The Best Episodes of Quantum Leap

Last Updated: Nov 10, 2018

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.

The Leap Home

#1 - The Leap Home

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.

star 8.30
92 votes
Directors: Joe Napolitano
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
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The Leap Home Part II - Vietnam

#2 - The Leap Home Part II - Vietnam

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.

star 8.25
96 votes
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
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Mirror Image

#3 - Mirror Image

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?

star 8.19
89 votes
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
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The Last Door (3)

#4 - The Last Door (3)

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.

star 8.19
41 votes
Writers: Deborah Pratt
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Shock Theater

#5 - Shock Theater

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.

star 8.16
50 votes
Directors: Joe Napolitano
Writers: Deborah Pratt
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Glitter Rock

#6 - Glitter Rock

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.

star 8.12
42 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Chris Ruppenthal
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Jimmy

#7 - Jimmy

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.

star 8.09
76 votes
Writers: Paul M. Belous, Robert Wolterstorff
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A Little Miracle

#8 - A Little Miracle

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.

star 8.05
54 votes
Writers: Sandy Fries, Robert Wolterstorff
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Future Boy

#9 - Future Boy

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.

star 8.04
45 votes
Writers: Tommy Thompson
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Good Morning, Peoria

#10 - Good Morning, Peoria

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.

star 8.02
82 votes
Writers: Chris Ruppenthal
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Lee Harvey Oswald (1)

#11 - Lee Harvey Oswald (1)

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.

star 8.00
45 votes
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
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Lee Harvey Oswald (2)

#12 - Lee Harvey Oswald (2)

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.

star 8.00
31 votes
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
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Camikazi Kid

#13 - Camikazi Kid

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.

star 8.00
104 votes
Directors: Alan J. Levi
Writers: Paul Brown (III)
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Nowhere to Run

#14 - Nowhere to Run

Season 5 - Episode 4

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 7.98
44 votes
Directors: Alan J. Levi
Writers: Tommy Thompson
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The Leap Back

#15 - The Leap Back

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 girl friend.

star 7.97
67 votes
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
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A Hunting We Will Go

#16 - A Hunting We Will Go

Season 3 - Episode 18

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 7.96
44 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Beverly Bridges
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So Help Me God

#17 - So Help Me God

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.

star 7.96
83 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Deborah Pratt
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Star Light, Star Bright

#18 - Star Light, Star Bright

Season 5 - Episode 6

May 21, 1966: Sam leaps into a 79-year-old man whose son wants to have him committed when he claims to have seen UFO's. Sam is kept busy as he tries to keep the family together, prevent the future drug overdose of "his" grandson, and avoid the sinister plans of the military, all before the next anticipated UFO sighting.

star 7.95
40 votes
Writers: Richard C. Okie
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Memphis Melody

#19 - Memphis Melody

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.

star 7.95
44 votes
Writers: Robin Jill Bernheim
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Justice

#20 - Justice

Season 4 - Episode 4

May 11, 1965: Sam must don the robe of a Ku Klux Klansman in order to save the life of an ambitious young civil rights leader, who is trying to register black voters.

star 7.93
45 votes
Directors: Rob Bowman
Writers: Toni Graphia
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Hurricane

#21 - Hurricane

Season 4 - Episode 3

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 7.93
46 votes
Writers: Chris Ruppenthal
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Nuclear Family

#22 - Nuclear Family

Season 3 - Episode 21

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 7.93
43 votes
Writers: Paul Brown (III)
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Private Dancer

#23 - Private Dancer

Season 3 - Episode 14

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 7.93
45 votes
Directors: Debbie Allen
Writers: Paul Brown (III)
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Leaping of the Shrew

#24 - Leaping of the Shrew

Season 5 - Episode 3

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 7.92
51 votes
Directors: Alan J. Levi
Writers: Robin Jill Bernheim, Richard C. Okie
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Pool Hall Blues

#25 - Pool Hall Blues

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.

star 7.90
70 votes
Directors: Joe Napolitano
Writers: Randy Holland
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