Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is an American science fiction adventure television series produced by Universal Studios. The series ran for two seasons between September 1979 and April 1981, and the feature-length pilot episode for the series was released as a theatrical film before the series aired.
The film and series were developed by Glen A. Larson and Leslie Stevens, based on 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.
Buck helps two sisters whose ship is found adrift above the planet Xantia. After towing them home, a man named Cassius Thorne takes Buck into custody and has him sold at auction as a mate to the Prime Minister’s daughter Ariela Dyne. Buck learns from other male prisoners that Thorne has a lucrative business in kidnapping men to sell to the women of his planet since most of Xantia’s males were killed or captured in a war with the neighboring planet Ruatha. After meeting Ariela, Buck finds the girl strongly opposed to slavery and plans to end her mother’s reign. Meanwhile, Wilma arrives looking for Buck and learns that Ariela is planning to meet with the Ruathan leader and expose the truth that Xantia has no warriors. Wilma tries to stop Ariela before the fragile political repercussions drag Earth into war as well.
- Guest stars: Ann Dusenberry (as Ariela Dyne), Jay Robinson (as Cassius Thorne), Antoinette Stella (as Jayel), Wendy Oates (as Renna), Liberty Godshall (as Nyree), Darrell Zwerling (as Macon), Teddi Siddall (as Linea), Wally K. Berns (as Major Norris), James Fraracci (as Karsh), and Anne Jeffreys (as Prime Minister Dyne).
Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 08 November 1979.
- Running Time: 60 minutes (per episode, with adverts).
- Rating: 15.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.