Thursday, September 21, 2017

Will & Grace Premiered Today in 1998

Will & Grace is an American situation comedy created by Max Mutchnick and David Kohan about the relationship between best friends Will Truman (Eric McCormack), a gay lawyer, and Grace Adler (Debra Messing), a straight interior designer, set in New York City. Also featured are their friends Karen Walker (Megan Mullally), a somewhat functioning alcoholic socialite, and Jack McFarland (Sean Hayes), a flamboyantly gay actor. 

The show was broadcast on NBC from September 21, 1998, to May 18, 2006, for a total of eight seasons (so far). During its original run, Will & Grace was one of the most successful television series with gay principal characters, winning a total of 16 Emmy awards. A new ninth season of the show is set to debut on September 28, 2017.

In May 2012, during a Meet the Press interview with host David Gregory, then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden cited the series as an influence in American thinking regarding LGBT rights, saying, "I think Will & Grace did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody has ever done. People fear that which is different. Now they're beginning to understand." 

Click here to read a recent Washington Post article on the impact of the series on American culture.

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