#TBT: Sorry Jar Jar, the Star Wars Holiday Special Is George Lucas's Most Embarrassing Creation Ever

So bad it's bad

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.