Quantum Leap (1989–1993)

TV Series   |  TV-PG   |    |  Action, Adventure, Drama


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Quantum Leap (1989) Poster

Scientist Sam Beckett finds himself trapped in the past, "leaping" into the bodies of different people on a regular basis.


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  • Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell in Quantum Leap (1989)
  • Dean Stockwell and Carolyn Seymour in Quantum Leap (1989)
  • Scott Bakula in Quantum Leap (1989)
  • Scott Bakula in Quantum Leap (1989)
  • Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell in Quantum Leap (1989)
  • Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell in Quantum Leap (1989)

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Creator:

Donald P. Bellisario

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10 October 2005 | lovejoypeaceharmony
Catch Up
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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Trivia

The run of this show overlapped with the run of the ABC series China Beach. Both programs featured a main character named "Samuel Beckett"--a name that is most associated with the Irish playwright ("Waiting for Godot," "Endgame," "Happy Days") and novelist who is widely considered to be one of the most important writers of the twentieth century.


Quotes

Al: I went over to check out the cheerleaders. Oh, Sam. There was one little girl who had these pommelos, man.
Sam: Pommelos are grapefruit.
Al: Pommel - that's my point!


Goofs

If "God" was the one leaping Sam, then it would be because God made a mistake. But theoretically speaking, God is perfect and cannot make mistakes.


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)


Soundtracks

Quantum Leap Main Title
Written by
Mike Post
Courtesy of Music Corp. of America (BMI)

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Genres

Action | Adventure | Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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