Buck Rogers in the 25th Century 1979-1981
In the year 1987, United States Air Force captain William “Buck” Rogers tests the spacecraft Ranger 3. His flight was to last only five months, but a meteor storm damages his life-support systems, freezing him solid, and casts Ranger 3 into an orbit which returns it to Earth–over 500 years later. Soon after Buck departs, Earth is devastated by a nuclear war caused by a renegade group of military officers. In 2491, Buck, who has survived due to the freezing, is revived and tries to adjust to life on 25th-century post-nuclear Earth. In the second season, Buck joins the crew of the Searcher, a starship dispatched to locate former Earth colonies in deep space.