TV Series | TV-PG | | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.
Throughout the series, Sam Beckett meets many "future" famous people including: Buddy Holly, Michael Jackson, Stephen King, Donald Trump, Marilyn Monroe, Bill Clinton, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Elvis Presley.
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. ...
In the Season 5 opening, "Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime...", the visuals reflect the narration. The narrator says, "Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished...", what is seen is him leaving the imaging chamber after leaping back to New Mexico.
There is an alternate ending to the finale episode "Mirror Image". In the alternate version, the screen does not fade out in the middle of the Leap of Al's young picture. Instead, the Leap completes showing a picture of an older Al. The camera pulls back to show the picture is a family portrait with his wife, Beth, and his four daughters. This version is not for sale by Universal. It was never supposed to leave the editing rooms, but somehow it got out. The only copies available are bootleg copies.