CBS/20th Century Fox (Joe Layton, Steve Starsh, Ken Welch
& Mitzie Welch)
USA 🇺🇸 1978
W: Pat Proft, Leonard Ripps, Bruce Vilanch, Rod Warren &
Mus: John Williams (Star Wars theme), Ian Fraser, Ken Welch
& Mitzie Welch
Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie
Fisher (Princess Leia), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Bea Arthur (Ackmena), Art Carney (Saun Dann), James Earl Jones (voice of Darth Vader)
It either takes a brave soul or obsessed fan to watch The Star
Wars Holiday Special, even on May the 4th.
For those unaware of it's existence, it was a variety show
aired on TV in 1978, built around the success of the original Star Wars film.
The story (ha ha) sees Han Solo & Chewbecca try to get
back to Chewie's home planet to celebrate Life Day with his family. Various celebrities like Bea Arthur and Jefferson Airplane also share the joy with some terrible songs.
The overall result was so poor that it was only shown on TV
once, and with George Lucas spending 38 years trying to destroy every copy, the only hope of viewing it is via a bootleg copy or on YouTube.
Harrison Ford claims to have never watched it, nor does he
ever intend to. Carrie Fisher, however, gleefully admits that she shows it whenever she has a house party, but only to prompt guests into leaving.
For those who claim The Phantom Menace is the worst Star Wars
film, you're wrong. The SW Holiday Special is far, far worse.