If you exist in the proximity of anything with a screen, you don’t need to be told what the Star Wars Holiday Special is. It might be harder to explain why it is, or how in Hell -- but the what is a matter of baffling common knowledge. It’s even possible that you love Star Wars and/or hate yourself enough to have sat through it. But even if you experience it yourself, those wasted two hours doesn’t fully convey how utterly bonkers that lost piece of television actually is, or all the ways in which it changed the world -- amazingly, not always for the worse.

VARIETY SHOWS WERE A DYING GENRE.
By the late ’70s, the kind of musical variety shows the Holiday Special was trying to be were on its last legs. Stil
Source: Vanity Fair

HARRISON FORD HAD TO BE BEGGED TO APPEAR.
At the time, actors thought of TV as a step down from movies, and Ford didn’t want to be involved with any a
Source: Vanity Fair

MARK HAMILL WAS HIGH ON PAINKILLERS.
Hamill had been in a car accident in early ‘77, and surgeons had had to rebuild part of his face. His upsetting l
Source: The Telegraph

ONE OF THE WRITERS WENT ON TO WORK ON THE NAKED GUN AND SCARY MOVIE.
Source: Vanity Fair

THE ENDING LOOKS CHEAP BECAUSE THEY RUN OUT OF MONEY.
When the time came to shoot the Life Day ceremony, the production had run over budget. The solu
Source: SlashFilm

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