Must See: Buck Rogers In The 25th Century

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Must-see TV shows are futuristic classics that shouldn't be missed. Of course, not every must-see is perfect. That's why we've rated them 1-5 on the patented "crunchy goodness" scale.

Title: Buck Rogers In The 25th Century
Date: 1979-1981

Vitals: A twentieth-century astronaut gets caught in a swirly thingy and goes into suspended animation, only to wake up 500 years later, surrounded by people in white jumpsuits with rainbow armbands. Somehow, after just a few weeks in the future, he masters their advanced technology and becomes one of the top space-fighter pilots


Famous names: Gil Gerard!!!, Erin Gray, Mel Blanc, Glen Larson

Crunchy goodness: 3

Stunt casting: Gary Coleman as Hieronymous Fox, a child genius and ruler of the planet Genesia, who gets kidnapped and becomes Buck's best pal after his rescue. (Runner up: Jamie Lee Curtis, who stars as a bad-ass convict in the show's "women in prison" episode.)


Most painfully dated moment: The whole show is one long scarydisco flashbasic, basically, but the roller-disco cultural ambassadors probably take the cake.

The shit: Princess Ardala (Pamela Hensley) really seems like she gets off on destroying planets in a spangly bra — making her the kind of girl we need to see more often on television. In season two, Hawk (Thom Christopher) tries to bring the same joy to his feathery headdress, but it's just not the same.

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