Are you a Star Wars Fan on the Go? Get your Star Wars Fix with the Star Wars Radio Dramas!

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Are you a fan of Star Wars but can’t always sit around and watch the films? Well you can do one of two things, you could rip the audio from the films as I have done or you could listen to the Star Wars Radio Dramas to get your fix.

NPR Star Wars Radio Series promotional poster

NPR Star Wars Radio Series promotional poster

In 1981 the first installment of the series was recorded and aired on National Public Radio (NPR). Star Wars a New Hope was made up of 13 parts to equal a total of just under 6 hours of audio. As you can tell by the length of the drama there is a lot more story than just what is seen in the movies. Now for anyone who is worried that the original saga stories aren’t represented correctly they are, in fact there is so much more story that I wish some of the acts were in the actual films. This series is not just a bunch of actors reading a script either, there is ambient background sounds & John williams scores adding to magic. Some well known named actors also contributed to the series like that guy with the blonde hair, what’s his name, oh Mark Hamill. Perry King does a great Han Solo capturing the bravado and charm and Bernard Behrens does a Obi Wan as well as Sir Alec Guinness, well close.

In 1983 Empire Strikes back was aired on NPR again with a even bigger cast of well known actors. Anthony Daniels and Mark Hamill return as Luke and C3-P0 and added to the cast were the ever so smooth Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian and John Lithgow as the riddle speaking Yoda. Empire was a 10 part drama that ran just over 4 hours and as well as A New Hope it also had extra scenes. My favorite scene from Empire is a banter between Luke and Han as they are held up in the emergency tent after Han finds Luke lying unconscious in the snowy desert of Hoth, you know the scene with the Tauntaun.

The final drama in the series, Jedi was delayed until 1996 and was a 6 part series. Of the three dramas if I had to choose this would be my least favorite. unlike the first two Mark Hamill does not portray Luke but instead was replaced by Joshua Fardon & Arye Gross voiced the part of Lando. Other additions to the drama were Ed Begley Jr who voiced the feared bounty hunter Boba Fett, and Ed Asner as the crime lord Jabba the Hutt. The Ewoks still play their part but I am unsure if they had eyes that would blink.

So if you like Star Wars or audio books I would suggest giving these a try.For me nothing can beat the magic that George Lucas created with the films but these dramas definitely serve as a good runner up.


4 Responses to Are you a Star Wars Fan on the Go? Get your Star Wars Fix with the Star Wars Radio Dramas!

  1. Cosmic Joker says:

    You know, it may not have been obvious back when he played the part, but today John Lithgow does resemble Yoda.

  2. sjgeek89 says:

    @cosmic Joker I think its the eyes.

  3. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Listened to the first two SW radio dramas on long bus rides between cities, years ago, and the sheer talent involved in every aspect of these productions stoked the embers of my initial 1977 sci-fi/space opera excitement.

    I mean, it’s like uber-Star Wars, where the imagination fills in the visuals thanks to the great sound effects, as you mentioned, sjgeek.

    Made me tremendously happy, in ways I didn’t think possible after years of jaded reminiscences of galactic nostalgia.

    The best part of all the half-hearted prequel movies was getting to relive my SW childhood via discovering these radio dramas.

    Highly recommended.

  4. mwentworth says:

    I forgot all about these, thanks for posting!!

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