Star Wars has been an integral part of pop culture since it first debuted in 1977. Since then, it’s gathered one of the largest and most devoted fandoms in history, which led us to the inevitable: the birth of a billion parodies. Everyone from Weird Al to your friend down the hall with his own YouTube channel has produced something in the realm of a Star Wars imitation. It’s bound to happen when something becomes this popular, with virtually every major comedian from the last 40 years trying their hand at a parody of their own.
At this point, we’ve pretty much seen it all. From rousing successes to full-on failures, there’s little that hasn’t been tried yet, something that’s both a testament to the popularity of the franchise, and to its pervasiveness in pop culture. People who haven’t even seen the movies have found themselves exposed to a parody or three along the way. Today, we’re here to highlight the best of the best: the ones that truly set themselves apart from the pack.
1. Weird Al Yankovic’s “The Saga Begins”
This one dates all the way back to the release of The Phantom Menace in 1999, during the peak years of Weird Al’s popularity as a parody master. Set to the tune of Don McLean’s “American Pie,” it runs us through a five-minute comedy journey of Episode I, highlighting the more ridiculous aspects of a film that hasn’t aged well in hindsight. Weird Al has always had a knack for balancing mockery with sincerity, and “The Saga Begins” is some of his best ever work at walking that line.