Thursday, December 02, 2004

Least Successful Christmas Specials

Via Instapundit comes this link to John Scalzi's list of the 10 Least Successful Christmas Specials of All Time. Including such memorable TV moments as "Ayn Rand's A Selfish Christmas" (1951) and "The Village People in Can't Stop the Christmas Music -- On Ice!" (1980).

Okay, funny stuff. But as many of the commenters point out, all of them sound better than the "Star Wars Holiday Special," which aired November 17, 1978, and was never seen again. The existence of this television travesty is surrounded by a fog of myth and rumor. Some doubt that such a program ever aired. And when you consider that along with the main cast of "Star Wars," the program featured Bea Arthur, Art Carney, Diahann Carroll and Jefferson Starship (We built this planet on rock and roll), and Harvey Korman as a sort of alien Julia Child in a dress, instructing Chewbacca's wife on how to cook dinner for the Life Day celebration, . . . it just doesn't seem possible. No, it's too ridiculous. Who would film such a thing let alone air it?

But it exists. Or it existed. Rumor has it that George Lucas has managed to round up every single copy of this piece of broadcast excrement, and now that all evidence has been buried in a secret landfill somewhere on the Skywalker Ranch, he has plausible deniability.

But don't tell George this: you download video and audio clips right here. (Hat tip: SciFiDaily)

(Real "Star Wars" geeks know that it features the very first appearance of Boba Fett. I'm more of a Trek geek myself.)


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