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Star Wars is an American epic space-opera media franchise created by George Lucas. The franchise began with the eponymous 1977 film and quickly became a worldwide pop-culture phenomenon. The original film, later subtitled Episode IV - A New Hope, was followed by the sequels Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), forming what is collectively referred to as the original trilogy. A prequel trilogy was later released, consisting of Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) and Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005). Ten years later, a sequel trilogy began with Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), continued with Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017), and will conclude with Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019). The first eight films were nominated for Academy Awards (with wins going to the first two released) and were commercially successful. Together with the theatrical anthology films Rogue One (2016) and Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), the combined box office revenue of the films equates to over US$9 billion, and is currently the second-highest-grossing film franchise.

The film series was expanded into other media, including television series, video games, novels, comic books, theme park attractions and themed areas, resulting in an all-encompassing fictional universe. In 2012, Lucas sold his company to Disney, and in 2014, most existing spin-off media was made non-canon and rebranded as "Star Wars Legends". The episodic 'Skywalker saga' and the TV series The Clone Wars (2008-2014) define the canon, along with most other works released after April 2014, though a few Legends-universe media are still released, and some Legends characters are sometimes re-introduced into the canon, for example the titular character from Timothy Zahn's Thrawn trilogy of novels. The franchise holds a Guinness World Records title for the "Most successful film merchandising franchise." In 2018, the total value of the Star Wars franchise was estimated at US$65billion, and it is currently the fifth-highest-grossing media franchise of all-time.

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"Something, Something, Something, Dark Side" is the 20th episode of the eighth season of the animated comedy series Family Guy and part of the series' trilogy Laugh It Up, Fuzzball. This was produced for Season 6. It originally aired on Fox in the United States on May 23, 2010. The episode is a retelling and parody of the film Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, recasting characters from Family Guy into roles from the film. Prior to the television broadcast, it was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on December 22, 2009, in Region 1; on December 26, 2009, in Region 2; and on December 23, 2009, in Region 4. The episode was written by Kirker Butler and directed by Dominic Polcino. It received high praise from critics for its accurate depiction of the original film, as well as its inclusion of many cultural references. According to Nielsen ratings, it was viewed in 6.13 million homes in its original airing. The episode featured guest performances by Jon Benjamin, John Bunnell, James Caan, Jackson Douglas, Joe Flaherty, James Greene, Phil LaMarr, Kevin Michael Richardson, George Rogan and James Woods, along with several recurring guest voice actors for the series.

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President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Marian Robinson welcome children from Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia schools for Halloween festivities at the North Portico of the White House (with Chewbacca and Imperial Stormtrooper), Oct. 31, 2009. This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.
Credit: Pete Souza

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Marian Robinson welcome children (with Chewbacca and Imperial Stormtrooper) from Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia schools for Halloween festivities at the North Portico of the White House on October 31, 2009.

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Fear. Fear attracts the fearful. The strong. The weak. The innocent. The corrupt. Fear. Fear is my ally.
-- Darth Maul, The Phantom Menace promotional clip


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George Lucas in 2009
George Walton Lucas, Jr.
B. May 14, 1944

George Lucas is an American film producer, screenwriter, director, and entrepreneur. He founded Lucasfilm Limited and led the company as chairman and chief executive before selling it to The Walt Disney Company on October 30, 2012. He is best known as the creator of the space opera franchise Star Wars and the archaeologist-adventurer character Indiana Jones. Lucas is one of the American film industry's most financially successful filmmakers.

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Tusken Raiders are fictional creatures in the Star Wars universe. They are characterized as a nomadic warrior race that lives on the planet Tatooine. Tusken Raiders first appear in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope when a pack of them attack Luke Skywalker in the Jundland Wastes and knock him unconscious. Just as they are about to carry him away, however, Obi-Wan Kenobi frightens them off and rescues Luke. They make a brief cameo in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace taking pot shots at the Pod Race drivers. They make another appearance in the Star Wars universe in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, set 22 years before A New Hope; in this film, they have kidnapped Anakin Skywalker's mother, Shmi, and tortured her for a month. Anakin eventually finds her, but it is too late; she is mortally injured and dies in his arms. Seized by a violent rage, Anakin slaughters the entire tribe, including the women and children.

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I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
The Clone Wars (2008)
III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Solo (2018)

Rebels (2014)
Rogue One (2016)
IV: A New Hope (1977)
V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)


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