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Quinn is a brilliant college student. Nicknamed “’Q’ Ball,” he accidentally created a strange portal while trying to create an Anti-Gravity device that enabled him to “slide” from one dimension to another. His discovery posed the questions: “What if you found a portal to a parallel universe? What if you could slide into a thousand different worlds where it's the same year and you're the same person, but everything else is different? And what if you can't find your way home?”

Jerry O'Connell as Quinn Mallory - Photo Courtesy of SLIDERS
Quinn Mallory

Quinn controlled access to these parallel worlds using a hand-held remote control device that opened up a wormhole to other realms and then closed after a preset time. If you didn‘t jump through the wormhole before it closed, you got stuck in an alternate world. (A similar hand-held device appeared on the 2007 sci-fi series FLASH GORDON. It gave portal access to "dimensional rifts" between Earth and the Planet Mongo.)

When Quinn revealed his discovery to his blustery physics teacher Professor Maximillian Arturo, they conducted a test trip and quickly got sucked through the access portal along with a reluctant Rembrandt “Crying Man" Brown, a former soul singer and Wade Wells, a female friend who worked at a video store. Landing in an alternative world where tornados savaged the landscape, they barely escaped back into the portal but were not returned to their own Earth but another parallel universe where history had taken different paths. Now, Quinn, Arturo, Rembrandt and Wade frantically began an odyssey to get back to their original home world [Earth Prime].

Their journeys took them to alternate worlds where the Russians conquered the USA; where the British won the Revolutionary War; where the USA was at war with Switzerland; and where everyone in America was addicted to virtual reality or turned into zombies. When Professor Arturo was killed by Col. Angus Rickman on an alternate California and Wade was captured and sent to a breeding camp, Maggie Beckett, an ex-military officer enlisted with the sliders when her own Earth was destroyed.

Once Quinn and company managed to return to Earth Prime but after reading a newspaper article claiming that the Cleveland Indians made it to the World Series and O. J. Simpson was accused of murder [they left before it happened], they departed thinking it was an alternate Earth.

Quinn and the Professor - Photo courtesy of the TV series 'Sliders'

Rembrandt, the Professor, Wade and Quinn - Photo courtesy of the TV series 'Sliders'

Quinn & the Professor

Rembrandt, the Professor,
Wade & Quinn

During their travels they encountered a myriad of characters including an evil female Quinn, [who got lost in a random dimension] and a nazi-like group of a warrior sliders named the Kromaggs who had taken over Earth. Quinn later discovered that his real parents [Dr. Michael and Elizabeth Mallory] were “sliders” and they had left him in the custody of the woman he had called mother for years. He also discovered a microdot implant that revealed the location of his other brother, Colin who lived on an Amish-type world as well as the clues for a machine that would help defeat the marauding Kromaggs.

In a freak accident Quinn got a new look when his body merged with another slider and the resulting collisions formed a composite that looked different from Quinn yet contained his very essence. The same accident shattered Colin into a million supposedly un-retrievable pieces. Now teaming up once again with a Rembrandt, Maggie and a black scientist named Dr. Diana Davies, the new Quinn a.k.a. “Quinn 2” battled a variety of new and old enemies.

The last we heard of Quinn 2 and his gang of Sliders, they had arrived on a alternate world where they were the focus of a religion called Slidology. This bizarre society was founded by a man with psychic abilities who had been following the Sliders and their exploits. Unfortunately, he predicted that when Quinn2 and his friends next "slid" they would die. How's that for a cliffhanger?


"What if you could find brand new worlds, right here on Earth, where anything is possible? Same planet, different dimension. I've found the gateway."

-- Season 1

"What if you could travel to parallel worlds? The same year, the same Earth, only different dimension. A world where the Russians rule America? Or where your dreams of becoming superstar came true? Or where San Francisco was a maximum security prison. My friends and I found the gateway. Now the problem is...finding a way back home."

-- Season 2

"What if you found a portal to a parallel universe? What if you could slide into a thousand different worlds? Where it's the same year and you're the same person, but everything else is different? And what if you can't find your way home?"

-- Season 3-5

TRIVIA NOTE: Jerry O'Connell did the voiceover narration for seasons 1-4. Cleavant Derricks for Season 5.


Jerry O'Connell as Quinn Mallory
Robert Floyd as Quinn "Mallory" Mallory
Cleavant Derricks as Rembrandt "Crying Man" Brown
John Rhys-Davies as Professor Maximillian P. Arturo
Sabrina Lloyd as Wade Kathleen Welles
Tembi Locke as Diana Davis
Charlie O'Connell as Colin Mallory
Kari Wuhrer as Maggie Beckett
Kyle Alisharan as Kyle Beck
Wes Charles Jr. as Malcolm Eastman
Richard Cox as Richard Inglewood
Laura Harris as Margo Hall
Linda Henning as Amanda Mallory
Paul Jarrett as Razor Gillette
Jesse Johnson as Mandrake
Russell Porter as Kenny Hatcher

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