Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century (1980): S01E15 – Happy Birthday, Buck


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.


Nearing his 534th birthday, Buck is feeling homesick for the 20th-Century and Wilma plans a surprise party to cheer him up. To lure Buck out of his apartment and allow Wilma to set up the party, Dr. Huer assigns him to escort a psychic courier named Raylyn Derren to New Detroit. At the city, an assassin named Cornell Traeger, who has a mutant power to alter molecular structures, plans to kill Dr. Huer as revenge for sending him on a disastrous mission 15 years ago. Traeger has since spent the time in prison on an alien planet and blames Huer for his suffering. Traeger abducts the courier to find out where Huer is and Buck must stop him before he can carry out the killing.


  • Guest stars: Morgan Brittany (as Raylyn Derren), Peter MacLean (as Cornell Traeger), Chip Johnson (as Carew), Bruce Wright (as Rorvik), Eric Mason (as Lieutenant Garth), Abraham Alvarez (as Security Agent), Tom Gagen (as Miles), Clay Alexander (as Marsden), and Tamara Dobson (as Dr. Delora Bayliss).

Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century Series

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Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 10 January 1980.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes (per episode, with adverts).
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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