Buck Rogers in the 25th Century should've been a huge hit for NBC when it bowed in 1979. The network was starving for a hit show, and thought they had one. Unfortunately, a strike in Hollywood slowed production on the 2nd season, leading to premature, at least in this writer's opinion, cancellation.
The series began, as did Universal stablemate Battlestar Galactica a year earlier, with a feature film released to theatres. Six months later, the movie was edited into the 2-part series opener, "Awakening". Producer Glen Larsen, who also was the show-runner for Galactica, chose a relative unknown, Gil Gerard, for the title role as Captain William "Buck" Rogers, who had been in suspended animation for 5 centuries before being revived in the year 2487. Larsen's plan, it seemed, was to try to pick up the mojo left over from Paramount's Star Trek a decade prior by having Buck charming a different woman each week in season 1, even though he was the object of Princess Ardala's desires, and, in turn, it took a while before Buck began to draw closer to his commanding officer, Colonel Wilma Deering (Erin Gray).
Tim O'Connor (ex-Peyton Place) played Dr. Huer, the head of the Defense Directorate. Buck was given a robot sidekick, Twiki (Felix Silla, ex-The Addams Family; voiced by Mel Blanc for most of the series), which was mostly to lure in the kids. However, in season 2, Buck, Twiki, & Wilma were moved aboard the Searcher. The writers' strike cut the episode order down to 11 for the season, leaving out any and all explanation for Buck & Wilma's reassignment. That, all by itself, pretty much killed the show.
William Conrad, fresh from Cannon, served as series announcer for season 1 and narrated the movie. In season 2, for some odd reason, long time QM announcer Hank Simms replaced Conrad. Another bad move, y'think?
Anyway, here's a network promo plugging the series opener:
ABC blinked and moved Mork & Mindy to Sundays for its second season, rather than risk airing opposite Buck Rogers, but would move back via viewer demand in due course. In recent years, Buck has turned up on Sci-Fi (now SyFy), Me-TV, & Retro. Ya never know where the series will surface again.