A 20th century astronaut emerges out of 500 years of suspended animation into a future time to become Earth's greatest hero.
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 Capt. William 'Buck' Rogers (32 episodes, 1979-1981)
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 Colonel Wilma Deering (32 episodes, 1979-1981)
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 Twiki / ... (31 episodes, 1979-1981)
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 Twiki (27 episodes, 1979-1981)
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 Dr. Elias Huer (21 episodes, 1979-1980)
Eric Server ...
 Dr. Theopolis (19 episodes, 1979-1980)
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In 1987, NASA astronaut William "Buck" Rogers is caught in a freak accident in deep space, causing his space shuttle Ranger 3 to be blown into an orbit that returns him to Earth - over 500 years later. The combination of gases that freezes him comes close to the formula commonly used in the 25th century for preservation, and his rescuers are able to revive him. In 2491, when Buck awakens from the freezing, Earth is recovering from a nuclear war and is coming under hostile attack by the Draconian Empire. In the second season, Buck has been assigned aboard the Searcher, a starship exploring the unknown reaches of space while searching for former Earth colonies that are scattered across the galaxy. Written by <chester@sb.com>

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In the United Kingdom, the series was shown by ITV beginning on 30 August 1980, the same date that the BBC began screening season 18 of their long-running series Doctor Who (1963). With both series in the same Saturday early evening slot, Buck Rogers trounced Doctor Who which saw its ratings fall from a series high of 16.1 million viewers the season before to a low of 3.7 million viewers in November 1980, the lowest ratings in the programme's history at that time. As a similar effect had occurred three years earlier when ITV screened Man from Atlantis (1977), this prompted the BBC to move Doctor Who to a weekday evening slot for its following season, even though Buck Rogers had already been canceled by that time. See more »

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In the narration intro Buck's spacecraft is called "Ranger 3". But the Ranger series spacecraft were unmanned lunar landers, and NASA never repeats project names to avoid confusion. See more »

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Narrator: [voiceover during narrative] For 500 years, Captain William "Buck" Rogers has been miraculously preserved, frozen by temperatures beyond imagination. Now, in Earth year 2491, he is rudely awakened by the sinister forces of the Draconian Realm.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits for the first season finale "Flight of the War Witch" differ from the credit sequences for the rest of the season's episodes (except the pilot). After the show title appears there follows a succession of short scenes from this episode as well as from the TV version of the pilot (including the episode). After about 20 seconds, the credits resume as normal. See more »

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Enjoyed the show as a kid. Not sure how much I would like Buck now.
18 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

The fact I have not seen this show since I was a kid makes me not want to give this show a score. I am quite certain that though I enjoyed the show as a kid I would probably think less of the show now. This film was in the same vein as a lot of other science fiction shows of the 70's and 80's. It has the cheese to it, it has spaceship battles, robots and it did not last all that long. This show was about Buck Rogers of course, a man of the past, saving the day in the future from strange women with his female and robot sidekick that had that funny little thing it did when it spoke. Of course, it was not high quality show, but when you are a kid you eat this kind of stuff up, especially if you were the type of kid who enjoyed "Star Wars" and things of that nature and I most certainly did. Gil Gerard was good as Buck and Erin Gray was good too in this one. She would later go on to be in the family comedy "Silver Spoons", but I am not sure what else she may have appeared in after that one. I am reading here that the show went off track during season two, however I do believe that the hawk dude was in the show then and I may well think differently now, but then I thought he was rather cool. I also enjoyed the episode where Buck is on this desert planet being tracked by this on robot guy because Buck I think was posing as a prisoner. Don't know why, always enjoyed it for some reason. All in all a show I enjoyed as a kid, not sure if I would now then though.


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