Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979–1981)

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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.




  • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)
  • Gil Gerard in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)
  • Erin Gray in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)
  • Gil Gerard in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)
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  • Erin Gray in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)

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Glen A. Larson, Leslie Stevens

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7 January 2005 | Slfell1976
Buck Rogers must see for Sci-Fi fans!
Although never having seen the original pilot movie, I could remember watching Buck Rogers as a child, well mainly Twiki was the part I remembered! I remember enjoying it very much but obviously as a small child I could not appreciate the wonderful wit, great characters and sometimes hilarious plot lines, and of course as a child completely overlooked how deliciously handsome and charming Captain Rogers was! So when I spotted Buck Rogers for sale as a complete set I became uncontrollably over excited, in the middle of the shop it was rather embarrassing. However after sitting and watching the entire 24 episode lot over a couple of days it was every bit worth the embarrassment of over excitement and definitely worth watching.

Although we all know from the opening credits of the show how Buck ended up in the 25th century it was great to see what happened to him when he first arrived. The show has a fantastic appeal for all ages I am now 28 and both of my children 91/2 and 7 both were totally fixated, and along with their glued to the screen mummy, they laughed at the great humour of the show were totally engrossed in the story lines even the rather flaky ones! and now want a Twiki the robot! Although made in 1979/80 apart from rather hilarious special effects, which are funnily enough part of the appeal, the show is every bit as good if not better than anything on TV now. As an avid sci-fi fan it rates one of the highest if not at the top of my list of all time favourite shows.

From the rather serious but likable Dr Huer, sexy but sweet Wilma that rather fab Princess Ardala, and of course Twiki and Buck who rather hog the show with their great partnership and wit. Buck with his perfectly styled hair-note even after fight scenes, watch closely! ; ) great style and what a wonderful smile that seems to end every episode! You could not go wrong to watch Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. In fact I must insist that everyone should watch it! You will smile ( you can't help it when Buck beams his grins across the screen) laugh, cry if you are soppy like me! and most definitely want more when you have watched all of the entire series, well I did : ) BidiBidiBidi over and out Buck.

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It's mentioned in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Shgoratchx! (1981) that Crichton has a positronic brain. This fictional term was later used in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) as the technology used in Data.


Narrator: 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 ...


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.

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.

Alternate Versions

The opening episode, Awakening, was originally released as the theatrical film Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979). For TV, the film's sensual opening credits were removed, a scene showing Tigerman being killed was omitted, some dialogue was toned down, and several scenes were added including an epilogue setting up the TV series. The movie was also re-edited into a two-parter for syndication.


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Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

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