Star Wars Holiday SpecialThe Star Wars Holiday Special was broadcast in 1978 on CBS. In it, Chewbacca and Han Solo visit Kashyyyk, Chewbacca's homeworld, to celebrate Life Day. Along the way, they are pursued by agents of the Galactic Empire who are searching for rebels on the planet. The special introduces three members of Chewbacca's family: his father, Itchy, his wife, Malla, and his son Lumpy. Later Star Wars novels would also feature these characters, notably Michael Kube-McDowell's Black Fleet Crisis trilogy.
For the most part, however, the plot serves as little more than a means to string together a series of musical numbers, celebrity cameos, and other variety-show acts. These include songs by such '70s talents as Jefferson Starship, Diahann Carroll, and Bea Arthur. One notable segment is an animated cartoon featuring the debut of Boba Fett.
The Star Wars Holiday Special is largely reviled by Star Wars fans for its meager plot and low production values. However, it continues to be sold and traded as a bootleg video, and many Star Wars fans have a copy in their collection. George Lucas, who wrote the basic story for the special but otherwise had very little to do with it, reportedly said that if he had his way, he would destroy every copy.