Produced by Glen Larson, the Buck Rogers show struck a chord with a generation of mostly male viewers in the early '80s despite lasting a mere two seasons. What was it about the show that captured the imagination? Was it a succession of challenging plots and cutting edge writing? Was it a weekly dose of high energy action and gritty adventure? Or perhaps it was the show's extraordinary vision of the future? Or was it the space babes?
Because lets face it: That's what Buck Rogers was really all about. Hot space babes. The show was chock full of gorgeous gals... all of 'em bursting at the seams in the latest and greatest space spandex outfits the galaxy had to offer, and Buck got busy with so many of them even Captain Kirk would've been jealous. And with that in mind, what follows is my humble attempt to catalog the sexiest space babes from the first season of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
9) Jamie Lee Curtis as Jen Burton in "Unchained Woman"
An underground prison on a remote desert planet. A relentless, unstoppable android tracker. An alien sand-squid with an appetite for human flesh. Really fake cardboard rocks. Yes, friends, this episode has it all. Buck must infiltrate the underground prison in order to free Jen Burton, a woman who has been wrongly imprisoned for a crime that her outlaw lover has committed. As portrayed by Jamie Lee Curtis, Burton is a tough cookie who attempts to shun Buck's aid and good intentions only to learn the hard way that her boyfriend is space scum. As always, Curtis' easygoing sexiness shines through effortlessly. Especially when tumbling around the hot desert sun in her tight prison jumpsuit, but I digress.
8) Anne Lockhart as Leila Markeson in "A Dream of Jennifer"
This episode features an emotionally engaging premise: the idea of preying upon the ghosts of Buck's past. Alien radicals use a photograph of Jennifer, the woman Buck left behind before undertaking his space mission, to genetically alter a female mercenary into a look-a-like. The idea is to snare Buck into a plot to destroy an Earth supply ship providing weapons to the alien's enemies. Anne Lockhart is a nice match up for Buck, and their flashback scenes are heartfelt and believable. As the doppelganger, she goes from a callous mercenary to an emotionally vulnerable being who can't help but fall for Buck's considerable charms.. .and thus, paying the ultimate price. And need I point out that cutie-pie Anne is the daughter of Lost in Space's June Lockhart? Or that she had a recurring role on Larson's other sci-fi series? I didn't think so.
7) Dorothy Stratten as Miss Cosmos in "Cruise Ship to the Stars"
6) Teddi Siddall as Linea in "Planet of the Amazon Women"
5) Pamela Susan Shoop as Tangie in "Vegas in Space"