A long, long time ago—Nov. 17, 1978, to be exact—in a television galaxy far, far away (one that only had three major networks), Star Wars unleashed what would become its single most embarrassing artifact upon 13 million unsuspecting CBS Friday night viewers. More embarrassing, even, than the title The Force Awakens. It was the Star Wars Holiday Special, the subject of this week's Throwback Thursday.
Forget Jar Jar Binks, the rest of The Phantom Menace, Princess Leia making out with her brother Luke in The Empire Strikes Back, and the immortal Revenge of the Sith line "Hold me, like you did by the lake on Naboo!" None of those ignominious Star Wars moments can compare to this debacle, which aired only once.