The 9 Sexiest Space Babes of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

By Chris Sasser in Daily Lists, TV
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 7:58 am
The year is 1987. NASA launches the last of America's deep space probes. Captain William "Buck" Rogers of Ranger Three encounters a bizarre mixture of unknown outer space gases which leave Buck in hibernation, drifting helplessly across the universe. Buck returns to earth some five hundred years in the future and is awakened from his cryogenic slumber to discover that things have seriously changed... and that his adventures have only just begun.

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"
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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"
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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"
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The lovely and tragic Ms. Stratton (she was murdered just prior to the release of the film Galaxina, in which she portrayed the title role) has a relatively minor role in this episode as the "genetically perfect" Miss Cosmos who is used as a pawn in a kidnapping caper aboard a star cruise ship. Naturally, it's up to Buck to save the day. Genetically perfect? Stratton was certainly capable of making any normal red-blooded male believe that she just might have been.

6) Teddi Siddall as Linea in "Planet of the Amazon Women"
When answering the distress signal of a disabled spacecraft, Buck is captured by a pair of scheming sisters and taken to the planet Zantia, a world populated by women hungry for male companionship. Of course, being the desirable hunk of man that he is, Buck is put up for auction to the highest bidder. Of the two enslaving sisters, Teddi Siddall makes quite an impression as the statuesque Linea. Also starring in this episode is Anne Dusenberry, who made notable appearances in the toothy fish-story sequel Jaws 2 and alongside Harrison Ford in a long forgotten Exorcist telefilm rip-off entitled The Possessed.

5) Pamela Susan Shoop as Tangie in "Vegas in Space"
"Vegas" is a standout episode in the series for many reasons. It boasts a scary, if seedy villain in the form of Richard Lynch as Velosi, as well as an appearance by the one and only Cesar Romero, and not one, but three sexy special guest stars. The gist of the story concerns Buck's mission to the gambling world of Sinoloa to rescue a kidnapped girl (the alluring Anna Alicia). Accompanying Buck is Directorate special agent Marla Landers (spunky beauty Juanin Clay). While scoping out the gaming casino, Buck encounters enslaved "entertainer" Tangie, a role assumed by Pamela Susan Shoop. To say that Ms. Shoop is an eyeful in her revealing casino gown would be an understatement. Perhaps the most bizarre factoid concerning this episode is that both Shoop and Alicia appeared as nurses in Halloween II, falling victim to the maniacal Michael Myers' killer hypodermic and a boiling hot tub, respectively.
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