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 is forced away from a vacation trip by Lieutenant Dia Cyrton who is the bodyguard of a 493-year-old, child super-genius, Hieronymus Fox – the president of the planet Genesia. Originally from Earth’s 20th-Century, Fox developed advanced cryogenics technology and had himself frozen before the nuclear holocaust. After being thawed in the 25th-Century, Fox helped the struggling Genesia colony and they made him their leader. Now the boy has been kidnapped for ransom by a political dissident named Roderick Zale who holds Fox captive on Aldebaran II. Buck and Dia work to infiltrate Zale’s hideout and must dodge elaborate security fields and a superhuman assassin before Zale carries out his threat to kill Fox.
- Guest stars: Gary Coleman (as Hieronymus Fox), Ray Walston (as Roderick Zale), Melody Rogers (as Lieutenant Dia Cyrton), Albert Popwell (as Koren), Earl Boen (as Selmar), and Lester Fletcher (as M.D. Toman).
Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 15 November 1979.
- Running Time: 60 minutes (per episode, with adverts).
- Rating: 15.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.