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.
When the Searcher returns to Earth, Buck is immediately arrested on charges of high treason. He stands trial while his peers review a 500-year-old piece of evidence – a videotape from the 20th-Century unearthed from the ruins of an Air Force Base – which shows Buck working with treasonous military personnel who brought about World War III. Facing the death penalty, Buck must prove his innocence, but he has no memory of his involvement with any of the events. He then resorts to using Dr. Goodfellow’s repressed memory probe, (which shows among other things, Rogers meeting with the President of the United States in a secret base inside Mount Rushmore), in hopes of finding the truth of what really happened before a final verdict is rendered.
- Guest stars: Ramon Bieri (as Commissioner Bergstrom), William Sylvester (as Lieutenant General Preston Myers), David Hooks (as General Arnheim), Walter Brooke (as US President), John Milford (as Air Force General), John O’Connell (as Major Peterson), Thomas Bellin (as Crawford), Buck Young (as Brigadier General Biles), Carl Reindel (as Air Force Sergeant).
Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 09 April 1981.
- Running Time: 60 minutes (per episode, with adverts).
- Rating: 15.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.