This is probably a shameful admission, but I have a bit of a sneaking regard for NBC’s unintentionally camp science-fiction show, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, first broadcast on US network television in 1979. I watched the entire series during late night reruns on cable and satellite TV in the 1990s and 2000s, enjoying the garish and clichéd-ridden silliness of the first season, while being bored by the leaden Battlestar Galactica pastiche that was the second and final series. At its best, the sci-fi adventure was a gloriously over-the-top disco-era romp, complete with spandex-clad space princesses and moon pirates. The sets, costumes and special effects were perfectly acceptable for the period, and some of the crisp white design cues look quite modern now, in an Apple-like way (think, iBuck!).
It’s many years since I last watched an episode, snippets and gifs aside, and I’m not sure that I would do so again, just in case it fails to live up to my fond memories. However, here is a retrospective review of the show from the YouTube channel RetroBlasting, which makes me tempted to give it a weekend watch. It’s certainly a long way from the era of Buster Crabbe and company.