On May 4th, Return to a Galaxy Far, Far Away on TBS

For the first time in more than two decades, the first six Star Wars films will be broadcast on TBS television, running all day on May 4th. Read on for more details.


Last year Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. inked the cable rights deal for the complete Star Wars saga, including all the movies that haven’t even been made yet. The multi-year licensing agreements with Disney and 20th Century Fox gave TNT and TBS the rights to air every film from the original 77′ Star Wars blockbuster to latest Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.



This week you’ll be able to watch the first six Star Wars films from the comfort of your own couch. TBS will present the films chronologically starting with Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and ending with Return of the Jedi. The marathon will air with limited commercial interruption.


Celebrate Star Wars Day on TBS – Thursday, May 4

6:40 a.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
9:25 a.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
12:20 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
3:10 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: A New Hope
5:40 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
8:15 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: Return of the Jedi



But there’s a catch. It’s good bet that Turner won’t be screening the unaltered versions of the original trilogy of films this go around. Instead, fans will once again be getting the 1997/2011 re-mastered Special Edition versions. Still, it’s wonderful to experience the heroic action and unforgettable adventures of Star Wars on television with the entire family.


Check out the promo for Star Wars on TBS





“It is your destiny”


Source: Deadline



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11 thoughts on “On May 4th, Return to a Galaxy Far, Far Away on TBS

  • May 3, 2017 at 5:35 am

    Wish they were showing the UNALTERED versions of the Original Trilogy — now I won’t be tuning in……..

    • May 3, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      There was zero chance of that happening and this article was silly to even mention it, honestly.

    • May 3, 2017 at 6:34 pm

      There must still be plenty of VHS copies laying around which could presumably be converted to a digital format. I think I still have a recorded from the TV version of ROTJ in my loft recorded about 30 years ago. Actually I just checked ebay and quickly found an early 80’s copy of TESB on sale for £20.

  • May 3, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    We have a Family Feud Star Wars special to look forward to tomorrow here in Australia.

  • May 3, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    the first time in more than two decades… yeah, i remember sitting on my couch in 1997, watching Revenge of the Sith on TV… great memories

    • May 3, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      lol, maybe they mean TBS specifically. Because Spike was playing Star Wars CONSTANTLY for quite awhile until the buyout. They’re also on TNT all day on May 4th as well.

  • May 3, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    And nothing feeds my Star Wars hunger like Star Wars……..with commercial breaks.

  • May 3, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    That’s not a Star Wars promo – THIS is a Star Wars promo
    This one is more likely to give you goosebumps 🙂

  • May 3, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    I’ll be marathoning SWs tomorrow. But not in release order. I actually do prefer Machete Order. Regardless of my distaste for the prequels, I do consider them canon and a part of the Saga: the fall of Anakin and the rise of Luke.

    The Machete order for those who don’t know is originally episodes: 4,5,2,3,6

    Because, in terms of the movies, Luke Skywalker has always been the focus of SWs. GL, much as I respect him, is full of BS when he claimed once it wasn’t. What was the point of the movie, then?

    The Machete order does a lot to maintain that aspect as it treats the Prequels like extended flashbacks. Personally, I am planning to add a spicy touch to this order in light of some new movies that have come out.

    My Machete Order: Rogue One, ANH,ESB,TPM,ATC,ROTS,ROTJ, and possibly TFA?

    Rogue One did impress me a lot as a movie and even after rewatching it, flaws and all, I still love it and enhances ANH so much. TPM, I argue you could do without it, but I am going to try to get through it. ATC is going to suck because that movie is horrendous, but ROTS and ROTJ are two of my favorite films and I’ll happily sit down and watch those any day of the week.

    TFA, I’ll see how it goes, but really given how I’m not the biggest fan and the degree of separation, I’ll hold off. Maybe, TLJ will change my mind?

    • May 4, 2017 at 3:22 am

      I actually dig the machete order. Normally, on the rare occasion when I actually watch all the films, I go the 4-5-6-1-2-3 route. I’m not Prequel lover, but I’m not the biggest Prequel hater either, but watching the films in numerical order never quite felt right to me. On the even rarer instance when I introduce someone to the franchise, I go this route as well. Anakin’s story is much more interesting when you know where it’s going.

      That all being said, I was pretty leery of the machete order when the concept first started making the rounds. But I like it. It’s clever and introduces a pretty new movie watching experience.

      I liked TFA, but it’s an easy movie to slot into the sequence. Rogue One is a totally different thing. I still can’t settle on where I want it placed.

      • May 4, 2017 at 5:11 am

        It is a good order, as you stated, because it keeps the flashback stuff. But I like Machete because, I found it does that a lot better. Because, while Anakin’s story is being told, I always pictured Luke finishing his training and Yoda informing him about it.

        Hence, his rationale for wanting to redeem him formulates in his mind. TFA, I just find incomplete. I don’t hate it as I find it a mixed bag. I’ll take it over the PT any day, but especially compared to RO, I really cannot accept it.

        I have a strong urge that TLJ will change my mind because Rian Johnson is an amazing director, and Abrams is not involved. But I digress.

        Rogue One, I argue can be sloted either before ANH or potentially, actually between ANH and ESB. I could see the movie being a flashback in of itself. I prefer before ANH, because it sets up the Empire and the state of the galaxy and really transitions into Luke’s story.

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