The Misbegotten “Star Wars Holiday Special” of 1978

Star Wars was not just a cultural phenomenon but a major moneymaker for 20th-Century Fox. The Empire Strikes Back sequel would not be ready until 1980 so the studio had the brilliant idea to do a holiday special at the end of 1978 to keep the franchise in the public eye. The kitchsy, extremely 70s variety show would instead enter Thou Shall Not Speak Of It territory for everyone involved. Come hear the backstory of how the creators thought it was a good idea to explore the family dynamics of Chewbacca’s non-verbal Wookie family, how Bea Arthur didn’t even know the show was about Star Wars, and, of course, stories about Harrison Ford’s salty ass.

An Oral History of The Star Wars Holiday Special, 12.21.16