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The Star Wars Holiday Special

Itchy, Lumpy, Luke and Leia have a gift for you: The famously disastrous Star Wars Holiday Special.

Dec 25 2013, 11:11am CST | by

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The Star Wars Holiday Special

This may well be the worst piece of Bantha poodoo to ever soil U.S. airwaves. Originally broadcast on CBS in 1978 –and then never shown again– the Star Wars Holiday Special was produced by George Lucas  when he was riding high off the release of the first Star Wars movie, and looking to make a few extra bucks with two painfully awful hours of cornball humor, slipshod animation and embarrassing performances.

The story follows Chewbacca’s attempts to reunite with his family for “Life Day,” complete with endless scenes of his family –wife Malla, son Lumpy, and father Itchy– groaning at each other in Wookiee, sans subtitles. It boasts the full movie cast, with the notable exception of Alec Guinness, who presumably had the good sense to read the script first.

Other “talent” on parade includes guest stars Bea Arthur, Art Carney and Harvey Korman, who appear as a cantina bartender, Kazoook trading agent and sniveling space drunk, respectively. It only gets weirder when Jefferson Starship performs as a holographic rock band.

Lucas was said to be so ashamed of this program that he has systematically hunted down and destroyed every copy he could get his hands on. Despite his efforts, enterprising fans can locate low-quality bootlegs at science fiction conventions and on the Internet –like right here. Enjoy!

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