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.
After an uprising of miners on the asteroid Toros, the mining operator, Kerk Belzak, wishes to replace the human workers with robotic drones. Belzak sets his eyes on Twiki, the most advanced robot drone known, to use as a model to make copies. He sends his enforcers, the Omniguard, a trio of female paranormals with psychokinetic powers to buy Twiki from Buck, but Buck refuses to sell him. The ladies then resort to stealing the robot and Buck goes after them. Buck soon learns that Stella Breed, the leader of the Omniguard, is being forced to serve Belzak, who holds the life of her son in his hands. Meanwhile, Wilma guides a massive “spaceberg” composed of frozen oxygen into Earth’s atmosphere in an attempt to replenish the planet’s breathable air, but the berg is put in danger of exploding when it veers off course.
- Guest stars: John P. Ryan (as Kerk Belzak), Eddie Benton (as Stella Breed), Janet Bebe Louie (as Clare), and Eugenia Wright (as Dawn), David Darlow (as Pinchas), and Ken Letner (as Oto Anad).
Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 31 January 1980.
- Running Time: 60 minutes (per episode, with adverts).
- Rating: 15.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.