It is the time of year when holiday movies, TV shows, and music is all around us. Hell, it has been around since August. The problem is, usually, Christmas is the holiday du jour. Hanukkah or Chanukah gets very little recognition. I’ve gathered some of the most popular Hanukkah television episodes to satisfy you this holiday season.

Now I mentioned both Hanukkah and Chanukah. If you are like me, you may not know the difference, or maybe you haven’t heard about one or the other. Worry not. I’m here to help! Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights that lasts eight days. It commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem. So on each of the eight days of this particular time, a candle is lit on the menorah.

So what is Chanukah? Simply put, it is Hanukkah. The name has changed through translation from the Hebrew spoken and written language to the Latin alphabet and sounds. There are actually more than twenty variations of the holiday name.

Did I find some episodes with Hanukkah being overlooked during the holiday season? Yes. Yes, I did. Let me tell you about them. Here we go!

Do you remember the show The Nanny? For those who don’t, back in the 90s, Fran Drescher starred in this show as a nanny from Flushings, New York. She worked for the Sheffield family, helping to raise the kids. Fran is Jewish (I think in both real life and the show), and she and her mother taught Mr. Sheffield’s kids all about Hanukkah.

Even Stevens also had a Hanukkah episode. Louis stole the Hanukkah presents and had to learn about family. He went through something much like the It’s A Wonderful Life idea.

The OC had an episode that combined the holidays of Hanukkah and Christmas. It sounds like an exciting concept. What do you think?

Even the Rugrats have an episode. It might be an excellent way to help your kids explore the holiday in a way that they will be entertained while learning.

I know there aren’t many episodes, but at least there are some. Did I miss any of your favorite episodes? Please let me know in the comments. I would love to know. Until next time, have fun storming the castle!