Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century (1981): S02E05 – The Guardians


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.


Life aboard the Searcher is turned upside down when Buck brings aboard a mysterious jade box entrusted to him by a dying man he encounters on an unexplored planet. The seemingly cursed box takes over the ship and torments the lives of the crew by filling their minds with terrible visions. Conflicts arise when members of the crew try to destroy the box, but Buck stops them believing it is leading them to its new keeper – a being only known as “The Guardian” – and he must fulfil his promise to the dying man.


  • Guest stars: Harry Townes (as The Guardian), Rosemary DeCamp (as Buck’s Mother), Paul Carr (as Lieutenant Devin), Barbara Luna (as Koori), Shawn Stevens (as Boy), Dennis Haysbert (as Helmsmen), Vic Perrin (as 1st Guardian), Howard Culver (as Mailman).

Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century Series

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Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 29 January 1981.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes (per episode, with adverts).
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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