"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."




     In 1987 NASA launches a manned probe on a 5 month trip around the solar system. The probe's pilot is Captain William "Buck" Rogers. A system failure causes Buck's life support systems  to freeze and his ship off course into a longer cycle back to Earth through deep space.  When the spacecraft returns the year is 2491. Buck awakens from his deep cryogenic sleep to find Earth in the aftermath of a late 20th Century nuclear holocaust.  Buck's ancient piloting skills makes the five-hundred year old astronaut a valuable member of the Earth's Defense Directorate, which is headed by Dr. Elias Huer. Colonel Wilma Deering is Buck's fighter squadron's commander. Among his other compatriots are Twiki -- a likable robot who becomes Buck's pal -- and Dr. Theopolis -- a mechanical brain who is part of Earth's Computer Council.


The shows budget was so low they were forced to use special effects from other shows.   Imagine in the future where everything always looks new.



     Production of the second season was delayed by several months due to an actors' strike. When production resumed in the fall of 1980, the series had a new set of producers (headed by John Mantley who had primarily worked on television westerns) and the format of the series was changed. Instead of defending the Earth from external threats, Buck, Wilma and Twiki were now a part of a crew aboard an Earth spaceship called the Searcher. The Searcher, which displayed the Latin motto "Per ardua ad astra" ("through adversity to the stars" or "through work to the stars") on its side, had a mission to seek out the lost "tribes" of humanity who had scattered in the five centuries since Earth's 20th Century nuclear war. (This is a theme present in Glen A. Larson's previous science fiction television series, Battlestar Galactica.) humans.    












     Buck Rogers was a science fiction adventure television series produced by Universal Studios. The series ran for two seasons between 19791981, and the feature-length pilot episode for the series was released as a theatrical film several months before the series aired. The film and series were developed by Glen A. Larson and Leslie Stevens, based upon the character Buck Rogers created in 1928 by Philip Francis Nowlan that had previously been featured in comic strips, novellas, a serial film, and on television and radio.





     International Debut - he series was shown in the UK by ITV, beginning in late August 1980 with the feature-length two-part episode "Planet of the Slave Girls" (the pilot film, which had been released theatrically in Britain in summer 1979, was not actually shown on British television until 1982). ITV broadcast Buck Rogers in an early Saturday evening slot, where it competed against, and beat, the BBC's long-running science fiction series Doctor Who, which started its 18th season on the same day. As a similar effect had occurred a couple of years earlier when several ITV stations screened Man from Atlantis against Doctor Who, this prompted the BBC to move Doctor Who to a new weekday slot for its next season in 1982 (even though Buck Rogers had actually been cancelled in the United States by that point). Ironically, the BBC would repeat the Buck Rogers series themselves (on BBC Two) in 1989 and again in the late 1990s











      The production recycled many of the props, effects shots and costumes from Battlestar Galactica, which was still in production at the same time the pilot film for Buck Rogers was. For example, the "landram" vehicle was made for the Galactica series, and the control sticks used in the Terran starfighters in the pilot movie were the same as those used in Galactica's Viper craft. The Terran starfighters were also concept designer Ralph McQuarrie's original vision of the Colonial Vipers.



























     Buck Rogers lasted just 37 total episodes

     Some site information gathered from the Buck Rogers Homepage. That site was last updated on Sept. 20, 2000. Click Link if you would like to see more of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. The site images were capture by this site from series recordings on VHS.

Buck Rogers CAST:::

Gil Gerard Capt. William 'Buck' Rogers
Erin Gray Col. Wilma Deering
Tim O'Connor Dr. Elias Huer (1)
Thom Christopher Hawk (2)
Wilfrid Hyde-White Dr. Goodfellow (2)
Jay Garner Admiral Asimov (2)
Paul Carr  Lt. Devlin
Felix Silla Twiki
Mel Blanc Voice of Twiki
Bob Elyea Voice of Twiki (eps 25-31)
Eric Server  Voice of Dr. Theopolis (1)
Jeff David Voice of Crichton (2)
William Conrad Narrator
Pamela Hensley Princess Ardala

Guest Appearances:::

Michael Ansara      - Kane in 'Escape from Wedded Bliss', 'Ardala Returns' and 'Flight of the War Witch'
Gary Coleman        -  Hieronymus Fox in 'Cosmic Wiz Kid' and 'A Blast for Buck'
Buster Crabbe       -   Brigadier Gordon in 'Planet of the Slave Girls'
Jamie Lee Curtis    -  Jen Burton in 'Unchained Woman'
Frank Gorshin        -   Kellogg in 'The Plot to Kill a City'
Peter Graves         -   Noah Cooper in 'Return of the Fighting 69th'
Mark Leonard        -   Ambassador Duvoe in 'Journey to Oasis'
Barbara Luna         -   Koori in 'Time of the Hawk' and 'The Guardians'
Roddy McDowell     -   Governor Saroyan in 'Planet of the Slave Girls'
Richard Moll          -  Yara in 'Space Rockers'
Julie Newmar        -  Zarina in 'Flight of the War Witch'
Jack Palance         -  Kaleel in 'Planet of the Slave Girls'
Markie Post          -   Joella Cameron in 'The Plot to Kill a City'
Cesar Romero       -   Amos Armat in 'Vegas in Space'
Henry Silva          -  Kane in 'Awakening'
Dorothy Stratten   -   Miss Cosmos in 'Cruise Ship to the Stars'
Ray Walston        - Roderick Zale in 'Cosmic Wiz Kid' 


1.   Awakenings pt1 20 Sept 79
2.   Awakenings pt2 20 Sept 79
3.   Planet of the Slave Girls pt1 9.27.79
4.   Planet of the Slave Girls pt2 9.27.79
5.   Vegas In Space 10.4.79
6.   Plot to Kill a City pt1 10.11.79
7.   Plot to Kill a City pt2 10.18.79
8.   Return of the Fighting 69th 10.25.79
9.   Unchained Woman 11.1.79
10. Planet of the Amazon Women 11.8.79
11. Cosmic Wiz Kid 11.15.79
12. Escape From Wedded Bliss 11.29.79
13. Cruise Ship to the Stars 12.?.79
14. Space Vampire 1.3.80
15. Happy Birthday, Buck 1.10.80
16. A Blast For Buck 1.17.80
17. Ardala Returns 1.24.80
18. Twiki is Missing 1.31.80
19. Olympiad 1.19.80
20. A Dream of Jennifer 2.14.80
21. Space Rockers 2.21.80
22. Buck's Duel to the Death 3.20.80
23. Flight of the War Witch pt1 3.27.80
24. Flight of the War Witch pt2 3.27.80


25. Time of the Hawk pt1 1.15.81
26. Time of the Hawk pt2 1.15.81
27. Journey to Oasis pt1 1.22.81
28. Journey to Oasis pt2 1.22.81
29. The Guardians 1.29.81
30. Mark of the Saurian 2.5.81
31. The Golden Man 2.19.81
32. The Crystals 3.5.81
33. The Saytr 3.12.81
34. Shgorapchx! 3.19.81
35. The Hand of Goral 3.26.81
36. Testimony of a Traitor 4.9.81
37. The Dorian Secret 4.16.81



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