‘Star Wars Holiday Special’

Disney+’s Lego Star Wars Holiday Special debuts tomorrow, November 17. We don’t know if it will be good or bad, but for fans of truly bad TV, we present the original Star Wars Holiday Special, from exactly 42 years earlier, November 17, 1978:

The Star Wars Holiday Special topped the list in David Hofstede’s 2004 book, What Were They Thinking?: The 100 Dumbest Events in Television History. Broadcast on CBS, the two-hour show starred the cast of the first Star Wars movie (Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, James Earl James, and Anthony Daniels as C-3PO) which had come out the previous year, along with guest stars Art Carney, Bea Arthur, Diahann Carroll, Harvey Korman and rock group Jefferson Starship.

The plot involves a Wookie holiday called Life Day, which Disney+ credits as being the inspiration for the Life Day celebration in its new special.

Lego Star Wars Holiday Special features such current franchise stars as Kelly Marie Tran, Billy Dee Williams, Matt Lanter, Tom Kane, James Arnold Taylor, Dee Bradley Baker, and Anthony Daniels — now a veteran of both Star Wars Holiday Specials – as C-3PO.

Disney+ costs $6.99 a month or $69.99 annually. A combo plan, $12.99 a month, consists of Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+.

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