Episodes: 194 (half-hour)
TV show dates: September 21, 1998 – May 18, 2006
Series status: Cancelled/ended
Performers include: Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes, Shelley Morrison, Harry Connick Jr., and Leigh Allyn Baker.
TV show description:
This sitcom centers around New York City friends, gay lawyer Will Truman (Eric McCormack) and heterosexual interior designer Grace Adler (Debra Messing).
Their friends, rich socialite and frequently drunk Karen Walker (Megan Mullally) and effeminate gay struggling actor Jack McFarland (Sean Hayes), round out the group.
In later seasons, the show frequently features celebrity guest stars.
Episode 194 – The Finale
Will and Grace have a falling out that lasts for years. In the interim, Grace and Leo (Harry Connick, Jr.) have a daughter and Will and Vince (Bobby Cannavale) have a son. Will and Grace reconcile when their children meet in college and later get married. Karen and Jack remain close friends throughout the years. (You can read a detailed description here.)
First aired: May 18, 2006
What happened next?
There hasn’t been any news of a series return or revival.
Behind the Scenes
|•||The series finale performed well in the ratings and attracted over 18 million viewers. It ranked seventh for the week and marked the first time in two years that the once highly-rated sitcom landed in the top 10.|
|•||Karen’s obese husband Stan was often discussed but never seen. Karen’s stepson Mason (nicknamed “the fat one”) was also never seen.|
|•||The series was well-known (and often chided) for its frequent use of celebrity guest stars.|
|•||Will & Grace is one of only three sitcoms in which all actors playing the main characters (McCormack, Messing, Hayes, and Mullally) each won at least one acting Emmy. The other two are All in the Family and The Golden Girls.|
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