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Quantom Leap

A TV show that aired on NBC from 1989 to 1993.

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  • Feb 28, 2012
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I've been catching up with this brilliant series from my youth thanks to the Science Channel. I forgot how great this show was.
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Quantum Leap is an American television series that aired on NBC from March 1989 to May 1993. The series was created by Donald P. Bellisario, and starred Scott Bakula as Dr. Samuel Beckett, a scientist who becomes lost in time following a botched experiment. Dean Stockwell co-starred as Al, Sam's womanizing sidekick and best friend, who appeared to Sam as a hologram that only Sam and a select few others could see or hear.

Scott Bakula
Dean Stockwell

Show summary

In the series' first episode, Sam appears in the past with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Referred to often throughout the series as the "swiss cheese effect," Sam's partial amnesia prevents him from remembering most of the details of his own life... all he knows is that he's not who everyone in the past seems to think he is. Fortunately Al Calavicci (Dean Stockwell), Sam's best friend, appears to him in holographic form and explains that Sam is the victim of a time travel experiment that "went a little caca." Now Sam is lost in time, and his colleagues are having difficulty "retrieving" him and bringing him back to his own time.

Sam soon learns that the man he replaced in the past (or "leaped into," in the show's parlance) is an Air Force test pilot who was about to be killed during a botched flight. Sam saves the man (as well as his wife and unborn child), believing that doing so might enable him to return to his own time, but soon "leaps" ...
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Premiere Date: March 26, 1989
Description: Scott Bakula stars as Dr. Sam Beckett, a scientist who becomes lost in time following a botched experiment. Dean Stockwell co-stars as Al, Sam's womanizing, cigar-smoking sidekick and best friend.
Genre: Science Fiction, Drama, Action, Adventure
Studio: NBC
Original Air Date: March 26, 1989
DVD Release Date: November 8 2004
Original Air Date: May 3, 1989
Description: Sam leaps into Jessie Tyler, an aging black chauffeur in the segregated South. He must save his wealthy white employer from dying in a car crash, while persuading her to play a more active role in the civil rights movement.
TV Show: Quantum Leap
Genre: General - Action/Adventure, Comedy, Family/Children, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
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