Quantum Leap (1989–1993)
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Genesis: Part 1 - September 13, 1956 

Although the Project Quantum Leap isn't ready yet, Sam Beckett doesn't listen to supercomputer Ziggy, hops into the Accelerator and leaps. As Tom Stratton, an Air Force test pilot about to ... See full summary »


David Hemmings




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Bakula ... Dr. Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell ... Admiral Al Calavicci
Jennifer Runyon ... Peggy Stratton
John Allen Nelson ... Capt. Bill 'Bird Dog' Birdell
W.K. Stratton W.K. Stratton ... Dr. Berger
Newell Alexander ... John Beckett
Lee de Broux ... Coach (as Lee DeBroux)
Larry Poindexter ... Capt. Tony LaMott
Bruce McGill ... Weird Ernie
Amanda Horan Kennedy ... Tina (as Barbra Horan)
David Trent David Trent ... Captain Doug Walker
James F. Dean James F. Dean ... Dr. Blaustein
Lela Ivey Lela Ivey ... Lucy
Dennis Wolfberg Dennis Wolfberg ... Gooshie
Lydia Cornell ... Sally


Although the Project Quantum Leap isn't ready yet, Sam Beckett doesn't listen to supercomputer Ziggy, hops into the Accelerator and leaps. As Tom Stratton, an Air Force test pilot about to attempt a dangerous flight. Sam finds his memory Swiss cheesed, with only enough left to know that he is not where or when he belongs. According to Sam's friend and partner Al, who appears to him as a hologram nobody else can see, Al explains that the Project has gone awry and in order to leap out of the pilot's body, Sam must successfully fly the X-2 to Mach 3, which according to historical records, ended in a fatal crash. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Release Date:

26 March 1989 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lela Ivey, who played Peggy's friend Lucy, also plays Chloe in the episode "Permanent Wave" later in the series. See more »


When Sam is co-piloting the bomber and the pilot leaves his seat, the image of the plane from outside is backwards. The words "US AIR FORCE" on the nose are printed backwards. See more »


[Sam has just made the first Quantum Leap]
Sam: We did it!... Did what?
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Alternate Versions

When NBC reran this episode along with the other first season episodes, they cut the two hour pilot down to 90 minutes. The first scene of Al and the girl in the car was cut with the episode opening on Sam first waking up after leaping into Tom Stratton. The show continues like the original until the shot where Sam runs out of the house after seeing the "Howdy Doody" clip and he says his line about "....there's usually a Boogyman." At this point the opening credits run. After that there are some minor bits of footage cut from the flying sequences. The biggest cut comes at the end when the entire second leap into baseball player Tim Fox is removed. Sam gives Tom's son a thumb's up at the end of the first leap. Instead of Tom's son throwing Sam the baseball as in the original - the picture freeze frames on Sam's thumbs up, and he turns electric blue with the now standard leap effects, and we get the preview of next week's rerun, the episode with Sam as a teacher. See more »


Features The Howdy Doody Show (1947) See more »


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quite the show
6 July 2002 | by kimpham54See all my reviews

this show, made in the 80s, probably has the most clever idea. it definitely can have an infinite number of plots and it can never get boring because the writers have so much to work with. I am a fan of science-fiction shows and movies and i personally think this show is priceless. it's clever and lovable. The two main characters, Sam and Al are very likeable because of their persistent charm and wit. and the show will never fail to bring sentimental values and suspense (at times).

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