The BEST Episodes of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 19, 2020

Network: NBC

In the year 1987, Air Force captain William "Buck" Rogers tests the Ranger 3 spacecraft. His flight was to last only 5 months, but a meteor storm damages his life-support systems, freezing him solid, and casts Ranger 3 into an orbit which returns it to Earth--over 500 years later. Soon after Buck departs, Earth is devastated by a nuclear war caused by a renegade group of U.S. military officers. In 2491, Buck, who has survived due to the freezing, is revived and tries to adjust to life on 25th-century post-nuclear Earth. In the second season, Buck joins the crew of the Searcher, a starship dispatched to locate former Earth colonies in deep space.

The Dorian Secret

#1 - The Dorian Secret

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 16, 1981

In this Series Finale: Buck and Hawk are sent to pick up the survivors of a planetary disaster and transport them to a new home. Before departing, Buck rescues a young woman from a group of Dorian thugs. Later, while enroute to the planet, the Searcher is attacked by a Dorian craft, which demands that the woman be returned for the murder of a warlord's son. As the Dorians persist and subject the Searcher to a severe pounding, the refugees begin to rebel, insisting that the woman be turned over. Eventually, Buck discovers that truth about the woman and the startling reason why the Dorians always wear what at first appear to be merely ceremonial face masks.

star 7.81
64 votes
Directors: Jack Arnold
Writers: Stephen McPherson
Awakening (2)

#2 - Awakening (2)

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 20, 1979

In the year 1987, NASA launched space probe Ranger III, with astronaut William "Buck" Rogers, on a 5-month trip around the solar system. However, the craft runs into a meteor storm, which disrupts its life support system and sends it into a long elliptical orbit of the Earth. In the year 2491, Ranger III again approaches the Earth, and is intercepted by the alien flagship Draconia, which is on a peace mission to Earth. Aboard the Draconia, Buck is revived by Princess Ardala and her second-in-command, Kane, whose true plan is to attack and conquer Earth. Buck is sent to Earth with a hidden homing device, which is soon discovered by Earth's Defense Directorate. After Buck convinces the humans of his true identity -- a man from the past -- he helps them to repel the Draconians' attack, with the aid of the mechanoids Dr. Theopolis and Twiki.

star 7.65
176 votes
Directors: Daniel Haller
Writers: Glen A. Larson, Leslie Stevens
Time of the Hawk (1)

#3 - Time of the Hawk (1)

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 15, 1981

Buck, Wilma, and Twiki set off into deep space aboard the Searcher, a starship on a mission to find the lost tribes of Earth -- humans who fled to the stars after a nuclear holocaust that all but destroyed the planet. The Searcher encounters a severely-damaged spacecraft with one survivor, who tells them of a savage attack by a bird-man named Hawk. Searcher sets course for the planet where it is believed Hawk lives, and Buck soon becomes involved in a desperate battle of wits and piloting skills with Hawk. Hawk's mate, who was a passenger in Hawk's ship, is mortally wounded in the battle and Buck and Hawk form a shaky alliance to seek medical aid for her. Eventually, Hawk joins the crew of the Searcher, looking for others of his kind.

star 7.62
112 votes
Writers: Norman Hudis
Planet of the Slave Girls (1)

#4 - Planet of the Slave Girls (1)

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 27, 1979

Most of Earth's defense squadron becomes incapacitated after ingesting poisoned food discs. Buck travels to the planet of the food's origin, Vistula, with Wilma and flight instructor Duke Danton, an old boyfriend of Wilma's. On the planet, they trace the plot to a man named Kaleel who has been selling slaves to the planet's governor and secretly building an attack fleet. With so few fighter pilots, Earth's defense force is now outnumbered 10-to-1. Buck must rescue Wilma from Kaleel's mountain fortress and destroy the fleet before they can reach Earth. This episode was initially aired as a two hour special.

star 7.59
221 votes
Writers: Aubrey Solomon, Cory Applebaum, Steve Greenberg
Cosmic Whiz Kid

#5 - Cosmic Whiz Kid

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 15, 1979

Hieronymous Fox, an 11-year-old child genius from the 20th Century is kidnapped for ransom by the sinister Roderick Zale. The boy is the President of the planet Genesia and his bodyguard fears that he will be killed because they cannot meet the ransom demand. Buck, Wilma, and the bodyguard then make separate attempts to rescue the boy.

star 7.54
156 votes
Writers: Alan Brennert, Anne Collins
The Plot to Kill a City (2)

#6 - The Plot to Kill a City (2)

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 18, 1979

After a Defense Directorate agent kills a member of a group of interstellar assassins, they plot to take their revenge on the city of New Chicago. Buck masquerades as an assassin and joins the group, but is soon uncovered. He must now, not only escape from the assassins, but also stop them from detonating New Chicago's matter/antimatter energy plant.

star 7.52
142 votes
Directors: Dick Lowry
Writers: Alan Brennert
Flight of the War Witch (1)

#7 - Flight of the War Witch (1)

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 27, 1980

Buck journeys through a space warp into another universe, where he discovers that the peaceful planet Pendar is being threatened by the sinister war witch Zarina. The Pendarans enlist the aid of Buck and Princess Ardala, who had followed Buck through the space warp, and an unsteady alliance between the humans and Draconians is formed as Buck leads a combined fleet against Zarina's battlecruiser.

star 7.49
158 votes
Directors: Larry Stewart
Writers: David Chomsky, Robert Gilmer, William Mageean
Vegas in Space

#8 - Vegas in Space

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 4, 1979

Buck is sent to the gambling city Sinaloa with Directorate special agent Marla Landers to rescue a young woman who has been kidnapped by the city's ruler, Velosi. Velosi plans to extract some information from the woman's mind in order to destroy one of his competitors. The information involves plans for the Draconian Hatchet fighters, which have been plaguing Earth's defense forces.

star 7.46
166 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Plot to Kill a City (1)

#9 - The Plot to Kill a City (1)

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 11, 1979

After a Defense Directorate agent kills a member of a group of interstellar assassins, they plot to take their revenge on the city of New Chicago. Buck masquerades as an assassin and joins the group, but is soon uncovered. He must now, not only escape from the assassins, but also stop them from detonating New Chicago's matter/antimatter energy plant.

star 7.43
175 votes
Directors: Dick Lowry
Writers: Alan Brennert
Awakening (1)

#10 - Awakening (1)

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 20, 1979

In the year 1987, NASA launched space probe Ranger III, with astronaut William "Buck" Rogers, on a 5-month trip around the solar system. However, the craft runs into a meteor storm, which disrupts its life support system and sends it into a long elliptical orbit of the Earth. In the year 2491, Ranger III again approaches the Earth, and is intercepted by the alien flagship Draconia, which is on a peace mission to Earth. Aboard the Draconia, Buck is revived by Princess Ardala and her second-in-command, Kane, whose true plan is to attack and conquer Earth. Buck is sent to Earth with a hidden homing device, which is soon discovered by Earth's Defense Directorate. After Buck convinces the humans of his true identity -- a man from the past -- he helps them to repel the Draconians' attack, with the aid of the mechanoids Dr. Theopolis and Twiki.

star 7.31
398 votes
Directors: Daniel Haller
Writers: Glen A. Larson, Leslie Stevens
Testimony of a Traitor

#11 - Testimony of a Traitor

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 9, 1981

An ancient videotape is discovered that proves that Buck was involved in the nuclear holocaust that nearly destroyed the Earth hundreds of years before. Commissioner Bergstrom convenes a war crimes trial aboard the Searcher and, if Buck is found guilty, faces a death sentence. In a desperate attempt to clear himself, Buck agrees to another mind probe, but his memories seem to confirm the charges.

star 7.29
63 votes
Writers: Stephen McPherson
Planet of the Slave Girls (2)

#12 - Planet of the Slave Girls (2)

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 27, 1979

Most of Earth's defense squadron becomes incapacitated after ingesting poisoned food discs. Buck travels to the planet of the food's origin, Vistula, with Wilma and flight instructor Duke Danton (Groh), an old boyfriend of Wilma's. On the planet, they trace the plot to a man named Kaleel (Palance) who has been selling slaves to the planet's governor (McDowall) and secretly building an attack fleet. With so few fighter pilots, Earth's defense force is now outnumbered 10-to-1. Buck must rescue Wilma from Kaleel's mountain fortress and destroy the fleet before they can reach Earth. This episode was initially aired as

star 7.25
141 votes
Olympiad

#13 - Olympiad

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 7, 1980

Buck is invited to be the special guest of the 2492 Olympics. Shortly after arriving on the planet where they are being held, he is drawn into a game of political intrigue as an athlete from the planet Lozira attempts to defect to Earth.

star 7.21
141 votes
Directors: Larry Stewart
Writers: Craig Buck
Return of the Fighting 69th

#14 - Return of the Fighting 69th

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 25, 1979

Some time before Buck Roger's arrival, Col. Wilma Deering had set out to capture two interstellar gun runners. A fire in their spacecraft left them disfigured and they now set out to take their revenge on Wilma and Earth. Capturing a freighter with 20th Century chemical weapons, they plan to poison the planet's atmosphere. With the aid of retired members of the Earth Defense Directorate's 69th Squadron, Buck and Wilma attack the gun runners' base to destroy them and the chemical weapons.

star 7.21
168 votes
Directors: Philip Leacock
Writers: David Bennett Carren
Space Rockers

#15 - Space Rockers

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 21, 1980

The evil Lars Mangros plans to broadcast a subliminal signal during the next performance of the rock group Andromeda that will cause the youth of the galaxy to riot. Buck infiltrates Musicworld, where the broadcast will originate, in an attempt to stop the madman from destroying the galaxy's cities.

star 7.20
107 votes
Directors: Guy Magar
Writers: Allan Cole, Chris Bunch
Unchained Woman

#16 - Unchained Woman

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 1, 1979

Buck masquerades as a convict to break into a prison in an attempt to rescue Jen Burton, who took the blame for a murder her boyfriend, a shipping pirate, really committed. The Earth Defense Directorate believes that she can supply information to put the pirate in jail. Breaking out of the underground prison, Buck and the woman head for a nearby spaceport for return to Earth, but they are pursued by an indestructible android prison guard.

star 7.19
135 votes
Directors: Dick Lowry
Writers: Bill Taylor
The Hand of the Goral

#17 - The Hand of the Goral

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 26, 1981

Buck, Wilma, and Hawk explore a strange planet and come across the wreckage of a spacecraft and its lone survivor. He is taken back to the Searcher by Wilma, while Buck and Hawk continue to explore. After some unexplained happenings on the planet, they return to the Searcher, where they find that everyone has undergone personality changes -- becoming the opposite of their real selves. Buck soon learns that he can not even trust Wilma and Hawk to help him solve the mystery of what has happened.

star 7.18
61 votes
Writers: Francis Moss
Escape from Wedded Bliss

#18 - Escape from Wedded Bliss

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 29, 1979

Princess Ardala returns to try to make Buck, who she considers the most genetically perfect male in the galaxy, her husband. With a powerful weapon poised in Earth orbit, she commands Earth's leaders to turn Buck Rogers over to her or else...

star 7.18
190 votes
Writers: Cory Applebaum, Michael Bryant
Planet of the Amazon Women

#19 - Planet of the Amazon Women

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 8, 1979

Kidnapped to the planet Zantia, Buck finds himself auctioned off to Ariela, the daughter of the planet's Prime Minister. Through her, Buck learns that the planet's male population are being held as prisoners of war of a people called the Ruathans. Buck agrees to help the women free their men in return for his own freedom.

star 7.16
187 votes
Directors: Philip Leacock
Writers: Clayton Richards, Michael Richards
The Crystals

#20 - The Crystals

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 5, 1981

Buck, Wilma, and Hawk are confronted with a bizarre riddle on an alien planet they are exploring for crystals to power the Searcher. Part of the riddle is the connection between a young woman and an eerie, mummy-like creature they encounter on the planet. Meanwhile, on the Searcher, the android Crichton believes he has discovered the link -- one that is crucial to the success of their mission.

star 7.15
67 votes
Directors: John Patterson
Writers: Esther Mitchell, Robert Mitchell
The Satyr

#21 - The Satyr

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 12, 1981

Buck and Twiki come across the survivors of a failed colony, a young widow and her son. The woman tells Buck that the other colonists all fled the planet as the result of a plague. Buck is confused by the woman's refusal to leave the planet despite being repeatedly being menaced by a goat-man named Pangor; but he soon discovers the truth about the plague when he contracts it and begins to turn into a goat-man himself.

star 7.14
66 votes
Directors: Victor French
Writers: Margaret Schneider, Paul Schneider
Happy Birthday, Buck

#22 - Happy Birthday, Buck

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 10, 1980

It's Buck Roger's 534th birthday, and Wilma and Dr. Huer plan a surprise party to cheer up the homesick astronaut. Wilma arranges to get Buck "out of the way" by having him accompany Dr. Huer's assistant to New Detroit with the doctor's business schedule. Meanwhile, a man who is plotting revenge against Huer attempts to gain access to the schedule from the assistant so that he can ambush and kill Dr. Huer.

star 7.11
179 votes
Writers: Martin Pasko
Flight of the War Witch (2)

#23 - Flight of the War Witch (2)

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 27, 1980

Buck journeys through a space warp into another universe, where he discovers that the peaceful planet Pendar is being threatened by the sinister war witch Zarina. The Pendarans enlist the aid of Buck and Princess Ardala, who had followed Buck through the space warp, and an unsteady alliance between the humans and Draconians is formed as Buck leads a combined fleet against Zarina's battlecruiser.

star 7.09
112 votes
Directors: Larry Stewart
Writers: David Chomsky, Robert Gilmer, William Mageean
Twiki is Missing

#24 - Twiki is Missing

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 31, 1980

Twiki is kidnapped by the evil ruler of a mining colony who, faced with an uprising of the mine workers, plans to make duplicates of the mechanoid to work the mines. While in the mines attempting to rescue Twiki, Buck discovers something that will help Earth destroy a 10-ton ice asteroid that is on a collision course with Earth.

star 7.08
162 votes
Writers: Jaron Summers
Cruise Ship to the Stars

#25 - Cruise Ship to the Stars

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 27, 1979

Murder and romance await Buck, Wilma, Theo and Twiki aboard the cruise ship Lyran Queen. Buck befriends a shy young girl (Beck) while investigating the attempted kidnapping of beauty queen Miss Cosmos (Stratten) by a woman (Noble) with superpowers. To his surprise, Buck learns the true identity of the mystery woman as he seeks the location of Miss Cosmos before a deadly dissection laser kills her.

star 7.06
187 votes
Writers: Cory Applebaum, Michael Bryant