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Uncle Barky's Countdown to Christmas -- Episode 1

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Perhaps you’ve heard. A new Star Wars movie is coming out this week.

The attendant commercialism seems crasser than ever. But wait, the original 1977 film led to the worst excess of all -- CBS’ Nov. 17, 1978 presentation of The Star Wars Holiday Special.

Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher were all willing participants in what still ranks as possibly the all-time dumbest idea in pop culture history. Not only that, it had the temerity to preempt episodes of Wonder Woman and The Incredible Hulk.

Here’s CBS’ introduction of the two-hour Star Wars Holiday Special, which also included guest appearances by Bea Arthur, Art Carney, Diahann Carroll, Harvey Korman and Jefferson Starship. We’ll continue Uncle Barky’s annual Countdown to Christmas on each weekday until the big day is here. Even if it’s nigh unto impossible to top this.

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