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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

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Viajeros en el tiempo See more »

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(97 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

The series traces its roots to Battlestar Galactica (1978), which Donald P. Bellisario co-wrote and co-produced. The series' revival spin-off, Galactica 1980 (1980) was to originally center around time travel, and returning changes in history, back to normal. The concept was dropped after the pilot, but Bellisario stuck with the concept to develop into this show. The concept of Sam inhabiting the identity of another person, to incorporate change for the better, was partly inspired by Heaven Can Wait (1978), which in itself was practically a "word for word" remake of Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), with the one exception of changing the lead character from a prize fighter, in Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), to a Los Angeles Rams quarterback in Heaven Can Wait (1978). 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

[about Al]
Sam: The fact that you were a practicing pervert at the age of 5 has nothing to do with the rest of the world!
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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 , starting with ANOTHER MOTHER
  • 2. narrated by , starting with ALL AMERICANS
  • 3. narrated by (with a Ziggy-esque computerized echo effect added to her voice), starting with HER CHARM
  • 4. the syndicated version ( narrated)
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Connections

Referenced in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

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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"Oooh Boy!"
28 August 2004 | by b_e3KpiSee all my reviews

A highly imaginative idea from Donald P. Bellisario.

The selection of Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell to play the roles of Sam (the quantum leaper) and Al (Sam's advice-giving & holographic guide) was spot on.

The story lines were great. The series consisted mainly of fictional plots, interspersed with the odd story based on real life events. In addition, the show's original signature tune was great!

The acting, especially from Scott and Dean, was first class. In fact, you don't need to be a sci-fi buff to enjoy Quantum Leap ........ a Bellisario masterpiece!

________ 9 out of 10! ________

Carl Giwa.


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