Television network TBS is known for syndicating older shows and movies, as well as airing marathons, including Star Wars. To celebrate May 4, a date known around the world as Star Wars Day due to its punning association to the line “May the force be with you,” the network will air all six Lucas Films back to back on that very date.
The marathon starts at 6:40 am, airing in the opposite order of release, with the prequel trilogy airing first, starting with the Phantom Menace. Running a total of 16 hours, the saga closes with an 8:15 p.m. telecast of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
Fans can experience their favorite, and least favorite, installments into the franchise with limited commercial interruption. TBS plans to make the marathon an annual televised tradition, taking place every year on May 4th, similar to their 24 hours of A Christmas Story.
The marathon is only possible a huge licensing deal between Turner, Walt Disney and Fox last September, which granted TBS and TNT exclusive rights to the original six films. Alongside that, the network landed the deal for the TV rights to all the recent and upcoming Star Wars films (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rogue One, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and any following installments).
It’s uncertain where the recent films will fall into the future for the May the 4th marathons, but the exact schedule for this years is listed below.
May 4 schedule (times ET/PT):
6:40 a.m. — Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
9:25 a.m. — Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
12:20 p.m. — Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
3:10 p.m. — Star Wars: A New Hope
5:40 p.m. — Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
8:15 p.m. — Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
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