When it comes to holiday TV specials, shows about Hanukah aren’t the first thing that spring to mind. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some truly classic TV moments about the festival of lights. Here’s our list of the top five.
A Colbert Christmas
Sure, it’s technically a Christmas special. But then Jon Stewart stops by to educate his friend Stephen about the magic of Hanukkah. The ensuing duet is filled with a brilliant mix of self-deprecation on Stewart’s part and over-the-top arrogance and ignorance from Colbert. Not to be missed.
Friends: The Holiday Armadillo
Who could forget this classic? Ross wants to get his son, Ben, excited about Hanukkah. He tries to dress up as Santa, thinking that if Santa explains what Hanukkah is, Ben will get as excited for it as he does for Christmas. Only problem is Ross can’t find a Santa costume so close to Christmas. The only costume he can find is an armadillo. His friend, Chandler, however, is able to get a Santa outfit. What happens when Chandler shows up dressed as Santa, and potentially upstages Ross, is as touching as it is funny.
The O.C.: The Best Chrismukkah Ever
Determined to merge his Jewish and Christian heritage and help Ryan and his family have the holiday party of a lifetime, Seth invents the bi-religious holiday of Chrismukkah. The episode was hit and Chrismukkah became an annual tradition for the show.
Saturday Night Live: Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah Song
Not wanting to be left out at Christmas time, Adam Sandler writes a song about the eight crazy nights of Hanukkah and all the “Jews in showbiz.” Get out your yarmulke and celebrate Hanukkah with hilarious song.
Saturday Night Live: Hanukkah Harry Saves Christmas
It might seem like a bit much to include two Saturday Night Live sketches in one list, but for a show that’s been running for 30 years, you make exceptions. Though not as famous as Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah song, Jon Lovitz’s portrayal of Hanukkah Harry saving Christmas is madcap genius. On Moishe, on Hershel, on Shlomo!