I was like five years old when I first saw Hardware Wars. HBO used to run shorts to eat up time between features and I just caught the last minute of it. At first I thought it was a real film. I didn’t know what parody was at the time. I did, however, know what Star Wars was and I remember being slightly confused about this “obvious” knock-off of my favorite movie.

But I also remember finding the whole idea to be the funniest thing I’d ever seen — and that was the beginning of my love affair with parody.

For weeks I’d constantly switch the TV channels back-and-forth between whatever I was watching and HBO to try to catch it again, but every time I did, I never caught the beginning. It wasn’t until like thirty years later that I discovered it, by chance, on the Internet, and finally got to watch it start to finish.

To do this day, it remains my favorite parody.

Watch Hardware Wars now on The SCREW Channel. Click here to add it to your Roku now (if you haven’t done so already). It’s free to add.

—P.