Watch the entire Star Wars Holiday Special on YouTube - VIDEO
Unfortunately, it stunk. It stunk so bad that, according to IMDb, George Lucas tried to buy up all master copies of the show so it would never be shown again. And it hasn't; its only broadcast was on 11/17/78. It's never been released on home video, either. Bootlegs of the show have been floating around for decades, but have been hard to find.
But now, thanks to our old friend YouTube, you can now watch the entire special, which has been broken up into 10 parts. Part one is after the jump; click here to go to the YouTube page for it, where you'll see the other parts in the "Related" section.
Some quick info on it: It was a two-hour special built around the battle to get Chewbacca back to his Wookie family in time for Life Day. Most of the original movie's principal actors -- Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford -- appeared on the show briefly, but it was mostly about Chewie. There were also guest stars, including Bea Arthur, Art Carney, Harvey Korman, and Diahann Carroll. There was comedy, music -- Princess Leia sings! Jefferson Starship rocks out! -- and even a Boba Fett cartoon.
Boy, networks -- especially ABC -- created variety shows out of everything in those days, didn't they? First it was The Brady Bunch, then Star Wars. Is there a Barney Miller Skating Spectacular floating around that I don't know about?
(UPDATE: Looks like Lucas' thugs got to YouTube; the videos have been taken down.)