If you’re chilling at home this New Year’s Eve, you’ve got only a few hours left to catch up on a few of the best movies and TV episodes that epitomize new beginnings. Well, that it is if you consider acquiring a pet monkey and having a stacked cast with a poor plotline the definition of new beginnings.
This mixed collection of 10 movies and episodes is bound to at least get you laughing into the new year, even if it’s just laughing in absurdity at the fact that such a terrible movie grossed so well. And no, I don’t have any pent-up anger towards the hit movie, New Year’s Eve.
Though most people know about Ross’s monkey, Marcel, not everyone knows that his very first appearance was in Season 1 during this New Year’s Eve-themed episode. For Monica’s New Year’s Eve party, Chandler asks that everyone not bring a date, though the opposite ends up happening. Even though everyone insisted on bringing a date regardless of Chandler, their dates end up going extremely poorly.
Although it’s not the best of the Charlie Brown holiday specials, Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! still holds its ground. While trying to write a book report, Charlie Brown is distracted by the New Year’s Eve party being thrown by his friends. Though he still has to finish up his paper in time, Peppermint Patty is able to convince him to head to the party instead.
This Season 7 episode of The Office follows the crew as they take on New Year’s Eve, though there’s a more pressing matter making its way through the office in the form of a rumor. Michael is waiting around in anticipation for news about Holly and A.J.’s potential engagement and the office swirls around in waiting, as well. At the same time, Pam has arranged for everyone to write down their New Year’s resolutions on a massive board, which they’re less than thrilled about.
Though When Harry Met Sally… isn’t an outright New Year’s Eve movie, its ending scene is the epitome of that night. Nothing beats (Harry) Billy Crystal running through the city right as it’s about to hit midnight just to tell Sally (Meg Ryan) how he feels about her. This is all following a long relationship between the two that stemmed from one fateful (yet unwanted) carpool drive from college to New York City.
Ah, here we are. New Year’s Eve. The commercials looked terrible, yet still, so many people went out to see this movie. The reason that it’s on this list, however, is because I’m pretty sure that this is the only fully New Year’s Eve-themed movie ever created. Given that, it does deserve some recognition. The film follows a number of different semi-connecting storylines, including that of a nurse and her patient, various rock stars, and some complications surrounding the Times Square ball drop.
This one doesn’t directly qualify as New Year’s Eve-related, but it is a winterized episode of the show, thus qualifying it for this list. The sketches involve dealing with the freezing cold weather at a food cart, sticking to a no-pasta diet, and a few more. Oh, and there’s a feminist bookstore sketch in this episode, which practically makes it mandatory viewing.
It’s New Year’s Eve and Jack makes the drunken mistake of leaving a voicemail on his high school girlfriend’s answering machine. In order to reverse his mistake, Jack decides to force Kenneth to accompany him on a trip to Massachusetts just to remove the voicemail from her machine.
With the upcoming Millennium on the way, both Kramer and Newman are throwing parties to celebrate the huge event—Newman even named his party after himself: “The Newmannium.” The two finally decide to join together and host one party, but they make one major mistake: they’ve booked the party for a hotel on December 31, 2000, instead of December 31, 1999.
Just as the clock strikes midnight in Springfield, Ned Flanders is awoken by the town’s inability to get the countdown correct. Being that he’s awake, Flanders uses this time to get all of his taxes together given that it’s the new year. By morning, he has both finished and submitted his taxes while all of Springfield sleeps away. The episode then fast-forwards to the due date of everyone’s taxes, which Homer and everyone else has forgotten to submit.
Rutabaga and Katie find themselves in couples therapy on New Year’s Eve, and afterward, Rutabaga receives a call that alerts him that the lead role in an upcoming film has an open spot. Although Katie is pregnant and could potentially give birth at any moment, Rutabaga decides to go ahead and try out for the role, insisting that he’ll be back in time for their child’s birth.