The BEST Episodes of Quantum Leap

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 26, 2021

Network: NBC

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 Leap Home (2): Vietnam

#1 - The Leap Home (2): Vietnam

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 5, 1990

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.

star 8.49
411 votes
Directors: Michael Zinberg
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
Glitter Rock

#2 - Glitter Rock

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Apr 10, 1991

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.

star 8.48
190 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Chris Ruppenthal
Ghost Ship

#3 - Ghost Ship

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 4, 1992

August 13, 1956: Flying over the Bermuda Triangle, Sam, as the co-pilot, must prevent the flight from returning to Virginia, to get a seriously ill passenger to a doctor before she dies. Flying through the triangle is riskier than it seems, and Sam, deprived of Al's help when the hologram fades out, must get them through alive.

star 8.39
220 votes
Directors: Anita Addison
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario, Paris Qualles
The Wrong Stuff

#4 - The Wrong Stuff

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 6, 1991

January 24, 1961: The fates make a monkey out of Sam when he leaps into Bobo, an astro-chimp who must avoid succumbing to the experiments of an Air Force neurologist.

star 8.36
270 votes
Directors: Joe Napolitano
Writers: Paul Brown (III)
Leaping of the Shrew

#5 - Leaping of the Shrew

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 29, 1992

September 27, 1956: It's Robinson Crusoe with a twist when Sam leaps into a Greek sailor stranded on a deserted island with a beautiful young rich woman who appears to be less than fond of both him and their stranded situation.

star 8.35
248 votes
Directors: Alan J. Levi
Writers: Richard C. Okie, Robin Jill Bernheim
The Leap Home (1)

#6 - The Leap Home (1)

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 28, 1990

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.

star 8.34
463 votes
Directors: Joe Napolitano
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario

#7 - Hurricane

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 2, 1991

August 17, 1969: Sam meets Camille, and possibly a killer, when he leaps into a deputy sheriff in a small Mississippi town, lying in the path of a deadly hurricane.

star 8.30
274 votes
Writers: Chris Ruppenthal
Private Dancer

#8 - Private Dancer

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Mar 20, 1991

October 6, 1979: An aspiring dancer working as a waitress in a strip club is in danger of being led into a life of prostitution unless Sam, as "Rod the Bod," can convince her to audition for a spot in a professional dance group. But, since she's deaf, the choreographer doesn't believe she has the time to give the young lady the attention she'll need.

star 8.22
246 votes
Directors: Debbie Allen
Writers: Paul Brown (III)
The Leap Back

#9 - The Leap Back

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 18, 1991

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.

star 8.20
338 votes
Directors: Michael Zinberg
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
A Hunting We Will Go

#10 - A Hunting We Will Go

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 18, 1991

June 18, 1976: It's the leap from hell as Sam, a bounty hunter handcuffed to a wily embezzler who will stop at nothing to get away from him, has to deal with his captive, as well as his attraction towards her, despite her countless attacks on him.

star 8.19
272 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Beverly Bridges
Nowhere to Run

#11 - Nowhere to Run

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 6, 1992

August 10, 1968: As a Marine captain whose legs were amputated after a mishap in Vietnam, Sam finds himself in a veteran's hospital, where he must prevent the suicide of a fellow patient who would rather be dead than face life paralyzed from the neck down. Making matters worse, his wife seems incapable of accepting the fact that she and Sam's host can still lead a normal life, in spite of his condition.

star 8.17
242 votes
Directors: Alan J. Levi
Writers: Tommy Thompson
Another Mother

#12 - Another Mother

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 10, 1990

September 30, 1981: As a divorced mother of three, Sam's job of preventing his teenage son from running away, never to be seen again, is made more interesting by the fact that his youngest daughter can see both him and Al.

star 8.15
277 votes
Writers: Deborah Pratt
Good Morning, Peoria

#13 - Good Morning, Peoria

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 8, 1989

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.

star 8.13
274 votes
Directors: Michael Zinberg
Writers: Chris Ruppenthal
Shock Theater

#14 - Shock Theater

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired May 22, 1991

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.

star 8.12
255 votes
Directors: Joe Napolitano
Writers: Deborah Pratt
A Little Miracle

#15 - A Little Miracle

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 21, 1990

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.

star 8.10
328 votes
Writers: Robert Wolterstorff, Sandy Fries
Her Charm

#16 - Her Charm

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 7, 1990

September 26, 1973: Protecting a female member of the witness protection program from a mafia hitman proves difficult for Sam, since the FBI appears to have an informant confounding his attempts to hide her.

star 8.08
325 votes
Writers: Deborah Pratt, Donald P. Bellisario
Nuclear Family

#17 - Nuclear Family

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired May 15, 1991

October 26, 1962: Sam finds himself the brother of a fallout shelter salesman during the Cuban Missile Crisis, where he must defuse a potentially explosive situation as panic sets in on the night of John F. Kennedy's speech to the nation.

star 8.07
220 votes
Writers: Paul Brown (III)
Deliver Us from Evil

#18 - Deliver Us from Evil

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 10, 1992

March 19, 1966: Things are already on there way downhill when Sam leaps back into Jimmy LaMotta. Despite Sam's inaction, history continues to change for the worst. The cause is unknown until Sam discovers another time traveler on the scene, one who's determined to destroy Jimmy's family, as well as Sam.

star 8.07
214 votes
Directors: Bob Hulme
Writers: Deborah Pratt, Robin Jill Bernheim, Tommy Thompson
Play It Again, Seymour

#19 - Play It Again, Seymour

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired May 17, 1989

April 14, 1953: With looks that could double for Humphrey Bogart, Sam is Nick Allen, a private investigator looking for the murderer of his partner and, if he doesn't find the answer in time, himself. The case is solved with a number of Casablanca references as Sam launches a new pulp novelist along the way.

star 8.02
276 votes
Directors: Aaron Lipstadt
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario, Scott Shepherd

#20 - Jimmy

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 22, 1989

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.

star 8.01
290 votes
Writers: Paul M. Belous, Robert Wolterstorff

#21 - M.I.A.

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 9, 1990

April 1, 1969: When Sam leaps into the life of an undercover cop, Al explains that his mission is to convince a navy nurse that her MIA husband is still alive, and to prevent her from marrying a lawyer she meets on the day Sam leaps in. But a series of coincidences causes Sam to wonder about the true nature of his mission.

star 8.00
309 votes
Directors: Michael Zinberg
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
The Beast Within

#22 - The Beast Within

Season 5 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 16, 1993

November 6, 1972: Sam leaps into Henry Adams, one of a trio of friends who fought in Vietnam and came home each with their own personal scars and the memory of a lost buddy. He has to save the life of a friend, Roy, as well as of a young boy, Daniel, who ventures into the woods of Washington looking for proof of Bigfoot.

star 8.00
206 votes
Directors: Gus Trikonis
Writers: John D'Aquino
Blind Faith

#23 - Blind Faith

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 1, 1989

February 6, 1964: Although the concert pianist he leaps into is blind, a fact, which bothers his girlfriend's disapproving mother, Sam can still see. At least until an exploding flashbulb blinds him at the crucial moment: when he must rescue his girlfriend from a serial killer.

star 7.99
270 votes
Writers: Scott Shepherd
A Tale of Two Sweeties

#24 - A Tale of Two Sweeties

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 5, 1993

February 25, 1958: As a horse-playing, traveling brush salesman, Sam finds himself with two wives and two families. Although Ziggy predicts that Sam's mission is to choose between the two lives, the choice is made more difficult by the fact that there's only a 50/50 chance that he'll choose the right one. As if things weren't bad enough, Sam finds that his penniless host owes a pair of bookies some big bucks.

star 7.99
205 votes
Writers: Robin Jill Bernheim
Catch a Falling Star

#25 - Catch a Falling Star

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 6, 1989

May 21, 1979: Sam leaps into Ray Hutton, the understudy for the role of Cervantes just seconds before curtain time. His mission: prevent the drunken star from falling and seriously injuring himself during a benefit performance of "Man of La Mancha." Sam isn't helped by the presence of his former piano teacher, on whom he once had a crush, and who now appears to have caught the star's eye as well.

star 7.98
314 votes
Writers: Paul Brown (III)