36 Years Ago Today the “Star Wars Holiday Special” Aired for the First and Last Time: A Ted Forth Celebration
Thirty-six years ago today—on November 17, 1978—the Star Wars Holiday Special aired for the very first and very last time. And while a single episode of Seinfeld managed to make a throwaway joke into the now almost universally-recognized celebration of Festivus, a two-hour special spin-off of the then most popular movie of all time failed to get even the most diehard fan to warble Carrie Fisher’s stoned carol in celebration of Life Day.
That is, except for one man.
For the past several years. every Friday right after Thanksgiving, Ted Forth has gathered friends and family around the TV to watch his bootleg copy of the Star Wars Holiday Special. Yes, Ted knows it is bad. Yes, Ted realizes the only saving grace is the Boba Fett cartoon, and that really is just in comparison to the rest of the televised debacle. Yes, Ted knows the entire special was written by Bruce Vilanch, the man responsible for The Donny & Marie Show, The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, and every time you threw your shoe whenever a scripted joke was made during an Oscar telecast.
But despite all that, despite even the prequels and George Lucas himself, Ted Forth still believes in the magic of Star Wars. So sit back, relax, and watch Ted watch the Star Wars Holiday Special again and again over the years.