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Quantum Leap 

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Scientist Sam Beckett finds himself trapped in the past, "leaping" into the bodies of different people on a regular basis.
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1993   1992   1991   1990   1989  
Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 16 wins & 43 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Scott Bakula ...  Dr. Sam Beckett / ... 97 episodes, 1989-1993
Dean Stockwell ...  Admiral Al Calavicci 97 episodes, 1989-1993
Deborah Pratt ...  Narrator / ... 65 episodes, 1989-1993
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Theorising That One Could Time Travel Within His Own Life Time, 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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1989 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(97 episodes)

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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4:3
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Deborah Pratt, the series Narrator, and voice of Ziggy, also wrote and Executively Produced the series. She was married to Donald P. Bellisario when the series aired. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Al: [singing, trying to remember the lyrics] All around the something... the monkey chased the weasel... the monkey did something... and something happened to the weasel.
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Alternate Versions

The show has a variety of saga sells (opening narrations) and opening credits. In terms of opening credits and saga sells, there are:
  • 1. the pilot opening (no saga sell; just a sequence shown of flying through clouds)
  • 2. the season one opening (Sam discusses the events of the previous episode)
  • 3. the season two through four opening (the saga opening credits as used in syndicated airings of the show)
  • 4. the season five opening (the same opening credits as seasons two through four, but with a new rendition of the theme song)
  • 5. the final episode opening (the opening credits from season five, but with the original rendition of the theme song)
  • The saga sell variations:
  • 1. narrated by Lance LeGault, starting with ANOTHER MOTHER
  • 2. narrated by Deborah Pratt, starting with ALL AMERICANS
  • 3. narrated by Deborah Pratt (with a Ziggy-esque computerized echo effect added to her voice), starting with HER CHARM
  • 4. the syndicated version (Deborah Pratt narrated)
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Referenced in Superstore: Video Game Release (2018) See more »

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Quantum Leap Main Title
Written by Mike Post
Courtesy of Music Corp. of America (BMI)
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The greatest TV show ever. Could teach a thing or two to many feature films.
10 June 2007 | by SqueeleSee all my reviews

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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