Sliders: The ’90s sci-fi TV show where alternate earths were just a wormhole away

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‘Sliders’ is the story of four adventurers who discover a passageway between dimensions that transports them to parallel worlds.


John Rhys-Davies as Maximillian Arturo
Jerry O’Connell as Quinn Mallory
Cleavant Derricks as Rembrandt “Crying Man” Brown
Sabrina Lloyd as Wade Wells
Years: 1995-2000
# of seasons: 5
# episodes: 88

Sliders: Adventurers find a passageway to alternate earths

FOX TV press release – March 1995

John Rhys-Davies, Jerry O’Connell, Sabrina Lloyd and Tony Award-winner Cleavant Derricks star in ‘Sliders’ — a new adventure series premiering Wednesday, March 22 [1995] on FOX.

‘Sliders’ is the ongoing story of four adventurers who discover a passageway between dimensions that transports them to parallel universes. Whenever they land, it is always earth and always the present day, but it is never home.

Sliders TV show cast

They are on a cosmic roller coaster ride, where they see firsthand what our world would be like if history had been different or if they, themselves, had made different choices in their personal lives.

Led by Quinn Mallory (O’Connell), a handsome physics grad student who accidentally creates the gateway while working on an experiment in his basement, the interdimensional travelers include Wade Wells (Lloyd), a beautiful computer tech; and brilliant, but arrogant physics professor Maximillian Arturo (Rhys-Davies).

Sliders episode 1995
Quinn Mallory (Jerry O’Connell, left) and Professor Maximillian Arturo (John Rhys-Davies) transport to parallel universes in Sliders.

Slide into a seat for a fun ride to new worlds

Excerpted from an article by Hal Boedeker Austin American Statesman (Texas) March 22, 1995

Elvis lives. John Kennedy is president. Vinyl records have pushed CDs off the market.

It’s an upside-down world, all right, and whiz-kid scientist Quinn Mallory (Jerry O’Connell) has transported himself there via a homemade gizmo in his San Francisco basement.

In this parallel universe, red stoplights mean go, and US citizens are moving illegally into Mexico. This will be the first of many alternate Earths that Quinn leaps into in Fox’s hugely entertaining “Sliders,” debuting tonight with a two-hour pilot.

“Sliders” made me feel like a kid again, a pretty neat trick for a time-traveling series. Take the leap yourself, and you’ll see what I mean.

Sliders - 1995

The premise will thrill anyone who enjoyed “Quantum Leap” or the “Back to the Future” movies. “Sliders” exploits “what-might-have-been” for some way-out adventures.

This ‘slider’ from a different dimension explains that jumping into the alternative universes, through a wormhole filled with psychedelic colors, is a lot like playing a roulette wheel. Each slot represents another dimension, and there could be hundreds of places to land.

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Sliders cast


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