All you'll ever need to know!
Premise: A teenage physics whizz
accidentally creates a gateway which transports him and three others to
a series of parallel Earths. The four heroes slide around the worlds,
getting caught up in events on each weeks Earth, in the hope that
the next slide will take them home.
Background: Created by Tracy Tormé, Sliders explored both the possible (eg America ruled by Russia in the pilot) and what is impossible on our world (eg Dragon Slide in which magic has replaced science). The intended appeal of Sliders was that because it could be set anywhere, the series could constantly be kept fresh and original.
First Run: Sliders first aired in the US on 22nd March 1995 and the series began in the UK on Sky 1 the following September.
Number of Episodes: By the end of Season Four the series will have clocked up 69 episodes, despite numerous cancellation threats!
The Good Guys: Genius Quinn Mallory (Jerry O Connell), his friend Wade Wells (Sabrina Lloyd), singer Rembrandt Cryin Man Brown (Cleavant Derricks) and Professor Maximillian Arturo (John Rhys-Davies). Arturo was killed in the Season Three and replaced by Maggie Beckett (Kari Wuhrer). Wade has conveniently disappeared by the Season Four opener and Quinns brother Colin (played by Charlie O Connell) joins in her place several episodes later in Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
Bad Guys: Season Two introduced the evil Sliding aliens the Kromaggs. Season Three featured the bloodthirsty Colonel Rickman, who possessed a timer device capable of getting the Sliders home.
And Isnt That... Rickman was originally played by musician Roger Daltrey. The X-Files William B Davis (Cigarette Smoking Man) appeared as a professor in Eggheads and Nicolas Lea (Krycek) turned up as Wades lover Ryan in Luck of the Draw. Babylon 5s Ed Wasser (Morden) played a guard in Dead Man Sliding and Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger) appeared as a cybernetic scientist in State of the A.R.T.
Overdone clichés: The vortex opens up just as the Sliders are about to be shot; one of them falls in love and is tempted to stay on this weeks Earth; an extra character jumps into the vortex with them, never to be seen again.
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