Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is a family-friendly, if campy science fiction show made from 1979 to 1981. Like many of the shows from this era, Buck Rogers depicts female characters -- whether central or background -- in scanty and/or revealing costumes, while male characters wear modest clothing. Viewers should also expect to hear mild double entendres and see kissing, flirting, and dating. There is some drinking onscreen, as well as joking references to alcohol and drugs. There are many fistfights, sci-fi gun battles, and conflicts onscreen between faceless members of warring armies. When combatants "die" they just fall down on the ground and don't move. Sensitive topics such as racism, nuclear war, ecological disasters, and religion are discussed on the show.
Female characters are generally given very scanty or skintight costumes. Male characters are generally dressed modestly. There are many double entendres that kids likely will not catch, but Buck and Colonel Deering become romantically involved and there are kisses and references to dating.
Many space battles and spy capers. Warfare is most frequently waged between faceless troops; those shot by laser guns fall down on the ground and don't move again. Seldom is there any sense of real menace or danger.
Only the mildest of epithets: "Come on, you turkeys, get off your duffs!"
Concepts like justice and respect for life are discussed openly and often. The "good" guys and "bad" guys are clearly, if simplistically, defined.
A series of novels and comic books were made based on this series; viewers may want to find and read them. As recently as 2011, toy figures based on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century were marketed.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Characters drink onscreen and say things like "Whew, I really need a drink!"