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The Best New Year’s Eve TV Episodes and Where to Watch Them

The Best New Year’s Eve TV Episodes and Where to Watch Them

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This year’s New Year’s Eve falls on a Sunday, which means before you get dressed up and head out to celebrate — whether it’s at a fancy party with strangers or on the couch with your friends — you’ll have all weekend to sit back, relax and enjoy some of television’s best episodes.

Unfortunately, most TV shows don’t capitalize on the fun of NYE as they should. Thankfully, however, a few of our favorite sitcoms have captured what the day and night is all about.

The Office – “Ultimatum”

Where to Watch: Peacock

This hilarious episode follows Michael try to keep his cool as Holly Flax, aka the love of his life, returns from the holiday break without an engagement ring despite her ultimatum. Meanwhile, Pam tries to get the rest of the office to commit to a New Year’s resolutions and the ideas they come up with are… inspirational. You might get some good ideas for your own resolutions.

Friends – “The One With All the Resolutions”

Where to Watch: HBO Max

Also known as “The One With Ross’s Leather Pants.” The friends try their best to stick to resolutions, but of course, Chandler can’t not make jokes about everyone, Rachel doesn’t know how to keep a secret, and Ross runs into some trouble with his pants.

Seinfeld – “The Millennium”

Where to Watch: Netflix

The turn of the century was a big time for everyone. What would happen when the calendar changed to the 2000s? Would the computers take over? What sort of gadgets would go out of style? These questions were consuming everyone’s mind — except for Kramer and Newman. Instead, the two friends were focused primarily on having the best millennium party, or the “Newmannium” in Newman’s mind.

Modern Family – “New Year’s Eve”

Where to Watch: Hulu

The beauty of Modern Family is that there’s something for every audience member in every episode, including the New Year’s Eve special. Whether you want to see a romantic NYE plan, an unexpected or spontaneous adventure, or a quiet night in, this heartfelt episode will remind you that while we all may ring in the New Year differently, the important thing is that we have each other.

30 Rock – “Klaus and Greta”

Where to Watch: Netflix

The 30 Rock gang is in full crisis mode as every single person is trying to solve the problems that stemmed for New Year’s Eve. Tracy thinks his wife’s pregnant with a girl, Jack and Kenneth try to erase an embarrassing phone message he left on New Year’s Eve, Liz’s cousin visits after she outs him and Jenna agrees to a publicity stunt that involves dating James Franco.

Friends – “The Routine”

Where to Watch: HBO Max

You didn’t think we’d make a NYE TV episode list with “The Routine,” did you? The iconic episode follows Joey and his current roommate/crush Janine, and Ross and Monica as extras on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” Joey tries to flirt with Janine, but the stars of this episode are the Gellar siblings, who perform their childhood “routine” to get the spotlight on them.

That ’70s Show – “That ’70s Finale”

Where to Watch: Peacock

On the last day of the 1970s, Kitty and Red are packing up to move to Florida, Donna is off to college, and Jackie finally realizes she loves Fez. It‘s a momentous time in the show, made even more special by the return of Ashton Kutcher. As the gang gathers one final time in the basement for a New Year‘s party, we‘re reminded of our own memories with friends, gathering together to make some ridiculous memories that will last a lifetime. 

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