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 learns that whenever the popular rock band “Andromeda” performs a show, the youth around the galaxy break out into violence. Suspecting a connection between the music and the riots, Buck decides to head to “Music World”, a former military base turned broadcasting station, to meet the group. There he learns that the band’s manager, Lars Mangros, is experimenting with energy patterns and human behaviour and is somehow mixing mind-altering frequencies into his band’s music. With Andromeda’s biggest galaxy-wide concert just hours away from transmission, Buck tries to destroy Mangros’ transmitter before the youth of the galaxy tear their worlds apart.
- The funky song continuously played by the band is “Odyssey” by Johnny Harris who composed the track for the episode.
- Guest stars: Jerry Orbach (as Lars Mangros), Richard Moll (as Yarot), Nancy Frangione (as Karana), Leonard Lightfoot (as Cirus), Jesse D. Goins (as Rambeau), Jeff Harlan (as Mark), Cynthia Leake (as Elaine), Mitch Reta (as Technician), Joe Taggart (as Security Man), Paul LeClair (as Tarkus), and Judy Landers (as Joanna).
Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 21 February 1980.
- Running Time: 60 minutes (per episode, with adverts).
- Rating: 15.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.