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Quantum Leap was a science fiction television program which ran from 1989 to 1993 on NBC. It followed the adventures of Dr. Samuel Beckett (played by Scott Bakula), a brilliant theoretical scientist who finds himself abruptly and uncontrollably jumping in time, temporarily switching places with diverse people at various times within his own lifetime, the second half of the 20th century.

Sam's unintended travels begin when his time travel experiment gets mysteriously co-opted by an unidentified higher power, which uses him (for unknown reasons) to avert tragedies in ordinary people's lives. Sam also suffers from an uneven amnesia, called Swiss-cheesing or (as a technical term in the show's universe) magnafluxing, which prevents him from remembering most of the details of his own life. His only link to his own time is a holographic projection of his friend Al (played by Dean Stockwell), who is usually visible only to Sam. The catch-phrase used at the beginning of every episode was typically: "Oh boy..." The show's ninety-seven episodes aired on NBC between March 1989 and May 1993.

The term holographic projection is taken from the program, although it is not the same as real holography. The show's "hologram" is a three dimensional projection; Al enters an Imaging Chamber in which the image of Al and anything he is touching, e.g., a person or cigar, are visible to Sam and Sam can hear Al speak, and correspondingly events in the past are visible and audible to Al. However, throughout the series, it has been found that animals and young children can see Al. This has been used to Sam's advantage on a few occasions, such as Al soothing a crying child or leading a dog away from Sam.

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> Airing History & Information 
Premiere March 26, 1989
Episodes 97
Network NBC
Format/Time Color / 60 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
 
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Season 2 (Universal Home Video)
(December 14, 2004) Buy It (USA) (Canada)
Season 3 (Universal Home Video)
(May 10, 2005) Buy It (USA) (Canada)
Season 4 (Universal Home Video)
(March 28, 2006)
 


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