Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is the late Glen A. Larson's second science fiction "opus." It premiered on NBC scarcely a year after Battlestar Galactica bowed on ABC.
At the time it aired, the 1979 Buck Rogers series was considered a hip updating of a classic character that kept all the character names from earlier incarnations, but veered into tongue-and-cheek, humorous settings.
On Buck Rogers, there was no continuing alien menace, although Princess Ardala (Pamela Hensley), Kane (Michael Ansara) and the Draconians showed up occasionally.
Today, Buck Rogers is more influential than some viewers may realize.
If the 1970s Buck Rogers remains truly disowned by any particular subset of fans, it would have to be the die-hard Rogers fan who felt that this version just didn't stack up or show adequate respect to an American legend. That's not really a fair assessment, I suggest. In the first year at least, Buck Rogers attempted the same swashbuckling sense of fun seen in the Crabbe serials, only updated for the more freewheeling 1970s.
Today and Tuesday, I'll be looking at the first season of Buck. Wednesday will be a retrospective of series merchandise and tie-ins. And Thursday and Friday will remember the ill-fated second season of the series.