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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 26, 1989
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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61

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Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

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  • Summary: "Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished. He woke to find himself trapped in the past, facing mirror images that were not his own and driven by an unknown force to change history for the better."Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished. He woke to find himself trapped in the past, facing mirror images that were not his own and driven by an unknown force to change history for the better. His only guide on this journey is Al, an observer from his own time, who appears in the form of a hologram that only Sam can see and hear. And so Dr. Beckett finds himself leaping from life to life, striving to put right what once went wrong, and hoping each time that his next leap will be the leap home." Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Science Fiction

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jun 30, 2013
    90
    Beyond its gimmicky concept and fantasy angle, Quantum Leap -- from "Magnum, P.I." creator Donald P. Bellisario -- touches on forms of alienation that grip everybody at one time or another. For Sam, it's one time or several others...The premise holds out a prospect even more attractive in the late '80s than it would be in many other eras: escape from the present. [25 Mar 1989, p.D1]
  2. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jun 30, 2013
    80
    A canny and clever series that makes hardware take a back seat to humanity. [31 Mar 1989, p.3D]
  3. The New York Times
    Reviewed by: John J. O'Connor
    Jun 30, 2013
    80
    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]
  4. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: Robert P. Laurence
    Jun 30, 2013
    50
    The only thing for sure about Quantum Leap is that it's a difficult show to explain to anybody, and that the more difficult it is to explain a show, the less likely it is to succeed. [25 Mar 1989, p.C-7]
  5. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Clifford Terry
    Jun 30, 2013
    50
    Familiar turf, but not bad, considering. Trouble is, the premise will wear out quickly. [24 Mar 1989, p.4]
  6. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jun 30, 2013
    40
    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]
  7. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Steve Sonsky
    Jun 30, 2013
    40
    It was all quite boring...What the series does have going for it is a nostalgic sense of humor and Bakula, whom some may recall from Eisenhower and Lutz, a midseason show that lasted about 10 minutes last spring. Bakula has this hound-dog kind of handsomeness and a certain goofy charm...What it has going against it, is its sheer nutty illogic. Even science fiction is supposed to have some ground rules. God? Holograms? Amnesia? Come on! This thing is just nonsense.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. Dec 21, 2016
    9
    This series I first saw a few years ago, the first thing that came to my mind that the old with bad special effects, however, I decided toThis series I first saw a few years ago, the first thing that came to my mind that the old with bad special effects, however, I decided to look and I did not regret it. If we neglect the above-written series is actually very good with the original theme and is one of those series that with the same enthusiasm you look from the first to the last episode. Give it a chance you will not regret. Expand
  2. Dec 17, 2016
    9
    I first watched Quantum Leap as a kid back in about 1995, and it remains one of my all-time favourite TV shows to this day. Following a timeI first watched Quantum Leap as a kid back in about 1995, and it remains one of my all-time favourite TV shows to this day. Following a time travel experiment that went wrong each episode sees Sam (Scott Bakula) 'leaping' into the body of someone from the past in order to change something that went wrong in their lives.

    The sci-fi and time travel elements are really only a minor part of the show however as this is really a drama series at heart. What made Quantum Leap stand out for me was the way in which it dealt with real life issues, such as racism or the loss of loved ones, in such an interesting and honest way and it remains a show well worth watching, even 25+ years after it was first broadcast.
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