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21. Quantum Leap

Almost 30 years after it debuted in 1989, Quantum Leap remains a beloved classic science fiction TV series. Scott Bacula stars as Dr. Sam Beckett, a physicist who ends up taking a leap through spacetime using a government-sponsored program and ends up taking over the body of someone to correct “historical mistakes.”

The show was fun because Sam would wake up in someone else’s body at the precise time when he needed to stop the person from making a terrible mistake.

With Bakula as the star, it was him that the audience watched and there was only one part in each episode where viewers would see what the person he was possessing really looked like.

The second star of the show was Dean Stockwell, who played Sam’s best friend Al and could show up as a hologram to give advice and help him figure out what needed to be done to help fix history.

Quantum Leap was a fun show that remains a cult classic. It lasted for five seasons on NBC and a total of 97 episodes from 1989 to 1993.

While the show was a mission-of-the-week format, there was also a pure science fiction storyline overrunning the series with Sam unable to return, continuously leaping into other bodies while trying to eventually find a way to leap back into his own body and return home.