To help you get into the holiday spirit, for the next 12 days, we'll provide you with one classic holiday TV clip. We've scoured through our archives and your comments on our story in which we asked you to name your favorite holiday episodes, and came up with a list of dazzling, heartwarming, and totally weird holiday clips. And instead of sharing the same ol' episodes we've all seen (don't get us wrong, we're totally down with some Festivus and Holiday Armadillo) we erred on the side of strange and obscure to keep things interesting.
Day 1: The Entire Star Wars Holiday Special from 1978
Every kid's fantasy came true in 1978 when the cast of Star Wars came together to make a holiday TV special. Whether it lived up to expectations is another matter. But there's no questioning that this trippy program is now a fascinating little time capsule. It aired on CBS on November 17, 1978, and featured silly guest appearances (like Bea Arthur, who you can see bartending at the cantina at 1:20:16), musical numbers, Wookie drama, and a cartoon with Boba Fett. So it does have its place in the Star Wars canon, since fan-favorite Boba made his debut here. And a highlight of this embedded video is that it was posted complete with the original commercials. Catch the previews for CBS's 1978 series: All in the Family! Dallas! And who could've remembered that so many union and pro-labor commercials were airing at that time? So for now put away those shiny new blu-ray discs and enjoy a lo-fi look at a galaxy far, far away...
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