For eight seasons, Will, Grace, Karen, and Jack quipped, bickered, and spit-taked on NBC’s must-see TV lineup, all while making a humanist argument for the rights of gay people.
Joe Biden credited Will & Grace with doing more to further the cause of gay marriage than anything else.
In 2017, Will & Grace is still a show that America needs, because now it’s a sharp comedy about white, moneyed, liberal hypocrisy.
The shallowness of Will and Grace’s political commitments is the throughline of the first episode.
As the show begins, a newly divorced Grace and a newly divorced Will are once again cohabiting in his lovingly recreated apartment.
The first episode ends with a shot of a “Make America Gay Again” hat, which Grace has left on a chair in the Oval Office, as if that sufficiently redresses her self-absorption.
If one were to make a show with the exact same setup as Will & Grace today, it would inevitably be different, and not just because it would be single-camera with no laugh track.
During Will & Grace’s first run, Jack was both the most popular and the most “Problematic” part of the show, a stereotypical gay man that the audience, perhaps, was laughing at and not with.