According to Wikipedia,
- The Star Wars Holiday Special was ranked at #3 in “The Five Goofiest Moments Of The Star Wars Mythos”, in the 62nd issue of UK’s Star Wars Magazine.
- TV Guide ranked this special at number 11 on their “25 Most Hilarious Holiday TV Moments”, mentioning that it was “unintentionally hilarious”.
- TV Guide and TV Land ranked The Star Wars Holiday Special at number 59 on their “Top 100 Unexpected Television Moments” in a five part special that aired from December 5 until December 9 in 2005.
- In a 2008 online poll on Christmas specials by the Paley Center for Media, The Star Wars Holiday Special was selected by 59% of the voters (who selected 5 titles each).[clarification needed] It beat out A Charlie Brown Christmas (34.6%), How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (31.3%), and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (28.4%), among others.
Hated by Christmas special enthusiasts, Star Wars fans, and George Lucas himself, The Star Wars Holiday Special might be the most vilified Christmas special ever broadcast on North American television. It’s a special that so bad, even the author of the highly popular Webcomic XKCD sees it as possibly the worst of the worst in terms of modern entertainment.
And we’re considering showing it every day during the Holiday season starting the week of December 19
without first asking permission from the rights holders! Strike that. We’ll first ask for permission from the rights holders if we can locate them. There’s no need to be hasty, or nasty.
Let’s face it. It’s highly doubtful that this horrendous Christmas special will ever be legitimately released to the general public any time soon. Even the people responsible for its production might deny ever having anything to do with it despite having their names in the credits.
And yet, we can’t deny that this feature actually exists. In fact, it’s vitally important that future generations be made aware of this travesty, otherwise they might produce their own Sci-Fi based Christmas special and achieve the same results! A Star Trek Holiday Special? A Babylon 5 Christmas Special? A Battlestar Galactica New Year’s Cylon Extravaganza? Yikes!
The only science fiction based Christmas specials that seem to work are the ones produced by the current Doctor Who franchise, and it might be best to leave it at that. If any other science fiction series tries to produce their own Christmas special with plenty of indecipherable song and dance and a cast of aging actors, we might as well start holding a competition for the year’s worst Sci-Fi Christmas special!
So what do you think? Should we broadcast The Star Wars Holiday Special as a warning to future generations? Or should we put something else on the air so as not to offend lovers of Christmas, fans of Star Wars, or the original rights holders who will probably never release this horrendous Christmas special in their lifetime?