Quantum Leap

Series Summary
Former scientist Sam Beckett finds himself trapped in time due to an experiment gone awry, leaping into the body of a different person each week. Al Calavicci, at first known only as The Observer, is Sam's holographic adviser -- he provides Sam with some details about his new identity and gives him guidance on how to help the people affected by his presence. But with little memory to help guide him, our hero is forced to bluff his way through many a wacky situation.

Air Dates: 1989 - Present

Genres: Drama, Science fiction, Fantasy

Network: NBC

  • Season 5, Ep. 22 : Mirror Image: August 8, 1953May 5, 1993

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    Sam leaps into himself in the middle of a tavern in a coal-mining town filled with familiar faces; Sam gets an opportunity to change Al's life.

  • Season 5, Ep. 21 : Memphis Melody: July 3, 1954Apr 20, 1993

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    As a young Elvis, Sam risks his career by helping another aspiring singer (Mary Elizabeth McGlynn) escape her abusive fiance.

  • Season 5, Ep. 20 : The Leap Between the States: Sept. 20, 1862Mar 30, 1993

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    As his own great-grandfather, Union soldier Sam must charm his Southern belle great-grandmother (Kate McNeil).

  • Season 5, Ep. 19 : The Beast Within: Nov. 6, 1972Mar 16, 1993

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    Sam (Scott Bakula) becomes a rugged bear-like man who inhabits a mountainside forest with a troubled disabled Vietnam buddy (guest star Sean Gregory Sullivan). With Dean Stockwell.

  • Season 5, Ep. 18 : Goodbye Norma Jean: April 4, 1960Mar 2, 1993

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    Sam becomes Marilyn Monroe's chauffeur to keep her from committing suicide, but Marilyn's new secretary may prevent Sam's rescue.

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  • With some delicious comic touches, Quantum Leap is slyly offering two cheers for the "sensitized" man of the 1980's. Sam even managed to phone his beloved father, who had died in 1974. The experience left him with tears streaming down his face. Mr. Bakula (''Eisenhower & Lutz,'' Broadway's ''Romance Romance'') pulls all of this off with skillful charm. He could easily get away with devouring an entire quiche. [30 Mar 1989, p.C24] Show More

  • Quantum Leap for the most part is so excruciatingly slow and laborious that you wonder if director David Hemmings was trapped in his own time warp. Yet Bakula does nicely, and the story ultimately accelerates and even yields some very affecting moments as Beckett intrudes on his own past. [25 Mar 1989, p.C6] Show More

  • A canny and clever series that makes hardware take a back seat to humanity. [31 Mar 1989, p.3D] Show More

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