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Quantum Leap - Series of the 90s

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Quantum Leap - Series of the 90s


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A TV show created by Donald Bellisario that originally aired on NBC from March 26, 1989 to May 5, 1993 for 96 episodes of 45 minutes each divided into 5 seasons.

It was focused on Dr. Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula), a scientist who becomes lost in time following a time travel experiment, temporarily taking the places of other people to solve problems that once went wrong. He had a friend and sidekick Al Calavicci (Dean Stockwell) a womanizing, cigar-smoking guy, who appeared as a hologram that only Sam could see and hear.

The structure of the series mixed comedy, drama and melodrama elements, social commentary, nostalgia and science fiction. One of its trademarks is that at the end of each episode, Sam "leaps" into the setting for the next episode, usually uttering a dismayed "Oh, boy!"

The leaping started back in 1995 (which was actually the near future when the show debuted in 1989), when Sam Beckett built a machine that would allow anyone to “leap” into different times within his or her lifespan. But the testing process went awry when Sam, ignoring the advice of supercomputer “Ziggy,” stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator… and vanished.

To make things even more interesting he not only leapt through time (the first time to 1956), he leapt into the body of another person. To leap back out, Sam had to right some historical wrong. Al had communication with “Ziggy” back at the project lab, but that process only gave probabilities, not absolute fact.

Others saw Sam as the person whose life he had leapt into, but animals and small children could see further and were harder to fool.

When Sam did right the wrong, he leaped on to a new body, nearly always stuck in some awkward situation. It was like some sort of divine power controlled him. These suspicions were confirmed in the 1993 series finale, an open-ended mystery that baffled some fans and left others begging for more.

Despite being a good show it did not achieve the big numbers of other series and had never been a Top-20 smash, but critical praise and a very loyal following group of fans had kept Quantum Leap running for four seasons and later in syndication. But one thing is for sure, this was one more TV show of the 90s with a unique flavor of originality addictive storyline, at least for those who love time travel or sci-fi programs.

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