The ‘Star Wars Holiday Special’ you don’t want to watch
The Star Wars Holiday Special was only shown once in the US. The two hour show aired just before Thanksgiving in 1978, and told the story of A New Hope's Chewbacca and his family on “life day,” an invented celebration of friendship and general niceness. The Holiday Special was designed to keep Star Wars in the minds of the toy-buying populace as audiences waited for The Empire Strikes Back. It was so excruciating that George Lucas once said if he had time, he'd like to smash every copy left in the world with a sledgehammer.
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