Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

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  • TV-14
  • 1979
  • 1 Season
  • 7.3  (402)

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is an American science fiction television series created by Glen A. Larson, which premiered on NBC in 1979. It stars Gil Gerard as Captain William “Buck” Rogers, an astronaut from the 20th century who is frozen in space and awakens 500 years later in the 25th century. The show also features Erin Gray as Colonel Wilma Deering, a leading officer in the Earth Defense Directorate, and Tim O’Connor as Dr. Elias Huer, the leader of the Directorate.

The show is set in a future where the Earth has suffered a devastating nuclear war and is united under the Earth Defense Directorate, which is responsible for protecting the planet from external threats. Buck Rogers is originally sent on a space mission in the 20th century but becomes frozen during his journey and is awoken in the 25th century by the Draconian Empire, a powerful militaristic society that is intent on conquering the Earth.

Buck teams up with Colonel Deering and Dr. Huer to help defend the Earth from the Draconians, using his 20th-century knowledge and skills to outsmart the technologically advanced empire. He also discovers that his experiences and perspectives from the 20th century clash with the values and practices of the 25th century, leading to numerous conflicts and culture clashes.

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is known for its iconic visuals, which include futuristic technology, costumes, and special effects. The show’s production design was heavily inspired by classic science fiction films, such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Star Wars, and featured advanced spacecraft, weapons, and other futuristic devices.

The show’s themes focus on futuristic technology, space travel, and the relationship between the past and the future. It also explored social and political issues, such as militarism, imperialism, and the Cold War. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century was an influential show that popularized science fiction in mainstream media and helped pave the way for future sci-fi productions.

Overall, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is an exciting and visually stunning science fiction show that explores fascinating themes and characters. With engaging action sequences, complex characters, and thought-provoking themes, it is a must-watch for anyone interested in science fiction, action-adventure, or futurism.

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Flight of the War Witch, Part 2
24. Flight of the War Witch, Part 2
January 1, 1980
Part 2 of 2. As Princess Ardala (guest star Pamela Hensley) holds Doctor Huer (Tim O'Connor) and Wilma (Erin Gray) captive on her ship the Draconia, the Pendaran Council ask both Buck and Ardala for help in defeating Zarina (guest star Julie Newmar). Soon a temporary truce is made and Buck prepares to lead a combined fleet of Earth Starfighters and Draconian Marauders in an attack on the battle-cruiser of the War Witch.
Buck's Duel to the Death
22. Buck's Duel to the Death
January 1, 1980
Buck (Gil Gerard) attempts to free a peaceful planet from the powerful grip of an evil warlord known as the Traybor (William Smith). He leads a band of men into Traybor's fortress in the hope of freeing the women the alien has kidnapped, but Traybor has a few special powers that may end Buck's career at any moment.
Space Rockers
21. Space Rockers
January 1, 1980
The evil Lars Mangros (guest star Jerry Orbach) plans to broadcast a subliminal signal during the next performance of the rock group Andromeda that will cause the youth of the galaxy to riot. Buck (Gil Gerard) infiltrates Musicworld, where the broadcast will originate, in an attempt to stop the madman from destroying the galaxy's cities.
A Dream of Jennifer
20. A Dream of Jennifer
January 1, 1980
Buck (Gil Gerard) is haunted by the appearance of a young woman who bears a striking resemblance to Jennifer (Anne Lockhart), a woman who Buck left behind when he was propelled into the 25th Century. He follows her and soon discovers that she was made to look like Jennifer in order to lure Buck into a trap set by an alien who wants Buck to stop a space freighter from delivering weapons to a planet his people hope to conquer.
19. Olympiad
January 1, 1980
Buck (Gil Gerard) is invited to be the special guest of the 2492 Olympics. Shortly after arriving on the planet where they are being held, he is drawn into a game of political intrigue as an athlete from the planet Lozira attempts to defect to Earth.
Twiki is Missing
18. Twiki is Missing
January 1, 1980
Twiki (voiced by Mel Blanc) is kidnapped by the evil ruler of a mining colony who, faced with an uprising of the mine workers, plans to make duplicates of the mechanoid to work the mines. While in the mines attempting to rescue Twiki, Buck (Gil Gerard) discovers something that will help Earth destroy a 10-ton ice asteroid that is on a collision course with Earth.
Ardala Returns
17. Ardala Returns
January 1, 1980
Princess Ardala (guest star Pamela Hensley) returns with another plan to snare the man from the 20th Century. This time, she captures Buck (Gil Gerard) by luring him aboard a phony 20th Century spaceship like his Ranger III. Once aboard the flagship Draconia, Kane (guest star Michael Ansara) creates four duplicate androids of Buck in an attempt to have them pilot the Draconian Hatchet fighters in an attack against Earth.
A Blast for Buck
16. A Blast for Buck
January 1, 1980
To discover the secret behind a terrifying riddle presented to him, Buck (Gil Gerard) subjects himself to a mind probe in an attempt to find out who is responsible for the mysterious objects being transported into the Defense Directorate's building.
Happy Birthday, Buck
15. Happy Birthday, Buck
January 1, 1980
It's Buck Roger's 534th birthday, and Wilma (Erin Gray) and Dr. Huer (Tim O'Connor) plan a surprise party to cheer up the homesick astronaut. Wilma arranges to get Buck (Gil Gerard) "out of the way" by having him accompany Dr. Huer's assistant (guest star Morgan Brittany) to New Detroit with the doctor's business schedule. Meanwhile, a man who is plotting revenge against Huer attempts to gain access to the schedule so that he can ambush and kill Dr. Huer.
Space Vampire
14. Space Vampire
January 1, 1980
No one believes that the Vorvon (guest star Nicholas Hormann ), who sneaks up on his victims and drains their living soul, is responsible for a series of deaths on Space Station Theta except Wilma (Erin Gray) -- his next intended victim.
Cruise Ship to the Stars
13. Cruise Ship to the Stars
December 27, 1979
Murder and romance await Buck and Wilma (Gil Gerard and Erin Gray) aboard the cruise ship Lyran Queen. Buck befriends a shy young girl while investigating the attempted kidnapping of beauty queen Miss Cosmos (guest star Dorothy Stratten) by a woman with superpowers. To his surprise, Buck learns the true identity of the mystery woman as he seeks the location of Miss Cosmos before a deadly dissection laser kills her.
Escape from Wedded Bliss
12. Escape from Wedded Bliss
November 29, 1979
Princess Ardala (guest star Pamela Hensley) returns to try to make Buck (Gil Gerard), who she considers the most genetically perfect male in the galaxy, her husband. With a powerful weapon poised in Earth's orbit, she commands the planet's leaders to turn Buck Rogers over to her or else....
Cosmic Whiz Kid
11. Cosmic Whiz Kid
November 15, 1979
Hieronymous Fox (guest star Gary Coleman), an 11-year-old child genius from the 20th Century, is kidnapped for ransom by the sinister Roderick Zale (guest star Ray Walston). The boy is the President of the planet Genesia and his bodyguard fears that he will be killed because they cannot meet the ransom demand. Buck (Gil Gerard), Wilma (Erin Gray), and the bodyguard then make separate attempts to rescue the boy.
Planet of the Amazon Women
10. Planet of the Amazon Women
November 8, 1979
Kidnapped to the planet Zantia, Buck (Gil Gerard) finds himself auctioned off to Ariela (guest star Ann Dusenberry), the daughter of the planet's Prime Minister. Through her, Buck learns that the planet's male population is being held as prisoners of war of a people called the Ruathans. Buck agrees to help the women free their men in return for his own freedom.
Unchained Woman
9. Unchained Woman
November 1, 1979
Buck (Gil Gerard) masquerades as a convict to break into a prison in an attempt to rescue Jen Burton (guest star Jamie Lee Curtis), who took the blame for a murder her boyfriend, a shipping pirate, really committed. The Earth Defense Directorate believes that she can supply information to put the pirate in jail. Breaking out of the underground prison, Buck and the woman head for a nearby spaceport for return to Earth, but they are pursued by an indestructible android prison guard.
Return of the Fighting 69th
8. Return of the Fighting 69th
October 25, 1979
Some time before Buck Roger's (Gil Gerard) arrival, Col. Wilma Deering (Erin Gray) had set out to capture two interstellar gun runners. A fire in their spacecraft left them disfigured and they now set out to take their revenge on Wilma and Earth. Capturing a freighter with 20th Century chemical weapons, they plan to poison the planet's atmosphere. With the aid of retired members of the Earth Defense Directorate's 69th Squadron, Buck and Wilma attack the gun runners' base to destroy them and the chemical weapons.
Plot to Kill a City, Part 2
7. Plot to Kill a City, Part 2
October 18, 1979
Part 2 of 2. Buck's (Gil Gerard) disguise has been uncovered and he has been taken captive by the "Legion of Death". He must find a way to escape his captors and prevent Kellogg from detonating New Chicago's matter/antimatter energy plant, or everyone in the city will be killed.
Plot to Kill a City, Part 1
6. Plot to Kill a City, Part 1
October 11, 1979
Part 1 of 2. After a Defense Directorate agent kills a member of a group of interstellar assassins, the group plots to take their revenge on the city of New Chicago. Buck (Gil Gerard) masquerades as an assassin and joins the group, but his attempt to thwart their plan is stopped when the leader of the group, Kellogg (guest star Frank Gorshin), discovers that Buck is an impostor.
Vegas in Space
5. Vegas in Space
October 4, 1979
Buck (Gil Gerard) is sent to the gambling city Sinaloa with Directorate special agent Marla Landers (Guest star Juanin Clay) to rescue a young woman who has been kidnapped by the city's ruler, Velosi (guest star Richard Lynch). Velosi plans to extract some information from the woman's mind in order to destroy one of his competitors. The information involves plans for the Draconian Hatchet fighters, which have been plaguing Earth's defense forces.
Planet of the Slave Girls, Part 1
3. Planet of the Slave Girls, Part 1
September 27, 1979
Part 1 of 2. Most of Earth's defense squadron becomes incapacitated after ingesting poisoned food discs. Buck (Gil Gerard) travels to the planet of the food's origin, Vistula, with Wilma (Erin Gray) and flight instructor Duke Danton (guest star David Groh), Wilma's old boyfriend. On the planet, they trace the plot to a man named Kaleel (guest star Jack Palance) who has been selling slaves to the planet's governor (guest star Roddy McDowall). After Wilma is taken prisoner, Buck and Duke try to follow her in an effort to uncover the plot, however their ship is brought down by a "power leech".
Awakening, Part 2
2. Awakening, Part 2
September 20, 1979
Part 2 of 2. After Buck is branded as a traitor, he manages to convince the council to allow him the chance to clear his name. Buck returns to the Draconian flagship, and pretends to ally himself with Princess Ardala. The Princess is smitten by Buck and soon Buck manages to learn of Draconian plans to invade Earth. Buck realizes that he must find a way to stop the attack.
  • Premiere Date
    September 20, 1979
  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (402)