Eighth and final season of Will & Grace last approximately as long as Grace’s pregnancy, except the final episode. Will almost falls in love with a psychopath, and eventually ends up with Vince. Karen drops Alec Baldwin’s character after having some fun and reunites with her ex-late husband, only to divorce him in a few weeks, and soon after that she gets broke. Jack leaves his channel and his show, and goes back to acting, and suddenly becomes a decent, sought-after, actor, and then gets rich through a gay marriage (or something like that). Grace gets knocked up by her ex, Leo, and also eventually ends up back with him. Rosario keeps popping here and there, even though there is absolutely no reason for that most of the time.
So, the showrunner for this season did a lot of effort to entertain: they did not one but two live episdoes (e. 1 and e. 11); at least one episode is brilliant (it’s #15, in case you’re wondering); and they casted Britney Spears, as well as Hall & Oats, George Takei, Josh Lucas, Lily Tomlin, Wanda Sykes, – which is sort of cool. But there are less guest stars than before, way less, and somehow, even combined with whatever great jokes are scattered across the seasons (and there are some good ones), it does not top the emptiness of mediocrity that surrounds everything. My overall impression, unfortunately, is not favourable: the season is weak, contaminated with sentimentality and aa (Stanley’s revival alone is worth 100 points.)
That being said, it should also be mentioned that the show is still quite funny, and sometimes – abundantly so.
But still. Things happen to people in the story for pretty much no reason but the writers need to lead it to a certain point. Britney Spears was awfully poseur. During live episodes the cast broke characters way too often to consider it cute.
All in all, even with the grand finale and the 15th episode accounted for, things might have been much better.
Created by: David Kohan and Max Mutchnick
Directed by: James Burrows
Written by: Bill Wrubel, Gary Janetti, Greg Malins, Gail Lerner, Sally Bradford, Tracy Poust, Jon Kinnally, Abraham Higginbotham, Kirk J. Rudell, Jamie Rhonheimer, Janis Hirsch, Steve Gabriel, Robia Rashid, James Lecesne, Josh Silberman, Zack Slovinsky, David Kohan & Max Mutchnick
Performed by: Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes, Shelley Morrison, Harry Connick, Jr., Debbie Reynolds, Blythe Danner, Leslie Jordan, Tom Gallop, Leigh-Allyn Baker, Tim Bagley, Jerry Levine, Bobby Cannavale, Alec Baldwin, Taye Diggs, Steven Weber, Reed Alexander, Kevin Bacon, Michael Angarano, Sydney Pollack, Lesley Ann Warren, Eileen Brennan, Jim Rash, Laura Kightlinger, Lily Tomlin, Matt Lauer, Daryl Hall, John Oates, George Takei, Salma Hayek, Matthew McConaughey, Josh Lucas, Christina Moore, Andy Richter, Richard Chamberlain, Jason Biggs, Kyle Bornheimer, Jere Burns, Millicent Martin, Traci Lords, Jennette McCurdy, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Shawn Christian, Maria Thayer, Britney Spears, Wanda Sykes, Bernadette Peters
Time: 8h38m (a. 23 episodes)
Entertaining quality: 4- out of 5
Art quality: 4- out of 5
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