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The best Star Wars TV moments

The best Star Wars TV moments

04/05/2016TV

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May the 4th be with you! Yes, it's Star Wars Day, the annual celebration when the kind of people who put “Jedi” in the religion box on the census form go around riffing on the date like they're the first to think of it. Well, if you can't beat them, join them ("or diiiiieee," as the Emperor might say).

Star Wars has made the transition from the big to the small screen on several occasions, initially with the horrific 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special. Even now there's still talk of a live-action TV series, first mooted as Star Wars: Underworld back in 2005, but Disney's new wave of movies has put it on the backburner. While we wait for that, let's make do with these classic Force-filled TV moments.

Star Wars Rebels (Darth Vader's first appearance)

Tucked in between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope (that's Star Wars proper to the uninitiated – assuming there are any uninitiated left now), Rebels hit the ground running in first full episode Spark of Rebellion when Darth Vader turned up as one of those holograms the Sith are so fond of. Confirmation that this was the real deal.

 

The Clone Wars (General Grievous vs the Gungans)

George Lucas's hell-bent need to fill in all the gaps in the Star Wars universe saw animated series The Clone Wars form a bridge between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In this startling scene, asthmatic robot scourge of the Jedis General Grievous faces up against perennial patsies the Gungans – and comes a cropper.

 

The Muppet Show (Luke, C-3PO and R2-D2 in Pigs In Space)

The relationship between Star Wars and the Muppets is deep and symbiotic. Leading Muppeteer Frank Oz played Yoda, of course, and stars from the movies put in a big Empire Strikes Back promotional appearance on The Muppet Show in 1980. Best bit – and most natural fit – was when Luke and robot chums joined the crew of Pigs In Space and found the flight deck looking a little like, um, a pig sty. Gonzo brings chicken-chasing gravitas to the role of Darth Vader. 

 

Star Wars: Droids (Opening titles)

Fans were sated in the barren years following 1983's The Return of the Jedi by cartoon adventures such as Star Wars: Droids, where C-3PO and R2-D2 went metallic toe to metallic toe with the likes of bounty hunter IG-88. But perhaps Droids' greatest triumph was roping in The Police's drummer Stewart Copeland to record the most 80s theme tune ever. It just needs Molly Ringwald playing Princess Leia.

 

Star Wars: Ewoks (Opening titles)

"We're the E-E-E-E-Ewoks/We're the spirits of the forest moon" – and there you go, that's the plot of Star Wars: Ewoks in an awfully catchy nutshell. Running simultaneously with Droids in 1985/86, Ewoks found the animated teddy bears dabbling in magic and mystery, locked in battle with a witch. It's not exactly canon.

 

Family Guy: Something Something Dark Side (Peter gets carbon-frozen)

Seth MacFarlane is as obsessed with Star Wars as any of us; only difference is, he gets a prime-time show to really geek out with. The loving Family Guy Star Wars spoofs are legendary in their own right now, and who can argue with this kind of high-brow fare? Peter Griffin pulls a carbonite moonie.

 

Robot Chicken: Star Wars (The Emperor loses his looks)

Those Family Guy Seths (Green and MacFarlane) and pals really got their teeth into the Star Wars franchise with three plastic sketch shows from 2007 to 2010, answering some of those burning questions from the original movies. Here we find out exactly how the Emperor felt when he got all wrinkly and stuff. Stick around to learn which orders preceded the fateful Order 66. 

 

The Simpsons (Luke, Be A Jedi Tonight)

Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill has rarely been shy about pushing the Star Wars brand. In 1998, he starred in The Simpsons episode Mayored To The Mob playing himself playing Nathan Detroit in Guys & Dolls playing Luke singing Luke, Be A Jedi Tonight. Look, it's no more confusing than trade blockades over Naboo.

 

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