The Star Wars Holiday Special

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! This week the much-anticipated Star Wars sequel, THE FORCE AWAKENS, will be released in theatres. So today I’m tuning it back to one of the worst holiday specials ever made, The Star Wars Holiday Special. In this video posted on YouTube some elements have been removed due to certain copyright issues (ie. the intro song, a song by Jefferson Starship, and a cartoon segment), but several of the songs remain. It is a truly awful viewing experience and I couldn’t bring myself to watch the whole thing. However, here are two of the songs in the special that have to be seen to be believed:

1:08:00 – “Good Night, but Not Good Bye”, sung by Bea Arthur
1:23:00 – “Life Day”, sung  by Carrie Fisher

IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to view the video, you must watch it on YouTube (as it isn’t permitted to be embedded on websites).

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: November 17, 1978

TRIVIA: The Star Wars Holiday Special was critically panned, both by Star Wars fans and the general public. David Hofstede, author of What Were They Thinking?: The 100 Dumbest Events in Television History, ranked the holiday special at number one, calling it “the worst two hours of television ever.”

George Lucas himself disliked the special and reportedly said, “If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would track down every copy of that show and smash it.”

On the 2010 television program Times TalkNew York Times columnist David Carr asked Carrie Fisher about the special; she said that she made George Lucas give her a copy of the special in exchange for recording DVD commentary for the Star Wars films. She added that she shows it at parties, “mainly at the end of the night when I want people to leave.”

See you next Tuesday and may the force be with you!!


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