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.
Sam Beckett is revealed to have attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his friend and guide, Al Calavicci, is mentioned to have also spent some time there. See more »
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 »
the Devil (as Al):
What gives you the right to leap about time, putting right what I made wrong.
I'm just trying to get home.
the Devil (as Al):
Well, you're not going to make it!
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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 »
Quantum Leap Main Title
Written by Mike Post
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I was so busy rearing two kids as a single mom while working, volunteering, and taking college courses that I totally missed the original run of the series. I'm playing catch up now, watching the re-runs on Sci-Fi. I happened to run into it just a few months ago -- and only b/c I stayed up too late one night. At first, I thought it was just *too cute,* but now I'm hooked. If I can't stay up till 2AM, I have to record it to find out how the next episode goes. It's fabulous!
I especially like how the show leads me to examine the history of the years between the 1950's through the 1980's -- the good, the bad, and the very, very ugly (e.g., the segregated South). Sure, it's encapsulated into a 60 minute segment, but the writers managed to hit enough of the key points to make it worth the air space. And sure, it's P.C. -- sometimes simplistically so -- but that only goes with the territory of the show's premise, which is the hope that we can make this world a better place for everyone, regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, mental abilities, or socio-economic class. That's not a bad philosophy. In fact, it's the same hope that led me to bear children, and then rear them to have hope for their own futures.
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