The Best Episodes of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

Last Updated: Nov 7, 2018

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.

Awakening (2)

#1 - Awakening (2)

Season 1 - Episode 2

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 8.00
79 votes
Directors: Daniel Haller
Writers: Glen A. Larson, Leslie Stevens
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Flight of the War Witch (1)

#2 - Flight of the War Witch (1)

Season 1 - Episode 23

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 7.98
41 votes
Directors: Larry Stewart
Writers: David Chomsky, Robert Gilmer, William Mageean
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Time of the Hawk (1)

#3 - Time of the Hawk (1)

Season 2 - Episode 1

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 7.96
47 votes
Writers: Norman Hudis
Vegas in Space

#4 - Vegas in Space

Season 1 - Episode 5

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 7.90
90 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
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Escape From Wedded Bliss

#5 - Escape From Wedded Bliss

Season 1 - Episode 12

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 7.81
69 votes
Writers: Cory Applebaum, Michael Bryant
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The Plot to Kill a City (2)

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

Season 1 - Episode 7

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 7.78
74 votes
Directors: Dick Lowry
Writers: Alan Brennert
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The Plot to Kill a City (1)

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

Season 1 - Episode 6

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 7.77
80 votes
Directors: Dick Lowry
Writers: Alan Brennert
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Time of the Hawk (2)

#8 - Time of the Hawk (2)

Season 2 - Episode 2

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 7.77
22 votes
Writers: Norman Hudis
Cosmic Whiz Kid

#9 - Cosmic Whiz Kid

Season 1 - Episode 11

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 7.76
64 votes
Writers: Alan Brennert, Anne Collins
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Twiki is Missing

#10 - Twiki is Missing

Season 1 - Episode 18

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 7.74
45 votes
Writers: Jaron Summers
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Planet of the Slave Girls (1)

#11 - Planet of the Slave Girls (1)

Season 1 - Episode 3

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 7.71
114 votes
Writers: Steve Greenberg, Aubrey Solomon, Cory Applebaum
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Happy Birthday, Buck

#12 - Happy Birthday, Buck

Season 1 - Episode 15

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 7.68
56 votes
Writers: Martin Pasko
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Return of the Fighting 69th

#13 - Return of the Fighting 69th

Season 1 - Episode 8

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 7.66
71 votes
Directors: Philip Leacock
Writers: David Bennett Carren
Space Vampire

#14 - Space Vampire

Season 1 - Episode 14

No one believes that the Vorvon, who sneaks up on his victims and drains their living soul, is responsible for a series of deaths on Space Station Theta except Wilma -- his next intended victim.

star 7.64
61 votes
Directors: Larry Stewart
Writers: Kathleen Barnes, David Wise
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A Dream of Jennifer

#15 - A Dream of Jennifer

Season 1 - Episode 20

Buck is haunted by the appearance of a young woman who bears a striking resemblance to Jennifer, a woman who Buck left behind when he was propelled into the 25th Century. He follows her and soon discovers that she was made to look like Jennifer in order to lure Buck into a trap set by an alien who wants Buck to stop a space freighter from delivering weapons to a planet his people hope to conquer.

star 7.63
38 votes
Writers: Alan Brennert
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Planet of the Amazon Women

#16 - Planet of the Amazon Women

Season 1 - Episode 10

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 7.61
64 votes
Directors: Philip Leacock
Writers: Clayton Richards, Michael Richards
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Unchained Woman

#17 - Unchained Woman

Season 1 - Episode 9

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 7.61
69 votes
Directors: Dick Lowry
Writers: Bill Taylor
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Buck's Duel to the Death

#18 - Buck's Duel to the Death

Season 1 - Episode 22

Buck attempts to free a peaceful planet from the powerful grip of an evil warlord known as the Trebor. He leads a band of men into Trebor's fortress in the hope of freeing the women the alien has kidnapped, but Trebor has a few special powers that may end Buck's career at any moment.

star 7.60
43 votes
Directors: Bob Bender
Writers: Robert Gilmer
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Awakening (1)

#19 - Awakening (1)

Season 1 - Episode 1

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 7.57
198 votes
Directors: Daniel Haller
Writers: Glen A. Larson, Leslie Stevens
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Planet of the Slave Girls (2)

#20 - Planet of the Slave Girls (2)

Season 1 - Episode 4

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 7.57
49 votes
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Ardala Returns

#21 - Ardala Returns

Season 1 - Episode 17

Princess Ardala returns with another plan to snare the man from the 20th Century. This time, she captures Buck by luring him aboard a phoney 20th Century spaceship like his Ranger III. Once aboard the flagship Draconia, Kane creates four duplicate androids of Buck in an attempt to have them pilot the Draconian Hatchet fighters in an attack against Earth.

star 7.57
51 votes
Directors: Larry Stewart
Writers: Chris Bunch, Allan Cole
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The Golden Man

#22 - The Golden Man

Season 2 - Episode 7

The Searcher rescues a gold-skinned boy from an escape capsule in an asteroid field. When the ship collides with one of the asteroids, the boy displays his powers of molecular alteration by rescuing Admiral Asimov from beneath a fallen girder. The boy assures the crew of the Searcher that, with the help of his companion, who is on a nearby planet, he can dislodge the ship from the asteroid. But when Buck and Hawk go to the planet to get the companion, they find that he is being held captive by a man who wants to use the boy's powers for his own greedy purposes.

star 7.56
25 votes
Writers: Calvin Clements, Stephen McPherson
Journey to Oasis (2)

#23 - Journey to Oasis (2)

Season 2 - Episode 4

Hawk's first mission among the humans is to join Buck, Wilma, and Dr. Goodfellow in escorting Ambassador Duvoe to a peace conference that could avert a terrible galactic war. Crisis strikes as their shuttle passes through an electric storm and crashes in the desert. With contact with Searcher impossible, the party must travel by foot to Oasis, encountering savage mutants and a mischievous gnome named ODX.

star 7.55
20 votes
Directors: Daniel Haller
Writers: Robert Mitchell, Esther Mitchell
The Dorian Secret

#24 - The Dorian Secret

Season 2 - Episode 13

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 7.54
26 votes
Directors: Jack Arnold
Writers: Stephen McPherson
Flight of the War Witch (2)

#25 - Flight of the War Witch (2)

Season 1 - Episode 24

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 7.50
26 votes
Directors: Larry Stewart
Writers: David Chomsky, Robert Gilmer, William Mageean
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