This Actually Happened! The Star Wars 1978 Holiday Special! {Rare Video}

Via Chris Grosso
on Dec 18, 2012
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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away… this mess happened.

I could go into detail about the plot but honestly, it’s just something you need to see for yourself! The special was broadcast only once on Nov. 17th 1978 on CBS and never re-aired, nor was it ever officially released thereafter, and after viewing it, you’ll understand why.

It’s fun for the cheese factor and the complete randomness of special guest appearances including Bea Fucking Arthur, Art Carney and…Jefferson Starship?! Yup, that’s right. The one sort of cool thing is a cartoon included in which the iconic Bob Fett makes his first Star Wars appearance. It’s also fun to note that in interviews done over recent years, Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) admits to be coked out of her mind and barely remembers filming any of this special!

The Star Wars Holiday Special is available on Youtube in nine parts. I’ve provided Part I below with each video subsequently linking to the next. Whether you’re interest in Star Wars is rooted in mythology, it’s underlying Buddhist nature or you just dig it for what it is, I guarantee you will be thoroughly disappointed… but not necessarily in the worst way, with this Holiday Special.

Happy Life Day!

The Star Wars Holiday Special – Part I



> Here’s the full train-wreck. 

Ed: Kate B.

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About Chris Grosso

Chris Grosso is a public speaker, writer, recovering addict and spiritual director. He has spoken and performed at Wanderlust Festival, Yoga Journal Conference, Sedona World Wisdom Days, Kripalu, and more. Chris created the popular hub for all things alternative, independent, and spiritual with and continues the exploration with his books Everything Mind (Sounds True Publishing) and Indie Spiritualist (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster). Follow Chris on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.


2 Responses to “This Actually Happened! The Star Wars 1978 Holiday Special! {Rare Video}”

  1. There are parts that are hilariously bad, but the endless stretches of wookie dialogue…it just leaves you wondering how could anybody possibly have thought people would find this entertaining? My guess is that it wasn't just Carrie Fisher who was coked out of her mind.

  2. Chris Grosso says:

    I'm quite sure your guess is rather accurate 😉