Will & Grace (s.01, 1998-99)

Will & Grace is a sitcom about the relationship of 2 friends, one of whom is a gay man, and another is a straight woman. This show is one of the gems from the era of comedy revival, i.e. the 1990s; it lasted for 8 season, and was not only loved by the audience, but praised by the critics as well. The story for the first season is about the introduction of the said relationship, examination of it from various sides, – but it is also about establishing the axis of the narrative, as well as engaging of 2 other main characters.

So, most importantly, – the show is quite funny. It is relatively well-written, and implemented on a high professional level. It’s not without certain drawbacks, but most of them are characteristic to the genre and not specifically to the series, so they can be tolerated rather easily. All 4 main heroes are bright and imperfect personalities, which makes it interesting: because of the imperfection they can be related to, and the brightness makes them attractive.

Because the number of primary characters is pretty low, it becomes quite apparent that there can be characters not personified; in this particular case, it’s the connection between Will and Grace, their long-term relationship, and significant thing about it is that while it enriches lives of both participants (in general), it also cuts down certain possibilities for both of them; in other words, it impacts their lives not only positively, but negatively too. The realization of this fact becomes a conclusion to the 1st season; this is how the inherent conflict of the relationship comes to the surface, which process is shown in a manner comprehensive yet light.

All in all, the show produces a good impression: the gay aspect is portayed is a more or less realistic way (but without any elevated drama); Debra Messing’s character is extremely alluring; and Megan Mullally’s character is quite original. Combination of all the spare parts forms a mechanism that simply works. I wounder what the development would be.

Year: 1998-1999
Created by: David Kohan and Max Mutchnick
Directed by: James Burrows
Written by: David Kohan, Max Mutchnick, Jon Kinnally, Tracy Poust, William Lucas Walker, Jhoni Marchinko, Dava Savel, Michael Patrick King, Adam Barr, Alex Herschlag, Ellen Idelson, Rob Lotterstein, Katie Palmer
Performed by: Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes, Gary Grubbs, Tom Gallop, Leigh-Allyn Baker, John Slattery, Shelley Morrison, Debbie Reynolds, Molly Shannon, Tom Verica, Rudy Galindo, Wendie Jo Sperber, David Sutcliffe, Julian McMahon, Raphael Sbarge, Miguel Ferrer
Time: 22 * 21-23m
Entertaining quality: 5- out of 5
Art quality: 4+ out of 5
Links: (website) | (wiki)

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®shoomow, 2017

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