Not every TV show contains inherent moral lessons; in fact, it is quite rare to find a modern show that attempts to promote good morality. Enter Quantum Leap, the American television show that ran for five seasons from the 1989 to 1993. In this show, a quantum physicist named Sam from the future is lost in time following a botched time travel experiment, and temporarily leaps into the bodies of various people at various periods in the last decade. In one episode he becomes an Air Force test pilot, in another he becomes a Catholic priest. In each episode, Sam learns a lesson and attempts to save or help the person whose body he is inhabiting. As soon as he completes his good deed, Sam is teleported to another body and a new episode starts. The show deals with many different issues relating to morality, death and life in general. It teaches a lot of great lessons and is very positive of how these lessons are presented to the viewer. Here is a list of five lessons that can be learned from Quantum Leap.
1.) Patience Is Key With Everything
The whole premise of the show is based on the fact that the main character, Sam, jumps into the time machine prematurely, fearing it will lose funding. Because he was not patient and acting on impulse, he is stuck in time (seemingly forever), getting thrown into different lives for no reason other than to help people. He is separated from his friends and family, without knowledge of when he will be back, if ever, simply because he got too impatient with his time machine project.
2.) The Help of Friends Is Invaluable
On every single episode of the show, Sam is helped out by his friend Al, appearing as a hologram, who provides him with endless advice and suggestions of how to improve his current situation. In one episode where Sam leaps into the shoes of a hitman, Al guides Sam through a conversation in Italian which ultimately saves his life. Indeed, without the help of Al, Sam would be completely lost, as his memory is fried from each leap. This is a great lesson: the help of friends can make or break you, and you never know when you might need their help.
4) Helping Others Is The Ultimate Goal; It Will Only Help You In The End
Quantum Leap is centered around a time-traveling man who is constantly attempting to “put right what once went wrong” (this is the show’s tagline). In fact, this becomes his duty and his only mission. What a great lesson to teach to others: helping out others is one of the great purposes in life and will only help you in the end.
3) You Never Know What The Future Holds
Each episode finds Sam leaping into the life of a completely random person: he has no idea what tomorrow will hold. Sam’s lack of knowledge of where he will be next is an excellent analogy to life as you never know where it will take you. We’re all a bit like Sam in some ways, leaping from one situation to the next, not really knowing where each will take you.
5) Everybody’s Life Is Completely Different
On the show, Sam leaps into the lives of many different people, including a man with autism. Because of this jumping from person to person, he is forced to see many different viewpoints. The point to be learned here is that everybody’s life is completely different. We may think we know someone when really we are clueless about their life and are, in reality, projecting ourselves onto them. This is a great key to life and the best lesson to take away from the show: if you step in someone else’s shoes you will understand their viewpoint better and learn to accept them for who they are.