...regarding Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979 - 81)... It has always struck me as somewhat odd that the two lead characters - William ("Buck") Rogers and Wilma Deering should have nearly identical first names. In the original comic strip from the 1930's, Buck's real name was Anthony - he was renamed William for the TV series. Was this "mirroring" of the characters names (sigh) yet another attempt to rip-off Star Wars (1977) with the famous Luke and Leia "double L" combination? Or possibly (dare I say it...) Mork and Mindy (1978 - 82)? In the case of case of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, nothing whatsoever is made of the characters similar names in the episodes themselves.
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