The Best New Year And New Year's Eve Episodes In Sitcoms

The best laid New Year's Eve plans often go awry as sitcoms celebrate another 365 days. This list of New Year episodes from popular sitcoms features traditional New Year themes including disappointing parties to failed resolutions. Some of the New Year's Eve episodes are heartfelt and others are hilarious. Many of the most memorable New Years Eve television episodes are set during Y2K.

What shows will you find on this list of New Year Eve TV episodes? Frasier may be near the top. The Cranes spent the new year on the road, enjoying the highs and lows of traveling via Winnebago in the season seven episode entitled "RDWRER." Futurama set its very first episode "Space Pilot 3000" on New Year's Eve 1999 and 2999.

Family Guy took on Y2K with the 1999 episode "Da Boom" which finds the residents of Quahog coping with a post-apocalyptic new world after the earth erupted in chaos at midnight on December 31, 1999. Other sitcoms with good New Year's episodes include How I Met Your Mother, The Office, and Friends.

Which sitcom episode rang in the New Year best? Give your favorites a vote up.

    Photo: Frasier/NBC / Paramount Network Television
    170 VOTES

    After Frasier and Niles' New Year's Eve plans go up in flames, the brothers join Martin on a road trip to an alternative destination. Along the way, the Cranes enjoy the highs and lows of traveling by Winnebago in this episode entitled "RDWRER."

    • Original Airing: Jan 06, 2000
    • Season: Frasier - Season 7
    • Episode Number: 12
    • Series: Frasier
    170 votes
  • The Justice League Recombination
    Photo: Big Bang Theory/CBS / Warner Bros. Television

    The guys convince Penny and Zack to join them in dressing up as members of the Justice League to win a New Year's Eve contest at the comic book store in the 2010 Big Bang Theory episode "The Justice League Recombination." Despite their strong appearance, the group is less than confident when dealing with real world crimes.

    • Original Airing: Dec 16, 2010
    • Season: The Big Bang Theory - Season 4
    • Episode Number: 11
    • Series: The Big Bang Theory
    180 votes
  • The One With The Routine (a.k.a. The One With The Rockin' New Year)
    Photo: Friends/NBC / Warner Bros. Television

    Ross and Monica vie for the camera to get on television during a taped segment of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve during "The One with the Routine." They break out a choreographed dance - circa their junior high years - and end up on the bloopers reel.

    Elsewhere, Phoebe, Rachel, and Chandler hunt for their Christmas presents from Monica in the Friends season six episode.

    • Original Airing: Dec 16, 1999
    • Season: Friends - Season 6
    • Episode Number: 10
    • Series: Friends
    188 votes
  • That '70s Finale
    Photo: That '70s Show/Fox / The Carsey-Werner Company
    150 VOTES

    That '70s Finale

    The 200th and final episode of That '70s Show finds Eric, Donna, and all their friends ringing in 1980. The guys sit down for one final circle before enjoying New Year's eve upstairs at Eric's.

    • Original Airing: May 18, 2006
    • Season: That '70s Show - Season 8
    • Episode Number: 200
    • Series: That '70s Show
    150 votes
  • New Year's Eve 1959
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    91 VOTES

    New Year's Eve 1959

    Laverne and Shirley usher in the sixties in less than ideal circumstances in "New Year's Eve 1959." Lenny and Squiggy make plans of their own outside the ladies' apartment.

    • Original Airing: Dec 27, 1977
    • Season: Laverne & Shirley - Season 3
    • Episode Number: 12
    • Series: Laverne & Shirley
    91 votes
  • The One With All The Resolutions
    Photo: Friends/NBC / Warner Bros. Television

    As the title suggests, "The One with all the Resolutions" finds the some of the Friends promising to improve various aspects of their life in the new year. Joey learns guitar and Rachel stops gossiping. Chandler stops teasing his friends and Monica vows to take more pictures.

    • Original Airing: Jan 07, 1999
    • Season: Friends - Season 5
    • Episode Number: 11
    • Series: Friends
    151 votes