Sliders: Episode Synopsis

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Season 1

Pilot (1)

Physics genius Quinn Mallory has been tooling around in his basement for months, trying to create an anti-gravity device. However, he has stumbled on to something much greater - something that appears to be a gateway! Curious as to what's on the other side, he invites his old friend Wade Wells and his physics teacher, Professor Maximillian Arturo, to venture into the gateway with him. While creating the gateway, however, Quinn uses too much power, and the vortex snags a fourth passenger: Rembrandt Brown, a former pop star who just happened to be in the neighborhood. The vortex drops them in a world where a new Ice Age has begun, a world where they must somehow survive until Quinn's timer reaches zero!

Pilot (2)

After barely escaping the last world, the Sliders think they are home. But to their horror, Quinn and Arturo learn they are not and have instead arrived on a world where the Soviet Union rules America. Rembrandt has been arrested for trying to use American money and the only way to save him is for the others to help a group of revolutionaries rescue their imprisoned leader.


The Sliders arrive on a world where disease is running rampant, and it appears that Quinn's counterpart is the source of the nastiest of these epidemics, a plague called the "Q Virus." Quinn is quickly tracked down and captured by the health agency, but the Sliders' problems escalate when Wade develops signs of being infected. Now Arturo is in a race against time to develop a cure.

Last Days

The Sliders are confronted by their mortality when they arrive on a world that will be destroyed by an asteroid several hours before they are due to Slide. The group parts company, but rather than giving up hope, Arturo decides to work on a radical solution with . . . Bennish?!?

The Prince Of Wails

The Sliders arrive on a world where the British have taken over America. Arturo's counterpart is a powerful figurehead in this government, but the Sliders quickly discover that he is also behind a plan to take the BSA's throne.

Summer Of Love

When the Sliders are forced to depart from a world early, the timer is damaged and the group becomes separated. They arrive on a world where the "Free Love" movement of the 60's is still alive, and the Hippies are protesting the American troops in Australia. While Wade and Rembrandt fall into the company of a commune who mistake them for extraterrestrial prophets, Quinn and Arturo try to repair the broken timer.


The Sliders arrive on a world where brains are admired over brawn, and Quinn and Arturo are treated as celebrities! Quinn discovers that his counterpart is a popular college athlete and must take part in a championship game, while Arturo's counterpart is married to Arturo's late wife. Arturo's joy at learning this is marred when he discovers that his counterpart is about to undergo divorce proceedings.

The Weaker Sex

When the Sliders arrive on a world where women are the dominating class, Arturo becomes a mayoral candidate in San Francisco in order to initiate a "men's rights" movement.

The King Is Back

The Sliders arrive on Rembrandt's idea of paradise: a world where his double has achieved all the fame he's ever wanted. They discover that his double has been dead for eight years, but Rembrandt gets swept up in a major comeback concert. Unfortunately for him, an old enemy plots to get rid of him once and for all.

Luck Of The Draw

The Sliders arrive on a world where there's no pollution, crime, poverty, or overpopulation, and get a rare chance to kick back and relax. Their luck seems to be running solid, because Wade wins the lottery shortly after their arrival. However, Quinn soon discovers the sinister purpose behind this lottery.

Season 2

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Into The Mystic

The Sliders arrive on a strange world ruled by superstition and mysticism. When Quinn gets into debt with a local witch doctor, his only hope of escape seems to lie with a mysterious Sorcerer.

Love Gods

In a world where germ warfare has exterminated most of the male population, Quinn, Rembrandt, and Arturo discover that they've been pegged as runaway "breeders," and every nation of the world wants to capture them.

Gillian of the Spirits

When a bizarre accident separates Quinn from the rest of the Sliders, the only hope for the remaining trio is to put their faith in a troubled young girl with a history of hearing voices – and an ability to communicate with spirits.

The Good, the Bad and The Wealthy

The Sliders arrive on a world where Texas has acquired all the land west of the Mississippi and the lawyers abide by the gunslinger's code of the Old West. Quinn gets mixed up in a gun fight, and earns a reputation for the fastest draw in San Francisco.

El Sid

Quinn rescues a woman from her criminal boyfriend, who follows the Sliders through their vortex and onto a world where San Francisco has been turned into a maximum security prison.

Time Again and World

Wade becomes an eyewitness to a murder just before the group Slides. The next world they arrive on is surprisingly similar to the one they just left, and when Wade tries to stop the murder from taking place again, the Sliders wind up entangled with goverment officials in a United States that is under martial law.

In Dino Veritas

The Sliders arrive on a world where San Francisco has been turned into a wildlife preserve for dinosaurs. While trying to escape from a vicious Allosaurus, Arturo is injured and loses the timer.

Post Traumatic Slide Syndrome

The Sliders arrive . . . home. Or at least it seems remarkably similiar! While Rembrandt, Wade, and Arturo begin new lives using Sliding as major publicity, Quinn tries to determine if they've truly returned home.


Wade experiences a haunting dream of a lost love in a past life. When the Sliders arrive on a world where ten percent of the population possess psychic abilities, the man from her dream is awaiting their arrival.


The Sliders arrive on a world where Prohibition was never repealed and organized crime has taken over the streets.

The Young and the Relentless

The Sliders arrive on a world where the young are in charge and Wade and Quinn's doubles were married corporate executives. Quinn winds up posing as his dead double and finds questions in his death. Meanwhile, Arturo and Rembrandt find themselves in trouble with the law and face jail time.


The Sliders land in the middle of a strange invasion and Quinn uses the timer to bring down one of the ships. Before barely escaping, the Sliders learn these new villains are also Sliders, and can move through the gateways at will.

As Time Goes By

The Sliders find themselves running into the same people on each new world, one of them being Quinn's former love, Daelin. After encounters on worlds where the Spanish rule America and Daelin is an abused wife, the Sliders arrive on a world where time moves backwards and they are accused of Daelin's murder. Quinn wants to save her, but it could have disastrous results.

Season 3

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Rules of the Game

The Sliders arrive in an airplane, which begins to crash land. However, they learn that it is just a simulation and the beginning of deadly game show in which the losers die.

Double Cross

The Sliders meet a scientist attempting to develop sliding technology and offers to help them get home if they help her. However, they soon learn that she has an ulterior motive.

Electric Twister Acid Test

On a world suffering from electric tornadoes, the Sliders find safety in a protected village. However, because electrical devices attract the tornadoes, the leader takes away their timer.

The Guardian

The Sliders find a world in which time moves slightly slower, resulting in a twelve year difference. Quinn then meets his younger self and tries to alter a traumatic event he had with bullies.

The Dream Masters

Wade is targeted by a group of people with the ability to enter the dreams of others.

Desert Storm

On a desert world with little water, the Sliders rescue a girl who had been kidnapped because of her ability to locate water.


The Sliders arrive on a world where physics seemingly doesn't apply, allowing magic to exist. Quinn is thought to be part of a line of wizards, prompting an evil warlock to kidnap him.

The Fire Within

The Sliders arrive on a world in which Los Angeles is rich with oil. However, when they previously slid, they unknowingly brought along a sentient flame.

The Prince Of Slides

The Sliders arrive on a world in which the United States is a monarchy, and Rembrandt is Duke of Hemmingshire. When Rembrandt sees Danielle, a woman he recognizes and who in actuality is the Duchess of this world, apparently about to give birth, he goes to help. However, what he doesn't know is that the husbands give birth on this world.

Dead Man Sliding

Quinn is arrested for crimes committed by his double, and he is then tried on a game show where his fate will be decided by the audience.

State of the Art

After arriving on a world inhabited only by androids, Quinn and Rembrandt are taken captive by the creator of the androids, who plans on transferring their minds into android duplicates.

Season's Greedings

After finding an abandoned child, the Sliders get jobs in a giant mall in the sky in order to find its mother.

Murder Most Foul

The Sliders arrive on a world where profit is encouraged and the population is overworked and uptight. While here, Arturo is declared a "fracture" - having a mental breakdown. He is brought into an elaborate theme park and brainwashed into believing he is a famous detective on the trail of Jack the Ripper.

Slide Like An Egyptian

The Sliders arrive on a world ruled by Egyptian culture. When Wade and Quinn interfere with a sacred scarab, they are taken prisoner. Quinn is used in a life-after-death experiment, and Wade is sent to a pyramid along with the scarab!

Paradise Lost

The Sliders arrive in a small community that is distrustful of outsiders. When they hook up with a geologist looking for her missing assistant, they stumble upon the town's sinister secret.

The Exodus (1)

The Sliders arrive on an Earth threatened by lethal radiation Pulsars that are slowly eating away at Earth, the only chance the population has for survival is to make use of the Sliding technology developed by their military. With Quinn and Arturo's help, preparations begin for an evacuation, but a more chilling mystery begins to unfold when a large body count of coma victims begins piling up...

The Exodus (2)

At long last, Quinn has the coordinates to Earth Prime, but its atmosphere is deadly to Maggie and her people. While Quinn and Maggie continue to search for a hospitable world, Wade works to perfect the Slide list to Rickman's specifications and Arturo tries to modify the timer to save more people.

Sole Survivors

The Sliders arrive on a world where civilization has fallen to a bacteria that creates flesh-eating zombies. Shortly after arriving, Quinn is bitten, and starts turning into a zombie as well!

The Breeder

The Sliders narrowly escape from a world filled with parasitic creatures, but not before Maggie becomes infected. On the next world, the parasite searches for a host in order to reproduce.

The Last Of Eden

Wade and Rembrandt recall a particularly harrowing adventure on a world at the mercy of catastrophic earthquakes. When Wade falls beneath the earth, Quinn embarks on a risky rescue mission while Rembrandt and Arturo fall into the company of the less-than-friendly natives.

The Other Slide Of Darkness

The Sliders finally track Rickman down in a town bordered by a sulfurious fog. When Quinn and Maggie are captured, Quinn is forced to confront a familiar face.


Quinn and Rembrandt head down to Mexico to blow off a little steam. Getting back into the United States turns out to be a bit of a problem when they get mixed up in an illegal snake trade and find themselves stuck in the middle of a jungle, surrounded by deadly snakes and the tobacco cartel. Meanwhile, Wade and Maggie run into problems of their own while they search for the other Sliders.


The Sliders arrive back at the New World they helped Rickman colonise, shortly after the Colonel arrives himself. While the Sliders try to figure out how to stop Rickman, they discover this parallel world's unusual inhabitants: dinosaurs, including a particularly aggressive Tyrannosaurus Rex.


Wade becomes infatuated with Stoker, a rock band whose members are secretly vampires. Meanwhile, the other Sliders try to find clues to Rickman's whereabouts before he escapes them again.

This Slide Of Paradise

The Sliders splash down near an island inhabited by humans cross-bred with animals, the results of painful experimentation's by the local scientist. When the timer is taken by a now feral and partially transformed Colonel Rickman,Quinn must bargain with the scientist to escape, but Rembrandt's infatuation with a cross-breed slave puts the alliance at risk...

Season 4

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After three months and ten worlds of searching for Wade and Rembrandt, Quinn and Maggie finally reach Earth Prime, only to find it under Kromagg control. Quinn and Maggie manage to rescue Rembrandt from a Kromagg prison, but Quinn is captured and learns the shocking truth about his family.

Prophets and Loss

Quinn, Rembrandt and Maggie land on a world where the United States is run by the Oracle, a blend of fundamental beliefs and right-wing conservatism. Followers trade their wealth and possessions in return for passage to a nirvana world, but the Sliders discover the Oracle's portal is a deadly sham.

Common Ground

The Sliders slide into a Kromagg weapons-testing area and Maggie saves the life of the Kromagg commander, Kromanus. While Maggie tries to get the timer back from him, Quinn and Rembrandt discover a Kromagg weapon designed to eradicate humans.

Virtual Slide

The Sliders arrive on a world where virtual reality is a normal part of life. After Maggie is injured in an explosion, she awakens in a hospital to find they have missed the Slide. The only way to go is to build a new timer, but is everything what it seems?

World Killer

After landing in a San Francisco completely devoid of people, the Sliders go to Quinn's house and discover Quinn's double accidentally Slid everyone to a parallel world a few years ago. Both Quinns, Maggie and Rembrandt travel to the world where everyone was sent and rush to set things right.

Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?

The Sliders track down Quinn's long lost brother, Colin, to a Amish-type Earth. Quinn convinces Colin they are brothers and to Slide to find their true home. But on the next world, a double of Colin's former love takes advantage of him and involves him in a scam to steal cryogenically frozen bodies.

Just Say Yes

On a world where drug use is mandatory, Maggie and Colin are dosed with mind-altering chemicals. Rembrandt and Quinn have to find a way to save them and outrun the Drug Empowerment Administration.

The Alternateville Horror

Acid rain forces the Sliders to stay in the Chandler Hotel. Colin claims to have seen a ghost and the timer is mysteriously stolen.


When Quinn and Colin finally access the coordinates to their home, the Sliders expect it to be their last Slide. Instead, they arrive inside a security compound on a barren world, where humans and Kromaggs are fighting for survival.


On a world raided by Kromaggs for natural resources, Rembrandt falls in love with a doctor who can save a critically injured Quinn. Problem is, Maggie learns this doctor collaborated with the Kromaggs and is on the run from the British secret service.

California Reich

The Sliders land on a world where California has been taken over by racists. Rembrandt is captured and placed in a prison camp used to turn non-whites into faceless slaves.

The Dying Fields

The Sliders arrive on a Kromagg training camp, where half-human Kromaggs hunt humans. Quinn tries to convince one of them to help free a captured Colin.

Lipschitz Live!

The vortex splits the Sliders up and they only have two hours before the slide. Quinn tries to contact the others by appearing on the world's most popular show: Lipschitz Live!. Meanwhile, Colin is mistaken for his double and betrothed to a woman as part of a business deal.

Mother and Child

The Sliders discover a woman escaping from a Kromagg breeder camp and take her to her Earth, where an anti-Kromagg virus proves deadly for her half-Kromagg son.

Net Worth

A sliding mishap separates the Sliders into two groups on a world divided by the computer-savvy and ruthless scavengers. To reunite, they'll have to battle the scavengers and unite a young couple who fell in love on the internet.

Slide by Wire

The Sliders accidentally slide out with Maggie's double, leaving Maggie stranded on an American military base where deadly experiments are performed on pilots. Meanwhile, the Sliders arrive on a world that outlaws technology.

Data World

When the Sliders step into the Chandler Hotel, they are surprised to learn they have been turned into computer data. There they meet the owner of the hotel, Archibald Chandler, who will not allow them to leave.

Way Out West

Colin is wounded on a Wild West Earth and separated from the others. While he is nursed back to health by a widow and her daughter, the others search for him and find an old foe.

My Brother's Keeper

The Sliders arrive on a world where clones are harvested for spare body parts. Quinn's double is blinded in a lab accident and when Quinn tries to help, he is mistaken for a clone. Meanwhile, the others inadvertently rescue the clone, which Colin tries to teach the importance of family and sacrifice.

The Chasm

The Sliders arrive in what is literally the happiest place on Earth. But in this small community, a little girl witnessed her grandfather leap into a mysterious chasm and begins to feel an overwhelming sorrow. Worse yet, it soon spreads to Rembrandt and Maggie.

Roads Taken

A rough slide separates Quinn and Maggie from Rembrandt and Colin for a brief time. Soon after they reunite, Quinn and Maggie become seriously ill and appear to be dying of old age. Unable to help them themselves, Rembrandt and Colin will have to rely on someone claiming to be Quinn and Maggie's son.


With nearly a month until their next slide, the Sliders find themselves extremely bored on a dull world. While the others get jobs, Rembrandt dives into a sci-fi book that bears more than a resemblance to their lives. When the Sliders track down the author, they learn he came from Quinn and Colin's home world.

Season 5

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The Unstuck Man

After experiencing a rough slide, Rembrandt and Maggie see Colin is nowhere to be found. More disturbing, they meet a stranger claiming he is Quinn Mallory. Rembrandt and Maggie learn too late that this is all a part of an evil genius' desperate plan to save his life.

Applied Physics

Diana tries using a university lab to find a way to separate Quinn and Mallory, which leads to her first encounter with her double, a struggling single mother. Meanwhile, Mallory experiences violent flashbacks from Quinn's life.

Strangers and Comrades

The Sliders arrive in a barren wasteland, where the timer is inoperable. Worse yet, they find themselves forced to take part in a never ending battle between Kromaggs and soldiers from Quinn's home world, who are guarding a mysterious bunker.

The Great Work

The Sliders arrive on a small island, with a very sick Maggie in tow. While looking for help, Rembrandt, Mallory and Diana meet the monks of a secluded monastery. Reluctantly, the monks allow them to stay and give Maggie medical attention. But the Sliders soon learn the monks have a secret and won't allow them to leave.

New Gods For Old

Just before sliding out and escaping a small army, Mallory is shot with a laser beam and paralyzed. His only chance of walking again lies in a group of spiritual healers, but their cure could be much worse than being paralyzed.

Please Press One

After trying to buy a candy bar, Maggie is kidnapped by a corporate conglomerate that uses data codes to control commerce.

A Current Affair

On a world where tabloid journalism is in place of real news, a photo suggests Maggie is having an affair with the President. But the President's advisers decide to exploit it in order to distract attention from a war with Switzerland.

The Java Jive

The Sliders arrive on a world where Prohibition still exists, only it was caffeine that was outlawed. They meet a nightclub owner whose lover was murdered by a gang dealing in bootleg coffee.

The Return of Maggie Beckett

The Sliders arrive on a world where Maggie's double was a heroic astronaut and loved by the public. When she is mistaken for her double, the public gets excited. After being kidnapped by the mysterious Leader, Maggie is taken by the government where she must confront her father.

Easy Slider

The Sliders arrive on a world where combustion engines were outlawed by the government due to pollution. But a biker gang is fighting to keep their engines and Mallory falls for the gang's sexy leader.


Rembrandt experiences a strange dream in which Wade is trying to contact him and bring him to her. The others have their doubts until a spatial fold opens before them. On the other side, they find Wade is somehow being used in a plan to attack Kromagg Prime.

Map of the Mind

The Sliders arrive at a mental institution in the middle of an unusual riot. Rembrandt and Maggie escape capture, but Diana and Mallory get left behind. While Mallory has managed to pose as a doctor, Diana is mistaken for a patient and undergoes the process of her brain being remapped.

A Thousand Deaths

The Sliders arrive on a world where millions play in highly realistic arcade simulations. Rembrandt and Mallory take part in separate simulations, until they discover Maggie and Diana have been forced to play characters in these simulations, where each "death" experienced is real.

Heavy Metal

A malfunctioning timer deposits the Sliders underwater in the Pacific Ocean. A merchant ship picks them up, but is taking them out of their sliding radius and decreasing the likelihood of a safe slide. Their only chance is to join up with a pirate crew to get back to California.

To Catch a Slider

The timer continues to malfunction, giving the Sliders rougher slides than usual. To fix it, the Sliders need to get ahold of a gem, even if it means stealing.


The Sliders are lost in the desert, but happen upon an archaeological dig. They soon find, however, that the dig is unearthing a buried Los Angeles and that the locals consider Rembrandt a deity.

Eye of the Storm

The Sliders confront Dr. Geiger again, in a collapsing dimension full of innocent victims.

The Seer

The Sliders arrive in the middle of a rally, surprisingly being held in their honor. They learn they are the subjects of a religion called Slidology, founded by a man with psychic abilities. He has been following their adventures and warns that on their next slide, they will all die.

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