Quantum Leap is an American television series that was broadcast on NBC from March 26, 1989 to May 5, 1993, for a total of five seasons per Wikipedia.
“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.” tv.com
Scott Bakula is perhaps best known for his five-year stint on the innovative television series Quantum Leap, which brought him a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama Series, as well as three additional nominations, and four Emmy nominations. He was also honored an unprecedented five times by the Viewers for Quality Television. Today, Quantum Leap remains one of the most popular series in syndication around the world. Plus, a Quantum Leap album features songs Bakula performed in several episodes.
James Garner stars as Jim Rockford, a private investigator who lives and works from his trailer in Malibu, Los Angeles. Jim is an ex-con who had been imprisoned for five years in San Quentin for armed robbery, a crime which he did not commit and was later pardoned. Jim has a quarter page advertisement in the yellow pages, drives a tan Pontiac Firebird and has an answering machine, which plays at the beginning of every episode; “This is Jim Rockford, at the tone leave your name and message, and I’ll get back to you”. A person then leaves a message which usually has no relevance to the episode but is often humorous.
The series also stars Noah Beery Jr as Jim’s father Joseph “Rocky” Rockford, a retired truck driver. Rocky offers words of wisdom, advice or even assistance in some episodes. Rocky frequently pressures his son to leave the PI business and take up safer, honest work, such as trucking. Jim also has a close friendship with Dennis Becker, played by Joe Santos. Dennis is a Los Angeles Police Sergeant, later promoted to Lieutenant. Jim uses Dennis get information, police computer checks and often makes him the hero of the case Jim was investigating.
While Jim was in prison, he met Evelyn ‘Angel’ Martin, wonderfully portrayed by Stuart Margolin. So named because he was always praying the hard cases not to hit him; Angel is sneaky and is always up to something illegal – often involving Jim in his swindles. As part of his parole, he works for his brother-in-law who owns a LA Newspaper. Stuart Margolin is best known for his two-time Emmy award-winning role of “Angel”. First Telecast: September 13, 1974 Last Telecast: July 25, 1980 Nielsen Ratings: (Top 25 or Better) #12 in the 1974-1975 Season