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Buck Rogers in the 25th Century 

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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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Series cast summary:
Gil Gerard ...  Capt. William 'Buck' Rogers 32 episodes, 1979-1981
Erin Gray ...  Colonel Wilma Deering 32 episodes, 1979-1981
Felix Silla ...  Twiki / ... 31 episodes, 1979-1981
Mel Blanc ...  Twiki 27 episodes, 1979-1981
Tim O'Connor ...  Dr. Elias Huer 21 episodes, 1979-1980
Eric Server Eric Server ...  Dr. Theopolis 19 episodes, 1979-1980
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Storyline

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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English

Release Date:

20 September 1979 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(37 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

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4:3
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Trivia

Paul Peters designed the two-hour film pilot, and is credited as Production Designer. MCA-Universal released the pilot theatrically in March 1979, anticipating a popular (young to mid age male) audience reception, and expecting the film to build a television viewing audience when the production started airing on NBC's Fall 1979 TV schedule. Universal art department's policy was to assign alternating design teams to Universal Studio TV episodic series production schedules. After the completion of the two-hour pilot, Paul Peters functioned as the supervising Production Designer over two alternating Art Director/Assistant Art Director/Set Decorator/Special Effects Supervisors/and Prop Master teams. Paul supervised the following four filmed episodes. Bill DeCinces (Universal Art Department Director) moved Paul Peters to another film project. Fred Luff had been team one's Art Director with Bill Talifero as his Assistant A.D. Bill Camden was team two's Art Director with Bonnie Scott as his Assistant A.D. With Paul Peters departure, Fred Luff became the Supervising Art Director, adding Hub Braden to head his team with Bill Talifaro as Braden's Assistant A.D. With the exception of Bill Talifaro, all of these art directors had worked together previously at NBC Burbank Color Television Tape Studios, associated with each other on shared and related television specials, game shows, syndicated programming, dramatic daily series, commercials, and network holiday events (Pasadena Rose Parade, sporting event and news specials). See more »

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Buck Rogers is supposed to be a Captain in the Air Force, but he is wearing Navy wings. In fact he is not even wearing Naval Aviator (pilot) wings, he is wearing Naval Flight Officer (navigator) wings. 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

In a few non-consecutive episodes toward the end of the first season, the soundtrack for the opening credits is slightly different. Though the narration is spoken by the same actor and has the same wording, it is delivered here with slightly different pacing. This different version of the opening credits also has a different recording of the music, easily identifiable by a slightly more bombastic bass guitar in the 2491-era portion of the title sequence. See more »

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What's not to love
13 November 2000 | by mezzbSee all my reviews

This stuff is classic. Pretty good plots. Nice little performances. You had Mr. Down-to-earth 20th century macho man Buck (complete with 70's dry-look over-the-ears hair) & straight-laced, but sexy fighter-pilot Wilma, and comic-relief, lusty little robot Twiki. And a talking necklace and boring old man, both named "Doctor".

Every week you could count on intrigue, double crosses, and buck knocking out 25 armed henchman, using his patented "Buck Fu" technique. And near the end, Twiki would say something like, "BDBDBDBDBDBD, Buck rocks me like a hurricaine."

This stuff is infinitely more amusing and entertaining that much of the sullen, sensitive and overly technical tv sci-fi of today.

It's a simple formula that works. action action action, tight shiny space outfits (on men & women) and a few lame jokes.


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