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We Raise a Glass to Our Favorite New Year's Episodes

by David Hofstede, posted Dec 31st 2009 10:30AM

New Year's Eve episodes have never been as plentiful as those about Christmas. Television writers, it seems, figure most viewers would rather be out sipping champagne and kissing strangers on December 31 than watching TV.

But a few of these holiday-themed gems were made, and they're a great way to get ready for your midnight celebration. Here are some of the best.
New Year's Eve episodes have never been as plentiful as those about Christmas. Television writers, it seems, figure most viewers would rather be out sipping champagne and kissing strangers on December 31 than watching TV.

But a few of these holiday-themed gems were made, and they're a great way to get ready for your midnight celebration. Here are some of the best:

Patty Duke Show'The Patty Duke Show'
('Auld Lang Syne')
Foreign correspondent Martin Lane is fired by his newspaper, much to the chagrin of his daughter Cathy and her "identical cousin," Patty. It won't be a happy new year in the Lane's Brooklyn Heights household unless the cousins can get Martin's job back through one of Patty's creative schemes.

'The Lucy Show' ('Chris's New Year's Eve Party')
Teenager Chris doesn't want her mom hanging around her New Year's Eve party. But when the party bombs, it's Lucy to the rescue. This episode features one of 'The Lucy Show''s most memorable scenes, in which Lucille Ball brilliantly performs a silent movie sketch as Charlie Chaplin.


'Laverne and Shirley'
('New Year's Eve 1960')
It's another miserable New Year's Eve in Milwaukee, as Laverne is stood up by her date and Shirley is stuck on the couch with a cold. Leave it to Lenny to liven things up, when he attempts to perform his unique version of a "human fly" act.

'Designing Women' ('New Year's Daze')
While Suzanne's senior citizen date falls asleep long before midnight, Charlene's date doesn't show up at all. Perhaps the police APB out for his arrest may have been a factor. That's what she deserves, it seems, for going out with a guy named Shadow. Before the evening ends, however, Charlene's faith in human nature is restored.


'Friends'
('The One With the Routine')
Thanks to Joey's roommate (played by supermodel Elle MacPherson), Ross and Monica are invited to dance on 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve'. The siblings decide this is the perfect opportunity to break out their famous dance routine, resulting in a classic 'Friends' moment.


'The OC' ('The Countdown')
What's the appropriate response when someone says "I love you"? It's probably not "thank you," as Ryan finds out after Marissa professes her feelings on New Year's Eve. As the clock ticks down to midnight, Ryan races to find her to make amends. Will he get to kiss her in time? The final scene, recently referenced in an episode of 'Chuck,' is set to Finn Quayle and William Orbit's song 'Dice.'

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