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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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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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4:3
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Trivia

Buster Crabbe, who played Brigadier Gordon in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Planet of the Slave Girls (1979), previously played the title role in Buck Rogers (1939). As they fly into battle, Gordon tells Rogers "I've been doing this since before you were born." When Buck, at 533-years-old, asks "You think so?", Gordon's answer is a confident "Young man, I know so." The name Brigadier Gordon is a reference to Crabbe's most famous role as Flash Gordon in Flash Gordon (1936), Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938) and Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Narrator: [voiceover during narrative] 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.
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Crazy Credits

Kipp Lennon, the vocalist who sang the theme song for the pilot, can be heard singing part of it again over the closing credits to "Flight of the War Witch". See more »

Alternate Versions

The episodes "Planet of the Slave Girls" and "Flight of the War Witch" were initially aired as two-hour specials and were later re-edited into two-parters. The 2004 DVD release retains the original two-hour format for these episodes. 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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