the strongest Sci-fi concept, but it's the most likely to reconcile the fans of Star Trek AND Magnum P.I. Who could've imagined that?

Donald Bellisario created a true gem of a show, centered around Dr. Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula) a scientist whose time-travelling theories are backed up by the military, represented by the retired Navy Admiral Al Calavicci (Dean Stockwell). The experiment goes wrong, and Sam is sent in the past, with most of his scientific knowledge and memories temporarily erased. His body vanished, his mind now trapped in other's bodies, and Sam soon discovers that a "superior authority" can transfer his mind from time to time, only if he manages to "fix what's broken" and give his "host" a better life. Al can communicate with him through holographic form (only noticeable by children, animals - "and blondes, too") in order to help Sam to complete his mission, whether it's to inspire a song to an artist, defend the case of a young Black in a Southern State court during the segregation days, or help a journalist to obtain a Pulitzer Prize while covering the war in Vietnam.

The variety and humanity of the show is what makes it stand above the others. Some episodes are light and humorous, when others are darker, even tragic. Some conclusions are bittersweet, and help the main characters to evolve slightly, but regularly throughout the show. What helps even more is the fantastic chemistry between the two main characters. Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell have found the role of their lives, delivering touching, funny, overwhelming performances, sometimes in the course of only one episode! They're brilliant, as well as the writing, and art direction who recreates every decade from the 50's to the 80's (and sometimes beyond!) perfectly.

As for the ending... without spoiling it, it's by far the most astounding, bold and emotionally charged episode ever produced in the TV history, as far as I know. So many TV shows end up in disappointment (while so many don't even bother to give us a finale, at all...). "Quantum Leap" ending is rewarding, and intriguing. It's ambitious, happy and sad. It's both on the human scale, and larger than life.

Oh boy, what a show.

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