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A boy genius and his comrades travel to different parallel universes, trying to find their way back home.
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Complete series cast summary:
...  Rembrandt 'Crying Man' Brown 87 episodes, 1995-2000
...  Quinn Mallory / ... 70 episodes, 1995-2000
...  Capt. Maggie Beckett 49 episodes, 1997-2000
...  Wade Welles 48 episodes, 1995-1999
...  Prof. Maximilian Arturo / ... 40 episodes, 1995-1997
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Quinn Mallory, while working on an anti-gravity machine, accidentally creates a portal to a parallel universe. Eventually, his friends and an unwilling participant accidentally get stuck traveling among parallel worlds, trying to survive, and learning that sliding can lead to fatal results. Meanwhile, among many changes in their group, they try to rescue the multiverse from the Kromagg Dynasty. Written by Lee Jamilkowski

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If you saw a doorway leading into another dimension... Would you step through it? See more »


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22 March 1995 (USA)  »

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Clinton Derricks-Carroll, the identical twin brother of Cleavant Derricks, played his character Rembrandt's alter ego in Sliders: The King Is Back (1995), Sliders: Greatfellas (1996), and Sliders: The Prince of Slides (1996). In their two second-season appearances together, more make-up was used to cause virtually no audience member to be able to tell them apart. Both times, Clevant and Clinton actually swapped roles during the final scenes, and no one was aware that Clinton was the one playing the Rembrandt who slid with the other main characters. See more »

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When the vortex is created (to enter) it is often shown sucking things into it (usually for plot purposes) yet it is also often shown blowing their hair, debris, etc. away before they jump/slide. See more »

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Quinn Mallory: [season two opening monologue] What if you could travel to parallel worlds? The same year, the same Earth, only different dimensions. A world where the Russians rule America... or where your dreams of being superstar came true... or where San Francisco was a maximum-security prison. My friends and I found the gateway. Now the problem is... finding a way back home.
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The pilot episode end credits run over a TV screen showing The Spinning Tops singing 'Cry Like A Man'. See more »

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Casting or Writing: Which Bombed First?
21 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

The original Sliders, featuring O'Connell, Rhys-Davies, Lloyd and Derricks, had potential: a Quantum Leap that held up better from a hard sci-fi POV.

Sure, the alternate worlds differed along only a narrow spectrum (no worlds where Aristotle's corpus was lost at sea or where the Spanish were beaten back by the Aztecs and Mayans--in short, nothing compared to Poul Anderson's Time Patrol novels), but for TV, it was forgiveable. The show could have served a real allegorical purpose, like the original Star Trek episodes, smuggling in controversy in veiled, science-fiction form under the radars of network censors.

And maybe it tried, and maybe it would have tried harder, but either the writing so petered out that the original stars split or the stars bolted and the writers scrambled to patch together the vehicle that had been abandoned. Down goes Sabrina Lloyd, then John Rhys-Davies, then the star, Jerry O'Connell. By the time Cleavant Derricks' seniority finally grants him the dubious honor of doing the opening voiceover narration, the show's been utterly gutted.

Maybe there's something philosophical in the program's blandness: an episode on a world without aluminum doesn't use that lack for anything more than a plot complication amid a standard good-guys vs. bad-guys story. Maybe the message in these all-too-similar worlds is that no matter how wacky the axiomatic differences among quantum realities, it's all same-old, same-old.

Network TV should be relieved at that news.


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