I can't believe how much I love this show!!
It's about this man named Sam who takes part in this time experiment that went to shit so this dude is an unwilling time traveller that keeps "quantum leaping" from timeline to timeline emboding a random person temporarily and he can't jump to another timeline unless he corrects the events that was supposed to happen instead (usually with a happier ending). How does to know who or what to fix? His 'ol womanizing wise ass buddy Al, who only appears to him as a hologram who has thing thingy called Ziggy, a portable computer device that calculates which scenario is likely to have him successfully "leap" to another time. Oh, and he only quantum leaps through the narrow scope of his lifetime, I suppose because the experiement itself is trying to correctly put him back in his correct timeline but is unable to due to the instability.
Soooo until he can go back home, he remains lost in time but in the meantime, he is a time travelling lone ranger to right the wrongs in people's lives, saving some and making their own little world a happier place.
This show deals with many issues. Domestic violence, racism, sexism and at times changing history itself. It's a pretty powerful television series which caters to audiences of a little bit of everything, really. Science fiction, humor, history, drama/melodrama, allusions etc. It's more of story of the week kind of thing that follows a simple formula (at least for now). Sam tries to piece together clues of the person he is possessing, name, career etc and then find out from Ziggy what might be required to be accomplished before he can "leap". Things usually take quite a turn for the worse but almost always, he is able to get what needs to be done and then he is seen making his quantum leap and the episode ends of where he arrives next...most of the times he is in a compromised or humorous or dangerous situation in his new temporary body. Crazy shit!
There are some funny episodes! The one where I'm on is where he is in the body of a very hot young blonde on her first day at a corporate job. Hilarity is the only thing that can happen...the dude dresses as a woman!!! HAHAH!! I need to finish that episode, that's the one I'm on. There is hints of sexism and sexual harrassment in that one though.
That's what I love about this show, it's not afraid to bring to light some serious issues so early in the series. I think that's why it was such a cult hit. I'm already on 2nd season. Can't wait to binge the fuck out of this show. There's 5 seasons total.
Oh, and this is a tv show made in the 80's. It's bad ass!!