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The television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century features astronaut Capt. William Buck Rogers as the lone passenger on the last of Americas deep space probes Ranger III launched in 1987. A meteor storm damages Ranger IIIs life-support system, freezing Rogers and sending his ship into an orbit so great Rogers isnt rescued for 504 years. When revived and back on an Earth scarred from a nuclear war, Rogers finds his planets interstellar trade lanes under attack by the evil alien Draconian Empire. Now a member of the remnants of humanity, Rogers joins Colonel Wilma Deering, AI counselor Dr. Theophilis, and the robot Twiki to help protect the earth aboard Deerings spaceship Searcher.

Glen A. Larson, who developed Magnum, P.I., The Fall Guy, and Knight Rider, created Buck Rogers in the 25th Century to capitalize on the popularity of his 1978 science fiction TV program Battlestar Galactica. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century was released theatrically on March 30, 1979 by Universal Pictures, and debuted as the two-hour pilot episode Awakening on NBC on Sept. 20, 1979. Buck Rogers stars Gil Gerard as Captain William Buck Rogers, the lovely Erin Gray as Colonel Wilma Deering, the unparalleled work of Mel Blanc as Twiki (Blanc was the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig and almost every Loony Tunes character from 1937 until his death in 1989, as well as The Flintstones Barney Rubble and The Jetsons Mr. Spacely), and William Conrad (Cannon, Jake and the Fatman) as the narrator.

Although the first season of Buck Rogers pitted Rogers, Deering, and the survivors of Earth against the invasion forces of the Draconian Empire, during an actors strike in 1980, NBC decided to push the crew of the Searcher farther from Earth to look for the lost tribes of Earth that escaped into space after the nuclear war. Transformed into more of a Battlestar Galactica-type program, NBC canceled Buck Rogers in the 25th Century during Season Two after 13 episodes.

2 Seasons, 37 Episodes - Canceled
September 20, 1979
Science Fiction
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Buck Rogers Full Episode Guide

  • After Buck rescues disaster survivors and a young woman captured by Dorian ruffians, Dorians attack the Searcher, determined to recapture the woman. As the situation becomes life-threatening, Buck learns some surprising facts about the Dorians.

  • A 500-year-old videotape implicates Buck in a conspiracy against Earth, and he's promptly tried for treason. Determined to prove his innocence, Buck undergoes a mind probe, but his memories don't contradict the evidence.

  • Buck, Hawk and Wilma return from a mission on a nearly deserted planet, only to discover that their crewmates' personalities have drastically changed in their absence. Dennis Haysbert guest stars.

  • When Buck and his crew encounter a dilapidated spacecraft, they escort the seven little aliens they find aboard the ship safely onto the Searcher. But the mischievous aliens may drive everyone crazy before they get to their destination.

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