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The Best Episodes of Quantum Leap

Every episode of Quantum Leap ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Quantum Leap!

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.

Genres:Sci-Fi & FantasyAction & AdventureDrama
Network:NBC

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The best episode of "Quantum Leap" is "The Leap Home (1)", rated 9.2/10 from 919 user votes. It was directed by Joe Napolitano and written by Donald P. Bellisario. "The Leap Home (1)" aired on 9/28/1990 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Mirror Image".

  • The Leap Home (1)
    9.2/10 919 votes

    #1 - The Leap Home (1)

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 1990-09-28

    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.

    Director: Joe Napolitano

    Writer: Donald P. Bellisario

  • Mirror Image
    9.1/10 907 votes

    #2 - Mirror Image

    Season 5 Episode 22 - Aired 1993-05-05

    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?

    Director: James Whitmore Jr.

    Writer: Donald P. Bellisario

  • The Leap Home (2): Vietnam
    9.0/10 847 votes

    #3 - The Leap Home (2): Vietnam

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 1990-10-05

    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.

    Director: Michael Zinberg

    Writer: Donald P. Bellisario

  • M.I.A.
    8.8/10 761 votes

    #4 - M.I.A.

    Season 2 Episode 22 - Aired 1990-05-09

    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.

    Director: Michael Zinberg

    Writer: Donald P. Bellisario

  • Shock Theater
    8.7/10 577 votes

    #5 - Shock Theater

    Season 3 Episode 22 - Aired 1991-05-22

    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.

    Director: Joe Napolitano

    Writer: Deborah Pratt

  • The Leap Back
    8.7/10 644 votes

    #6 - The Leap Back

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 1991-09-18

    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.

    Director: Michael Zinberg

    Writer: Donald P. Bellisario

  • Jimmy
    8.5/10 711 votes

    #7 - Jimmy

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 1989-11-22

    October 14, 1964: Since mainstreaming the mentally ill 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 co-workers' acceptance, to prevent his brother from returning Jimmy to the institution.

    Director: James Whitmore Jr.

    Writer: Paul M. Belous, Robert Wolterstorff

  • A Leap for Lisa
    8.5/10 520 votes

    #8 - A Leap for Lisa

    Season 4 Episode 22 - Aired 1992-05-20

    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.

    Director: James Whitmore Jr.

    Writer: Donald P. Bellisario

  • The Color of Truth
    8.4/10 812 votes

    #9 - The Color of Truth

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 1989-05-03

    August 8, 1955: Sam experiences racism firsthand when he leaps into the body of an elderly black man in the pre-civil rights South of 1955.

    Director: Michael Vejar

    Writer: Deborah Pratt

  • Justice
    8.2/10 460 votes

    #10 - Justice

    Season 4 Episode 4 - Aired 1991-10-09

    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.

    Director: Rob Bowman

    Writer: Toni Graphia

  • Raped
    8.2/10 488 votes

    #11 - Raped

    Season 4 Episode 6 - Aired 1991-10-30

    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.

    Director: Michael Zinberg

    Writer: Beverly Bridges

  • It's A Wonderful Leap
    8.2/10 468 votes

    #12 - It's A Wonderful Leap

    Season 4 Episode 18 - Aired 1992-04-01

    May 10, 1958: Sam finds himself behind the wheel of a New York taxicab, in the life of Max Greenman, a driver striving to win his own tag, a license to drive his own cab. His mission is aided with the help of a woman who claims to be a guardian angel.

    Director: Paul Brown

    Writer: Danielle Alexandra

  • Good Morning, Peoria
    8.1/10 662 votes

    #13 - Good Morning, Peoria

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 1989-11-08

    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.

    Director: Michael Zinberg

    Writer: Chris Ruppenthal, Michael Zinberg

  • Future Boy
    8.1/10 500 votes

    #14 - Future Boy

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 1991-03-13

    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.

    Director: Michael Switzer

    Writer: Tommy Thompson

  • The Leap Between the States
    8.1/10 431 votes

    #15 - The Leap Between the States

    Season 5 Episode 20 - Aired 1993-03-30

    September 20, 1862: In a bizarre twist of a genetic coil, Sam leaps into his great-grandfather, Captain John Beckett, during the Civil War. He must not interfere with his ancestor's romance with a riled southern belle named Olivia. He must also avoid being hanged as a Yankee dog by some home guard Confederate soldiers.

    Director: David Hemmings

    Writer: Richard C. Okie

  • Camikazi Kid
    8.0/10 747 votes

    #16 - Camikazi Kid

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 1989-05-10

    June 6, 1961: Sam leaps into the life of a teen-age hot-rodder who must stop his sister from marrying a wealthy bully.

    Director: Alan J. Levi

    Writer: Paul Brown

  • So Help Me God
    8.0/10 592 votes

    #17 - So Help Me God

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 1989-11-29

    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.

    Director: Andy Cadiff

    Writer: Deborah Pratt

  • The Boogieman
    8.0/10 627 votes

    #18 - The Boogieman

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 1990-10-26

    October 31, 1964: Things do more than go bump in the night when Sam leaps into Joshua Raye, a horror novelist on Halloween. Although Ziggy claims he's there to prevent the death of a church deacon, things get even stranger when two more people die without warning.

    Director: Joe Napolitano

    Writer: Chris Ruppenthal

  • Last Dance Before an Execution
    8.0/10 454 votes

    #19 - Last Dance Before an Execution

    Season 3 Episode 19 - Aired 1991-05-01

    May 12, 1971: "Just think of someplace far away" is the advice Sam hears as he leaps into Jesus Ortega, a Cuban-American being strapped into an electric chair. A last second stay of execution gives Sam just forty-eight hours to either prove himself innocent or fulfill his mission so that he can leap before the Big Switch is pulled

    Director: Michael W. Watkins

    Writer: N/A

  • Deliver Us from Evil
    8.0/10 481 votes

    #20 - Deliver Us from Evil

    Season 5 Episode 7 - Aired 1992-11-10

    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.

    Director: Bob Hulme

    Writer: Tommy Thompson, Deborah Pratt, Robin Jill Bernheim

  • Trilogy (3)
    8.0/10 457 votes

    #21 - Trilogy (3)

    Season 5 Episode 10 - Aired 1992-11-24

    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.

    Director: James Whitmore Jr.

    Writer: Deborah Pratt

  • Another Mother
    7.9/10 605 votes

    #22 - Another Mother

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 1990-01-10

    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.

    Director: Joseph L. Scanlan

    Writer: Deborah Pratt

  • A Little Miracle
    7.9/10 514 votes

    #23 - A Little Miracle

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 1990-12-21

    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.

    Director: Michael W. Watkins

    Writer: Sandy Fries

  • Nowhere to Run
    7.9/10 458 votes

    #24 - Nowhere to Run

    Season 5 Episode 4 - Aired 1992-10-06

    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.

    Director: Alan J. Levi

    Writer: Tommy Thompson

  • Killin' Time
    7.9/10 450 votes

    #25 - Killin' Time

    Season 5 Episode 5 - Aired 1992-10-20

    June 18, 1958: Sam leaps into a tricky situation as an escaped killer holed up in a house with a mother and daughter as hostages. Escape isn't going to be easy for either Sam or his hostages, when the real killer breaks out of the waiting room, stranding Sam in the past, destined to die at the hands of a vengeful sheriff.

    Director: Michael W. Watkins

    Writer: Tommy Thompson