Quantum Leap

TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Classic sci-fi series hops and skips through time.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 4 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 12+

Great series.

This was an excellent series for all ages I have nothing bad to say about it even the ending was excellently done with brilliant acting and great story lines with well done camera work & good special effects that still look good today.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 11+

Good Opportunity to Discuss Difficult Topics

This show follows the adventures of a time-traveling scientist (Sam) as he "leaps" through different events during the 1950s through 1980s. These leaps give him the opportunity to rectify events that went wrong, and typically change history for the better. Sam often finds himself leaping into a situation as the love interest, so there are quite a few kissing/sensual scenes, but nothing very explicit. The show often deals with difficult topics such as racism, divorce, war, sexism, death, etc. Some parents may find these themes too uncomfortable for young children, but they provide a good opportunity to discuss difficult issues with preteens/teens in a safe setting. The main character, Sam, is a kind-hearted, smart role model who has the best of intentions. His "sidekick," Al, is a good friend, but the show frequently references Al's many marriages, he's often seen smoking a cigar, and he's a bit of a womanizer. However, Sam consistently calls Al out on his inappropriate comments/actions, so the show does not paint Al's actions as acceptable. Al's character also gives parents a good way to discuss human flaws with their children; Al is a good friend to Sam, and has many redeeming qualities, but still makes mistakes like all of us, and Sam finds ways to lovingly hold his friend accountable while not encouraging poor behavior. Overall, a quality show that encourages viewers to think about history and examine the ethics of difficult situations.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex

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