Monday night marks the beginning of Passover, when Jewish families get together for a Thanksgiving-like meal with extended family. But unlike Thanksgiving, Passover has no NFL football, Macy's Day parade, or Charlie Brown specials to watch and use as an excuse to ignore your family. But there are still plenty of Passover TV specials out there. We're here to break them down into the best of the best. When you want your family to stop kvetching, turn on these episodes to get in the spirit.
4. Gossip Girl
"No tradition is sacred," booms the trailer for the episode that revolves around a Passover seder. As with everything Gossip Girl, the episode is full of ridiculous upper-class drama and unintentional comedy from over-the-top acting. (If you haven't watched, Gossip Girl is like the proto-Scandal.) It's no classic, but there are some giggles. "I don't even know how to say half the words in this prayer-book that's named after Lieberman's wife," the mother says, citing Haggadah v. Hadassah.
3. 'Shalom' Sesame Street
These specially-made Shalom Sesame were a Sesame Street knockoff made to introduce kids to Judaism, and they are adorable. The songs aren't particularly good, but props to the mensch who came up with the "Les Matzarables" pun that is the basis for this song. But the best part? The episode of "Jerusalem Jones and the Lost Afikoman" from 1990 stars a young Sarah Jessica Parker. Dressed in Indiana Jones gear, she goes back in time to learn about Passover along with her creepy porcupine pal.
The show was a go-to for Jewish day schools when teachers didn't actually feel like doing anything in the days before the holiday. One warning, though: Do not watch this late at night. That porcupine still gives me nightmares.