10 years ago, ‘Family Guy’ delivered the ultimate ‘Star Wars’ parody with ‘Blue Harvest’

There are broad "Star Wars" parodies, and then there are insider-y "Star Wars" parodies, and then there's a near-perfect mix of the two: The "Family Guy" episode "Blue Harvest," which aired 10 years ago today. According to the DVD's bonus features, the project came about when Lucasfilm approved all of "Family Guy's" "Star Wars" parodies and Seth MacFarlane and company figured why not ask if they could do a whole episode?

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Seth MacFarlane probably had the idea for "Blue Harvest" kicking around in his head for a while, and when it became an actual episode of "Family Guy" in 2007, he probably thought, "Wow, we really did a 'Family Guy' 'Star Wars' parody." Some of the giddy excitement was still intact for the "Empire Strikes Back"-themed sequel, "Something, Something, Something Dark Side" (2009), but all the fun is gone for the "Return of the Jedi" parody, "It's a Trap!"

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After watching "Family Guy's" "Star Wars" parody in 2007, I had "Time of My Life" stuck in my head. After watching its "Empire Strikes Back" parody, which hit DVD on Tuesday, I have that old Juicy Fruit commercial jingle stuck in my head. That right there is an improvement.

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