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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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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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USA

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English

Release Date:

26 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Viajeros en el tiempo See more »

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(97 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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4:3
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Trivia

Quantum Leap (1989) came close to being cancelled in its third season, due to low ratings. However, a letter writing campaign helped save the series, and enabled it to continue for two more years. 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 »

Quotes

Al: There are five stages of love. The first is denial, then the second is sex, then there's acceptance, then there's divorce... and then there's more sex, if you're lucky.
Sam: Who wrote this textbook, you or Zsa Zsa?
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Alternate Versions

The prologue sequence, narrated by series writer , was first used in the series' second season. This prologue sequence, altered in the beginning of season 4 to feature the exterior scene of Project Quantum Leap and its interior, replaced the original prologue from the show's spring 1989 episode, narrated by , in syndication repeats. See more »


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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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Fertile show that could've gone on longer
12 December 2005 | by KUAlum26See all my reviews

The network gave up on this one quickly,which is a shame.

The adventures of Quantum physicist Dr.Sam Beckett(Scott Bakula,never better it would seem)were documented from week to week as he was sent to leap into the lives of people that spanned the main character's lifetime. Nobody can see him in the situation he's in except for a guide by the name of Al Calovicci(Dean Stockwell,about as sharp a character actor as they come).

The show's initial flush of success in its first season and a half would be slowed by the network's lack of confidence in the show's plateauing ratings,despite a VERY loyal fan base. In fact,if I'm to understand it correctly,had it NOT been for the loyal fans of the show,it probably would've been quietly ushered off the air about a year or two earlier than it actually was.

I LOVED this show. Sure,the conceits of time travel in a movie/TV show can be hokey and can stretch the levels of disbelief,but this show still captured the wonder and possibilities of righting wrongs and recapturing the American past Beautifully. Interesting character leaps and a great interplay between Sam and Al made this show all the more watchable.

Maybe someone,someday will decide to do a movie of the this show.Until then,the DVDs I suppose will have to do.


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