Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

Premiered: Sep. 20, 1979Status: Ended April 16, 1981
Network
NBC TV Network
Genre
– adventure
– sci-fi

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century OVERVIEW

The character Buck Rogers was actually created in 1928 by Philip Francis Nowlan and was featured in the comics and a feature film. In 1979 a for TV movie was made but it was released in theaters as a test. It did remarkably well so the producers made it into a weekly series.

Buck Rogers is a 1980s astronaut who is accidental frozen and returned to Earth 500 years later in the year 2491. Earth has recovered from a devastating nuclear war and Rogers unique twentieth century skills are utilized by the Earth Defense Directorate. Teamed up with Col. Wilma Deering and Twiki  a 25th century mini robot they fight off attacks by the Draconian Empire. They got their orders from Dr. Elias Huer and were aided by Dr. Theopolis or “Theo” who was a computer shaped liked a disk and carried around by Twiki. The chief antagonist was Princess Ardala  who was the leader of the Draconians. She also had the hots for Rogers and was always trying to coerce him into marrying her.

In the second season the studio scrapped the whole evil Draconians thing and sent our fearless hero and troupe out in space to explore the cosmos. The character Hawk was added as the last survivor of a proud bird like race.

 

 

CAST

Capt. William

Capt. William “Buck” Rogers
played by Gil Gerard
Col. Wilma Deeringplayed by Erin Gray

Col. Wilma Deering
played by Erin Gray
Dr. Elias Huerplayed by Tim O'Connor

Dr. Elias Huer
played by Tim O’Connor
Princess Ardalaplayed by Pamela Hensley

Princess Ardala
played by Pamela Hensley
Dr. Goodfellowplayed by Wilfrid Hyde-White

Dr. Goodfellow
played by Wilfrid Hyde-White
Hawkplayed by Thom Christopher

Hawk
played by Thom Christopher
Lt. Devlinplayed by Paul Carr

Lt. Devlin
played by Paul Carr
Twikiplayed by Felix Silla

Twiki
played by Felix Silla
Dr. Theopolisplayed by Eric Server

Dr. Theopolis
played by Eric Server
Admiral Asimovplayed by Jay Garner

Admiral Asimov
played by Jay Garner
Crichtonplayed by Jeff David

Crichton
played by Jeff David

Opening 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.

Theme Music

Composed by: Stu Phillips

 

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