Kinda Makes my Holiday Season

December 1, 2009

star wars holiday special

So, recently I came across this, the Star Wars Holiday Special, aired in 1978 and quite possibly some of the worst television I’ve ever seen.  But all the more brilliant because of it.  I am completely shocked that I didn’t know about it already.   Since it came out before I was born and in a time before anything but VCRs I suppose its not that hard to believe.  The existing version (available in segments on youtube) is apparently from some one’s taped copy.

The production is more campy than I would ever have  believed and includes the entire original cast (except Alec Guiness).  I had to remind myself that none of them had very much reputation to protect at that point (immediately after the release of A New Hope) but still – its pretty embarrassing.  I don’t imagine Harrison Ford has it on his CV!  Its a variety show with a tenuous plot thread and was ranked number one in What Were They Thinking?: The 100 Dumbest Events in Television History, and described as “the worst two hours of television ever” according to wikipedia’s article on the topic.  Looking at it from the point of view of – is it good to laugh at – I think its a big winner, at least in small doses.  See for yourself with the video below and let me know what you think … Happy Lifeday!


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