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Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: :  -- A 20th century astronaut is revived out of 500 years of suspended animation to become the greatest hero of a future Earth.

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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
20 September 1979 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A 20th century astronaut is revived out of 500 years of suspended animation to become the greatest hero of a future Earth. Full summary »
Awards:
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
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Cast

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Gil Gerard ... Capt. William "Buck" Rogers / ... (32 episodes, 1979-1981)

Erin Gray ... Col. Wilma Deering (32 episodes, 1979-1981)

Felix Silla ... Twiki / ... (30 episodes, 1979-1981)

Mel Blanc ... Twiki (27 episodes, 1979-1981)

Tim O'Connor ... Dr. Elias Huer (21 episodes, 1979-1980)

William Conrad ... Narrator (21 episodes, 1979-1980)
Eric Server ... Dr. Theopolis (19 episodes, 1979-1980)
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Series Directed by
Sigmund Neufeld Jr. (4 episodes, 1979-1980)
Larry Stewart (4 episodes, 1980)
Dick Lowry (3 episodes, 1979)
David G. Phinney (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Vincent McEveety (3 episodes, 1981)
Daniel Haller (2 episodes, 1979-1981)
Philip Leacock (2 episodes, 1979)
Jack Arnold (2 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Writing credits
Robert C. Dille (32 episodes, 1979-1981)
Glen A. Larson (25 episodes, 1979-1981)
Leslie Stevens (25 episodes, 1979-1981)
Alan Brennert (6 episodes, 1979-1980)
Cory Applebaum (3 episodes, 1979)
Stephen McPherson (3 episodes, 1981)
Anne Collins (2 episodes, 1979)
Chris Bunch (2 episodes, 1980)
Allan Cole (2 episodes, 1980)
Rob Gilmer (2 episodes, 1980)
Bob Mitchell (2 episodes, 1981)
Esther Mitchell (2 episodes, 1981)
Francis Moss (2 episodes, 1981)
Margaret Schneider (2 episodes, 1981)
Paul Schneider (2 episodes, 1981)

Series Produced by
David J. O'Connell .... producer (22 episodes, 1979-1981)
David G. Phinney .... associate producer (21 episodes, 1979-1981)
Glen A. Larson .... executive producer (21 episodes, 1979-1980)
Jock Gaynor .... producer (20 episodes, 1979-1980)
Bruce Lansbury .... supervising producer (20 episodes, 1979-1980)
Medora Heilbron .... associate producer (18 episodes, 1979-1980)
Calvin Clements Jr. .... supervising producer (11 episodes, 1981)
John Mantley .... executive producer (11 episodes, 1981)
John G. Stephens .... producer (11 episodes, 1981)
Karen Welch .... associate producer (5 episodes, 1981)
Tim King .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Original Music by
Johnny Harris (5 episodes, 1979-1980)
J.J. Johnson (5 episodes, 1979-1980)
Bruce Broughton (5 episodes, 1981)
Stu Phillips (4 episodes, 1979-1981)
Herbert D. Woods (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
Donald Woods (2 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Cinematography by
Ben Colman (29 episodes, 1979-1981)
Frank Thackery (2 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Film Editing by
George Potter (11 episodes, 1979-1981)
Michael Berman (6 episodes, 1979-1980)
Howard B. Anderson (5 episodes, 1979-1980)
Leon Ortiz-Gil (5 episodes, 1979-1980)
Neil MacDonald (3 episodes, 1981)
Edward W. Williams (3 episodes, 1981)
John J. Dumas (2 episodes, 1979)
Ron Honthaner (2 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Casting by
Phil Benjamin (13 episodes, 1979-1980)
Joe Reich (10 episodes, 1981)
Simon Ayer (7 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Art Direction by
Fred Luff III (17 episodes, 1979-1980)
Bill Camden (10 episodes, 1979-1980)
William H. Tuntke (7 episodes, 1981)
Paul Peters (5 episodes, 1979)
Hub Braden (4 episodes, 1979-1980)
Peter Clemens (4 episodes, 1981)
Bill Taliaferro (3 episodes, 1980)

David L. Snyder (unknown episodes)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Frank Lombardo (21 episodes, 1979-1981)
Joanne MacDougall (9 episodes, 1979-1980)
Victor Hugo (2 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Costume Design by
Al Lehman (26 episodes, 1979-1981)
Sal Anthony (5 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Makeup Department
Jerry Gugliemotto .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1981)
Werner Keppler .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1981)
Jack Stone .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1981)
Brenda Todd .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Production Management
Harker Wade .... unit production manager (25 episodes, 1979-1981)
Charles E. Walker .... unit production manager (4 episodes, 1980)
Paul Wurtzel .... unit production manager (4 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gerald T. Olson .... second assistant director / first assistant director (18 episodes, 1979-1980)
Bob Bender .... first assistant director (12 episodes, 1979-1981)
Stephen Lillis .... second assistant director (11 episodes, 1981)
Frank Crawford .... first assistant director (10 episodes, 1979-1981)
Robert Villar .... first assistant director / second assistant director (7 episodes, 1979-1981)
David Kahler .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1980)

Dick Erickson .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Ted Wilson .... carpenter (32 episodes, 1979-1981)

William Apperson .... construction coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Dick Wahrman .... sound effects editor (31 episodes, 1979-1981)
Earl Crain Jr. .... sound (29 episodes, 1979-1981)

Barney Cabral .... adr editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Chuck Arrigo .... special effects coordinator (32 episodes, 1979-1981)

Robert Cole .... special effects (unknown episodes)
Courtney Dane .... special effects (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Peter Anderson .... visual efffects supervisor: Universal Hartland / special photographic effects supervisor: Universal Hartland (32 episodes, 1979-1981)
David M. Garber .... miniature effects / miniatures (21 episodes, 1979-1980)
Wayne Smith .... miniature effects / miniatures (21 episodes, 1979-1980)
David Jones .... special photographic effects supervisor: Universal Hartland (11 episodes, 1981)

C. Cory M. McCrum-Abdo .... special visual effects coordinator (unknown episodes)
Dennis Michelson .... visual effects editor (unknown episodes)
David Stipes .... visual effects (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt performer (1 episode, 1980)
Larry Holt .... stunts (1 episode, 1980)

Mickey Caruso .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Roydon Clark .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Nick Dimitri .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Dick Durock .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Tony Epper .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Dean Raphael Ferrandini .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Whitey Hughes .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Bob Minor .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
Michael Runyard .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Rick Sawaya .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
Ron Stein .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Kym Washington .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Richard Washington .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
James Winburn .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Bob Yerkes .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Reggie Newkirk .... key first assistant camera (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Joe Reich .... casting (1 episode, 1981)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barry Downing .... costume supervisor: Gil Gerard (20 episodes, 1980-1981)
 
Series Editorial Department
Maureen O'Connell .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Stu Phillips .... composer: theme music / conductor (32 episodes, 1979-1981)
Glen A. Larson .... composer: theme music (29 episodes, 1979-1981)
Herbert D. Woods .... music editor (19 episodes, 1979-1980)
Donald Woods .... music editor (6 episodes, 1981)

John W. Morgan .... orchestrator (unknown episodes)
Don Nemitz .... orchestrator (unknown episodes)
Will Schaefer .... conductor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
 
Series Other crew
Alan Brennert .... story editor (12 episodes, 1979-1980)
Anne Collins .... story consultant / story editor (11 episodes, 1979-1980)
Stephen McPherson .... executive story consultant (11 episodes, 1981)
Rob Gilmer .... story editor (7 episodes, 1980)
 

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Runtime:
60 min (37 episodes)
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-11 (DVD rating)

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Trivia:
Before Erin Gray agreed to return to play the role of Wilma Deering from the film, Juanin Clay was considered to play the part. She later guest starred as Marla Landers, a character very similar to Deering.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Throughout the series, there are many sequences when Buck and/or Wilma would take off in one configuration of a starfighter and then different cuts would have them sitting side by side and then a moment later one in front of the other. There would also be different ships (sky sled) where they would take off in one type of ship,exterior shots show them as they fly through space in a totally different looking ship, and then either land in the same ship they took off in, or in another different looking ship.See more »
Quotes:
Narrator:[voiceover during opening] The year is 1987, and NASA launches the last of America's deep space probes. In a freak mishap, Ranger 3 and its pilot, Captain William "Buck" Rogers, are blown out of their trajectory into an orbit which freezes his life support systems, and returns Buck Rogers to Earth... 500 years later.See more »
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26 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
I paid money to see this..., 12 January 2005
Author: Blueghost from The San Francisco Bay Area

...but I don't regret it. Not too much, anyway. Yes, it's true. When the pilot episode was given a theatrical release I went and paid good money to watch it.

Ah well.

I wasn't too thrilled at the production values, but I still enjoyed it as a stand alone film. I'd seen the B&W Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon serials rerun on a couple of UHF stations, and figured I'd see an upgraded reprise of Buster Crabbe's role.

What the audience got was essentially a made for TV movie that would lead to a pretty fun series. I think the other commentators have got it right; the first season of this show was just good fun. A guy tuned in to see Gerard and Gray save Earth from sundry space-vixens and other off world baddies. The most notorious being Princess Ardala, played by the very talented and alluring Pamela Hensley. With the help of Dr. Heur, Theopolis and Twiki, Buck and Wilma thwarted the villains of the 25th century.

If the viewer tuned in to see some high brow brain-candy moral wrapped in science jargon, then he had the wrong show. Late 1970's Buck Rogers was about adventure, the perils and dazzling technology of the 25th century, lusty and dangerous space-babes, all pitted against a 20th century man's mettle and his equally gallant comrades.

But that was the first season. The second season took a page out of Roddenberry's play book, and transformed into this cheap "Star Trek" knockoff, complete with a Spock-like character in the form of a man sporting a feathered wig, played by Thom Christopher. Buck was no longer bumping flirtatious intrigues with scantly clad space-babes with his daring-do, and Wilma's hard-nosed gut-driven "I am 25th Century Woman, hear me roar!" character was taken down a notch... that and she rarely wore her very appealing spandex uniform :)

In short, first season = Good: Second season = bleh.

I'm not sure what went wrong. The fist season teetered on the high-kamp abyss, but Gil Gerard and Erin Gray had a kind of relaxed and realistic chemistry that helped bring the viewer into their world. The stories were out of Hollywood Formula 101, but they were fun, thrilling, and enjoyable. The action sequences, the alluring fashions of the 25th century, the concept of a man from our time roaming the far future, scantly clad space-vixens, it all adds up to a fun show, if somewhat far fetched... then again plausibility wasn't what Buck Rogers was all about.

This show could've really gone the distance with its original formula, and should have. Why the show changed for the second season is beyond me, because it didn't need to. Part of the attraction of Buck Rogers wasn't the "science" in this science-fiction show, but Buck and Wilma's daring-do. Whoever thought otherwise, and tried to turn Buck into a more "serious" sci-fi venue, was dead wrong, and, as someone else said, quite thoroughly torpedoed the show by fixing it until it was broke.

I'm not a big Glen Larson fan. "Manimal" and "Automan" come to mind, but if I had one wish, with regards to a TV show, it would be to go back in time and see to it that Larson continued producing "Buck Rogers" as he envisioned it for the first season. Heck, maybe I could save Dorothy Lee Stratten for another guest appearance on the show. But alas we're only left with the legacy of the first and second season of this very adventurous TV series.

Well, Larson's helped relaunch BSG, and is now doing a "Knight Rider" revival... maybe he can give Buck Rogers another shot as well, only this time, if he does, let's hope he'll stick to his guns.

Until then; so long, Buck.

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