During a government experiment into time travel, a scientist finds himself trapped in the past, "leaping" into the bodies of different people on a regular basis and sorting out their problems whilst trying to get back home to his own time.
Sam leaps into a bar with a bartender that's more than he appears. When Sam looks into a mirror, he sees his own reflection. In the future, they realize that Sam has leaped into himself, they search ...
Theorising that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Dr Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap Accelerator, and vanished. He awoke and found himself trapped in the past, facing mirror images that were not his own and driven by an unknown force to change history for the better. His only guide on this journey is Al, an observer from his own time, who appears in the form of a hologram that only Sam can see and hear. And so Dr Beckett finds himself leaping from life to life, striving to put right what once went wrong, and hoping each time that his next leap will be the leap home.
Donald P. Bellisario established Sam Beckett's birth year 1953 by reversing digits of his own birth year 1935. However, in season one, episode five, "How the Tess Was Won", after Al tells Sam that it's 1965, Sam replies that's he was ten in 1965. See more »
If "God" was the one leaping Sam, then it would be because God made a mistake. But theoretically speaking, God is perfect and cannot make mistakes. See more »
Oh, well, almost all animals can see me. But you know, there must be something weird lookin' about me, because I seem to intimidate them.
Maybe it's your clothes.
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There is an alternate ending to the finale episode "Mirror Image". In the alternate version, the screen does not fade out in the middle of the Leap of Al's young picture. Instead, the Leap completes showing a picture of an older Al. The camera pulls back to show the picture is a family portrait with his wife, Beth, and his four daughters. This version is not for sale by Universal. It was never supposed to leave the editing rooms, but somehow it got out. The only copies available are bootleg copies. See more »
Put right what once went wrong and give this show a movie!
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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