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Quantum Leap 

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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.
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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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Cast

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 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.

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Trivia

In season two, episode fourteen, "All-Americans", Al Calavicci correctly predicts the Pittsburgh Steelers would be playing in Super Bowl XXX. 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 »

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[repeated line - season 1]
Sam: It all started when a time travel experiment I was conducting went... a little ka-ka. In the blink of a cosmic clock I went from quantum physicist to air force test pilot. Which could have been fun... if I knew how to fly. Fortunately, I had help. An observer from the project named Al. Unfortunately, Al's a hologram, so all he can lend is moral support. Anyway, here I am. Bouncing around in time, putting things right which once went wrong. A sort of time traveling Lone...
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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 Lance LeGault, starting with ANOTHER MOTHER
  • 2. narrated by Deborah Pratt, starting with ALL AMERICANS
  • 3. narrated by Deborah Pratt (with a Ziggy-esque computerized echo effect added to her voice), starting with HER CHARM
  • 4. the syndicated version (Deborah Pratt narrated)
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Connections

Referenced in Family Guy: Back to the Pilot (2011) 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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quantum Leap See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(97 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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