What to watch on New Years Eve: movies, TV shows, live events

Start with a pair of NYC roaming movies. “Little Fugitive” (1953) is a rambling fable about a boy who leaves home to spend the day exploring Coney Island. “Downtown 81”, shot in the early 1980s but released in 2000, stars Jean-Michel Basquiat as an artist wandering the streets of Lower Manhattan, where he meets legends of the early 1980s in New York City. Yes, it’s Debbie Harry as a fairy princess.

Or try two films that reflect on what it means to be young and self-righteous. In “Brother to Brother” (2004), the character of Anthony Mackie develops a friendship with another black gay artist whose life was shaped by the Harlem Renaissance. In the dry comedy “Frances Ha” by Noah Baumbach (2013), Greta Gerwig plays a young dancer struggling with ambition, friendship and elusive happiness – Manhattan style.

“Lego Masters” is a family-friendly reality TV contest, aired on Hulu, in which teams of two are invited to create artistically fantastic and architecturally demanding Lego structures.

Kids will have fun with how Lego are transformed into wearable hats, cuddly animals and explosive vehicles. Adults, especially those who grew up as Lego builders, will appreciate the engineering skills required for structures to withstand high winds and even tremors. Expect creative and thrilling entertainment no matter the episode, especially with the charming goofball Will Arnett as the host.

Head over to IMDb TV to watch “All in the Family,” the CBS sitcom that ran from 1971 to 1979. When Archie, Edith, and their neighbors in Queens argue over race, feminism, and politics, resentment rings today’s headlines. Season 2 features several very funny episodes, including “Sammy’s Visit”, in which Sammy Davis Jr. gives Archie a memorable kiss.

For a darker day of retro TV, tune in to Decades for a three-day “Twilight Zone” marathon starting on New Year’s Eve. Friday’s schedule features two of the series’ best episodes: “The After Hours”, about a woman wandering through a strange department store, and “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street”, about a neighborhood that becomes paranoid in the midst of a possible alien invasion.

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