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Sliders is a 1990s/2000s science fiction television series. The series focuses on a group of people travelling between alternate worlds ("sliding"), trying to find their way back to the world they started out from.

The first three seasons of Sliders were shown by 20th Century Fox Television. It was cancelled after the first season, which was broadcast from March to May 1995, but was brought back for a second season from March to July 1996. A third season was broadcast from September 1996 to May 1997. The Sci-Fi Channel[?] produced the fourth (June 1998 to April 1999) and fifth (from June 1999) seasons, but cancelled it in February 2000.

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Storyline

The young physicist Quinn Mallory developed a machine capable of opening doors to alternate universes. On a trial run with his friend Wade Welles and his professor Maximillian Arturo (and the singer Rembrandt Brown, who accidentally came along for the ride) the controller for the machine was damaged, leaving them unable to control when the doors would open or which world they would lead to. The format for the series was thus established: each episode begins with the protagonists arriving in a new world with some difference from the world they started out in (penicillin was never discovered, the USA is part of the Soviet Union, women oppress men); while waiting for the next door to open, they get into some kind of trouble, get separated from the machine, and have to get back to the machine in time to travel through the door into the next world.

The third season introduced the Kromaggs, a species which is also capable of sliding, and which travels from world to world conquering and enslaving. The group loses Professor Arturo, who is killed by an insane colonel, and gains Maggie Beckett, a woman from the colonel's world who has her own reasons for helping to track him down. At the end of the season, they find their way back home - which has been taken over by the Kromaggs. Wade is captured by the Kromaggs and never seen again. Quinn, Maggie and Rembrandt try to find a weapon against the Kromaggs. Quinn discovers that his world is not really his world - he's the son of reality-hopping Kromagg resistance fighters, and he has a brother, Colin, on another parallel earth. Colin joins them. At the beginning of the fifth season Colin is lost, because he whirls around and drives between dimensions without a destination. Quinn melds with a double on a parallel earth, Mallory, who joins Rembrandt and Maggie, as does the scientist Dr. Diana Davis. They discover that the weapon against the Kromaggs is dangerous for human beings and afterwards they just slide from world to world. At the end of the last episode Rembrandt slides alone with a virus in his blood to fight the Kromaggs.

See also List of Sliders episodes

Characters

Regular

  • Quinn Mallory, played by Jerry O'Connell (to episode "Revelations")
  • Wade Welles, played by Sabrina Lloyd (to episode "This Slide of Paradise", but in the episode "Requiem" her voice is heared)
  • Rembrandt Brown, played by Cleavant Derricks
  • Professor Maximillian Arturo, played by John Rhys-Davies (to episode "The Exodus" part 2, but appeared in the episode "The Last of Eden")
  • Maggie Beckett, played by Kari Wuhrer (from "The Exodus" part 1)
  • Colin Mallory, played by Charlie O'Connell (Jerry O'Connell's actual brother)(from episode "Oh Brother, Where Are Thou?" to episode "Revelations")
  • Quinn Mallory, played by Robert Floyd (from episode "The Unstuck Man")
  • Diana Davis, played by Tembi Locke (from episode "The Unstuck Man")

Semi-Regular

  • Colonel Angus Rickman, played by Roger Daltrey ("The Exodus" parts 1 and 2) and Neil Dickson (episodes "The Other Slide of Darkness", "Dinoslide", "Stoker" and "This Slide of Paradise")

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