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Our Favorite TV Parties

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How does your holiday party stack up against TV's best? NPR's Rachel Martin takes a look at some of TV's most memorable parties, from Elaine's office party on Seinfeld to the Huxtable's anniversary party on The Cosby Show.


So, those are the fabulous soirees of fiction, but what about those lower-brow shindigs - the parties on our favorite TV shows that we'd love to crash? There is, of course, Elaine's epic dance fail at her office party on "Seinfeld."


JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS: (as Elaine) All right. Who's dancing? Come on, who's dancing? Want me to get it started?

MARTIN: And if you're talking office parties, you have to put "Mad Men" on the list. You think they drank a lot Sterling Cooper Draper and Price on a regular Tuesday night? The holiday parties are the definition of debauchery.


JOHN HAMM: (as Don Draper) You want to be Santa?

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (as character) Hell no. how about you, Roger?

JOHN SLATTERY: (as Roger) I would but I'm allergic to velvet.

MARTIN: And for some more wholesome fun, there's always a family dinner party at the Huxtables, where at any moment, a spontaneous, soul filled lip sync performance could break out because the Cosbys are just that great.


MARGIE HENDRICKS: (Singing) Baby, baby, baby, oh baby. Someone to love you. (unintelligible) you, hold me tight...

MARTIN: And this is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

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