Nothing tops off a holiday like a nice slice of cheese. The Star Wars Holiday Special, in case you missed the briefing, aired for the first and only legitimate time on November 17, 1978. It was the very first filmed Star Wars spin-off and introduced to the Star Wars mythos Boba Fett, the planet of the Wookies, and Life Day. It also introduced to the Star Wars universe characters played by Art Carney, Harvey Korman, and Beatrice Arthur — all sitcom stars of the era. In case you haven’t figured it out, it was a mystically horrific comedy/musical that was, if not the worst thing ever associated with Star Wars, then at least the most ludicrously inappropriate.
Although officially disowned by Lucasfilm (George Lucas was said to be “unhappy” with the program) the show has had a long cult life as swapped video tapes and now digital files. The entire special is up on YouTube, and as you cram one last sip of eggnog and one last bite of stollen into your distended belly, The Star Wars Holiday Special provides just the antacid that you desperately need.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.