On this day: the Star Wars Holiday Special

starwarshsnotorious-for-its-terrible-reviews-and-reception-and-one-of-the-first-spinoffs-of-the-star-wars-franchise-the-star-wars-holiday-special-premiered-on-the-17th-of-november-1978

Notorious for its terrible reviews and reception, and one of the first spinoffs of the Star Wars franchise, The Star Wars Holiday Special premiered on the 17th of November, 1978.

 harrison-ford-anthony-daniels-carrie-fisher-mark-hamill-kenny-baker-and-peter-mayhew-in-the-star-wars-holiday-special-1978

In the special, Chewbacca and Han Solo visit Chewbacca’s home world, Kashyyyk, to celebrate Life Day.

 notorious-for-its-terrible-reviews-and-reception-and-one-of-the-first-spinoffs-of-the-star-wars-franchise-the-star-wars-holiday-special-premiered-on-the-17th-of-november-1978-leiaand3po

Perhaps because of the negative reception, the Holiday Special has never again been rebroadcast, and was not made available on video.

bea-arthur-in-the-star-wars-holiday-special-1978

Today it is only available as a bootleg copy, and its IMDB rating sits at 2.4 stars out of ten.