8.1
1,289 votes
Quantum Leap

Quantum Leap

NBC 1989

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.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Quantum Leap

Quantum Leap - S3E1

#1 - The Leap Home (1)

8.24

Season 3 - Episode 1

November 25, 1969: As himself at the age of 16, Sam has the opportunity to both win the high school basketball championship and save his family from their sad fates.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Quantum Leap from 96 votes.

Quantum Leap - S3E2

#2 - The Leap Home (2): Vietnam

8.18

Season 3 - Episode 2

April 7, 1970: As a Navy SEAL in his own brother's squad, Sam must determine whether he is there to save Tom's life or ensure the success of the mission on which his brother was killed. Also Al from 1970 was a P.O.W.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Quantum Leap from 101 votes.

Quantum Leap - S3E22

#3 - Shock Theater

8.13

Season 3 - Episode 22

October 3, 1954: Leaping into Sam Bederman, a mental patient who is suffering from acute depression, Sam receives an overloaded electroshock treatment, which causes his Swiss-cheesed memory to be replaced by personas from previous leaps. Al, finding himself visible to the mentally absent, must try to complete Sam's mission, and convince him to take another shock treatment, in order to leap Sam out before contact is lost forever.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Quantum Leap from 56 votes.

Quantum Leap - S5E10

#4 - Trilogy (3): The Last Door

8.13

Season 5 - Episode 10

July 28, 1978: Sam is an aging lawyer, recruited by Abigail, now thirty-three, to defend her when she is put on trial for the murder of Leta Aider, the woman whose daughter Abigail was accused of killing almost twenty-five years earlier.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Quantum Leap from 40 votes.

Quantum Leap - S5E22

#5 - Mirror Image

8.10

Season 5 - Episode 22

August 8, 1953: Sam lands in a not-so-ordinary bar in a coal-mining town, where strange things are happening and familiar people don't know him. With the help of another Al, he still has something to set right ... or is there more than one thing he needs to change?

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Quantum Leap from 96 votes.

Quantum Leap - S2E8

#6 - Jimmy

8.01

Season 2 - Episode 8

October 14, 1964: Since mainstreaming the mentally retarded is not yet a popular concept, Sam must help Jimmy LaMotta, the "slow" young man he's leaped into, get a job and gain his coworkers' acceptance, to prevent his brother from returning Jimmy to the institution.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Quantum Leap from 88 votes.

Quantum Leap - S2E9

#7 - So Help Me God

7.98

Season 2 - Episode 9

July 29, 1957: Though he can't remember much more than habeas corpus, Sam finds himself the defense attorney for a young black woman accused of murdering the son of the most powerful man in a small Louisiana town.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Quantum Leap from 93 votes.

Quantum Leap - S5E1

#8 - Lee Harvey Oswald (1)

7.96

Season 5 - Episode 1

October 5, 1957 - November 22, 1963: As a result of leaping again before he had a chance to complete his original mission, Sam finds himself leaping back and forth through the life of Lee Harvey Oswald. Following the sole assassin theory, Sam and Al attempt to prevent Oswald's attack on John F. Kennedy. But, with each leap giving Oswald more control over Sam's body, history seems doomed to repeat itself.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Quantum Leap from 45 votes.

Quantum Leap - S2E6

#9 - Good Morning, Peoria

7.91

Season 2 - Episode 6

September 9, 1959: Rock 'n' roll is about to become big, but not in Peoria. That is, unless Sam, as DJ Howlin' Chick Howell, can manage to keep the radio station where he's employed from being shut down by overly conservative town elders.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Quantum Leap from 98 votes.

Quantum Leap - S4E1

#10 - The Leap Back

7.89

Season 4 - Episode 1

June 15, 1945: Struck by lightning, Sam and Al find their roles reversed, as Sam returns to the future, and to a long-lost love, while Al leaps back to 1945 to prevent the death of a returning World War II hero and his former girlfriend.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Quantum Leap from 66 votes.

Quantum Leap - S1E8
#11 - Camikazi Kid
7.88
Season 1 - Episode 8

June 6, 1961: As a high school nerd, Sam is required to prevent the marriage of his sister to an abusive drinker, with the wedding only three days away. By drag racing the prospective husband, beating him with a car that couldn't have won without nitrous oxide, Sam shows the groom's true tendencies.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Quantum Leap from 125 votes.

Quantum Leap - S3E17
#12 - Glitter Rock
7.85
Season 3 - Episode 17

April 12, 1974: Sam is a glitter rock star in danger of being stabbed to death after a performance, unless Sam can determine who, from a growing list of people, the real killer is.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Quantum Leap from 46 votes.

Quantum Leap - S5E21
#13 - Memphis Melody
7.84
Season 5 - Episode 21

July 3, 1954: Sam swivels his hips into Elvis Presley, mere days before he is discovered. Along with making sure that Elvis does become the King, Sam must help Sue Anne, a local songbird, from being trapped in a not-so-gilded cage of marriage.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Quantum Leap from 44 votes.

Quantum Leap - S1E1
#14 - Genesis (1)
7.83
Season 1 - Episode 1

September 13, 1956: Although the Project Quantum Leap (PQL) isn't ready yet, Sam doesn't listen his supercomputer, Ziggy, and hops into the Accelerator and leaps. As Tom Stratton, an Air Force test pilot, Sam finds his memory Swiss cheesed, with only enough left to know that he is not where or when he belongs. Al explains that the Project has gone "a little caca" and that the only way Sam can leap out is by flying the X-2 to Mach 3. Instead, Sam leaps after saving his wife and child, only to find that rather than leaping home, he's leapt into Ken Fox, a minor league baseball player in Texas, at the end of the 1968 season, where he must make the winning play in order to leap.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Quantum Leap from 329 votes.

Quantum Leap - S4E22
#15 - A Leap for Lisa
7.80
Season 4 - Episode 22

June 25, 1957: Sam leaps into Al Calavicci to prevent the death of his married lover. But when Sam accidentally alters history, and finds out too late about her untimely demise, it could mean the gas chamber for Al and disturbingly a whole new situation at Project Quantum Leap.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Quantum Leap from 44 votes.

Quantum Leap - S3E10
#16 - A Little Miracle
7.79
Season 3 - Episode 10

December 24, 1962: On Christmas Eve, Sam leap into Reginald Pierson, valet to a wealthy contractor, who is in danger of losing his soul in an attempt to demolish a Salvation Army mission, so he can build his "Blake's Plaza." Seeing a similarity to the Dickens's character, Sam and Al decide to "Scrooge" the greed out of the man.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Quantum Leap from 57 votes.

Quantum Leap - S5E2
#17 - Lee Harvey Oswald (2)
7.77
Season 5 - Episode 2

October 5, 1957 - November 22, 1963: As a result of leaping again before he had a chance to complete his original mission, Sam finds himself leaping back and forth through the life of Lee Harvey Oswald. Following the sole assassin theory, Sam and Al attempt to prevent Oswald's attack on John F. Kennedy. But, with each leap giving Oswald more control over Sam's body, history seems doomed to repeat itself.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Quantum Leap from 31 votes.

Quantum Leap - S2E18
#18 - Pool Hall Blues
7.77
Season 2 - Episode 18

September 4, 1954: In order to help his granddaughter save a small bar from the slimy loan shark holding a note on the place, Sam has to play pool like a pro...with a little help from Al and Ziggy.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Quantum Leap from 75 votes.

Quantum Leap - S4E6
#19 - Raped
7.77
Season 4 - Episode 6

June 20, 1980: It's up to Sam to try to bring a rapist to justice when he leaps into the perp's victim, a young woman who may have been unwilling to press charges against the young man - the son of the pillar of the community.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Quantum Leap from 44 votes.

Quantum Leap - S3E13
#20 - Future Boy
7.77
Season 3 - Episode 13

October 6, 1957: Sam leaps Kenny Sharp, better known as "Future Boy," sidekick to Moe Stein, host of the kid's show, "Time Patrol," who also happens to be building a time machine in his basement. Unless Sam can prevent Moe's daughter from attempting to have her father committed, Moe is destined to be killed as he tries to hop a freight train.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Quantum Leap from 52 votes.

Last updated: mar 26, 2021

Comments

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One of my favorite shows from the 90's. And since there are numerous remakes being developed, may I pitch one more ~ Quantum Leap How cool would that be knowing what we know now?!

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They should remake this. Would be a massive success, I think.

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Just watched the whole series for the first time, absolutely loved the show, but wish they had ended it differently. Such a sad ending when you look at all he went through.

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Just watched the whole series for the first time, absolutely loved the show, but wish they had ended it differently. Such a sad ending when you look at all he went through.

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Just watched the whole series for the first time, absolutely loved the show, but wish they had ended it differently. Such a sad ending when you look at all he went through.

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One of the best shows to exist. It had everything in it: comedy, sci-fi, mystery, action, wit, intellect, romance, and everything in between.

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Still one of my top 10 favorite TV shows of all time! And Dr. Sam Beckett is in my top 5 favorite characters. I agree with the other posts...a remake of this show could be amazing.

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I remember this show fondly.Very entertaining.

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