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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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5   4   3   2   1  
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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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1989 (USA) See more »

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Quantum Leap 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

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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Al was referred to having orbited the Moon as a NASA Astronaut. NASA's Apollo program, under which the manned Moon launches occurred, took place during the time frame in which Al was established to have been a POW/MIA during the Vietnam War. See more »

Quotes

Sam: Where the hell were you?
Al: I was at the Laker game. It went into overtime.
Sam: A ball game? I nearly died because you were at a ball game?
Al: It wasn't just a ball game. It was a play-off game. At the party later, I met this dish named Martha.
Sam: I guess I can thank God you didn't spend the night with this Martha.
Al: Well, I did.
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Alternate Versions

The prologue sequence, narrated by series writer Deborah Pratt, 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 Scott Bakula, in syndication repeats. See more »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Hilarious TV Body Swaps (2016) 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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Put right what once went wrong and give this show a movie!
27 August 2000 | by Op_PrimeSee 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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