Despite millions of Jewish people across the world (and thus, in front of television screens), there just aren’t that many specials celebrating this winter holiday. Compared to the massive catalogue of Christmas specials, trying to celebrate Hanukkah by watching TV and movies is actually really difficult. You have to truly comb through TV shows that feature Jewish characters and families to even find a reference to Hanukkah, and even then, there are even fewer full-on holiday specials out there.
Luckily, across Amazon Video, Hulu, Netflix, and Starz, we’ve managed to scrape together eight Hanukkah-themed specials for you to stream this year during the Festival of Lights. From classic, family-favorite cartoons to the world’s first (and only) “Jews-ploitation film,” this list is surprisingly wide-reaching in its storytelling and comedy.
If these eight Hanukkah specials aren’t enough to get you in the holiday spirit, the internet also has classic Hanukkah SNL sketches, such as Adam Sandler’s original version of his famous “The Hanukkah Song” and Jon Lovitz’s “Hanukkah Harry.” There are also several Hanukkah-themed TV episodes that aren’t available to stream, including offerings from The Nanny and Disney Channel’s Even Stevens. But for the easiest way to watch some Jewish holiday specials this December, check out these TV episodes and movies:
An American Tail (Amazon Video, free with Starz subscription)
Eight Crazy Nights (Amazon Video, costs $3.99 to rent)
The Hebrew Hammer (Amazon Prime)
Little Fockers (Amazon Video, costs $3.99 to rent)
The Goldbergs, “A Christmas Story”
The O.C., “The Best Chismukkah Ever”
Rugrats, “Rugrats Chanukah”
Friends, “The One With the Holiday Armadillo”