Quantum Leap
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Theorizing that one can time travel within one's own lifetime, Dr. Beckett finds himself leaping from life to life, putting things right that once went wrong and hoping each time that his next leap would be the leap home. Those are the words more or less that began each episode of the time traveling TV show Quantum Leap. Each episode featured a different date within the life time of Sam Beckett who found himself taking the form of another person while having to fix whatever problem of the week was. The person with whom he had traded places with would be in the future at Sam Beckett's lab waiting for the return trip home. Of course Sam would never make it home. To help Sam out was his friend Al from his own time who appeared in the form of a hologram.

Quantum Leap has to go down in my mind as one of the best shows of all time. It takes time travel and mixes it with real human drama and excellent story telling. After all what makes the concept of time travel so fascinating is what it might or could do for us on a personal level. Sam goes back in time for all of us, and fixes the problems that forever change the lives of the poor soul of the week. Most of Sam's leaps into time weren't major points of history although he did toward the end leap into some famous people from history like Elvis Presley, and even Lee Harvey Oswald. Most of his leaps were about helping the average guy, or  the average lady.

When creating Time-Rider I had Quantum Leap in mind from the start even though on the surface there aren't a whole lot of similarities other than time travel, but maybe if Sam Beckett were a superhero he'd wear a costume something like Time-Rider, and instead of Al his best friend would be an alien named Max.
for more on Quantum Leap. Quantum Leap Episode Guide  Super Fan Site - Al's Place

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The Quantum Leap Chamber

Al and Sam Beckett

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Scott Bakula

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