• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 21, 1998
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    Jul 9, 2013
    91
    A show for grown-ups, with a witty script, a charismatic cast and the good sense to leave the messages on the cutting-room floor. [21 Sep 1998]
  2. 91
    In addition to good direction, "Will & Grace" has the attractive cast and snappy writing that most comedies never have the luck or skill to achieve. [18 Sep 1998]
  3. 90
    Smart, sweet and often hilarious, "Will & Grace" is everything a sitcom needs to be. [21 Sep 1998]
  4. Reviewed by: David Zurawik
    Jul 9, 2013
    88
    I like this show a lot. [21 Sep 1998]
  5. 88
    Witty and interesting. ... If comedy dialogue, slapstick and emotional moments continue to be handled with the skill displayed in the pilot, "Will & Grace" could emerge as one of the season's survivors. [21 Sep 1998]
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jul 9, 2013
    88
    With a sure and witty touch, Will captures the way gay men and their straight female friends make an asset of their gender differences and romantic similarities. [21 Sep 1998]
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 12, 2013
    83
    The season's cleverest, most intricate sitcom.
  8. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jul 9, 2013
    80
    If you're looking for sexual tension amid the laugh track, or social and political point-making between the punchlines, then "Will & Grace" may not work for you. It's a sitcom that has the potential to prove to prime time that attractions between adults are not always rooted in lust. [21 Sep 1998]
  9. Reviewed by: Tom Feran
    Jul 9, 2013
    80
    Sharply scripted, well acted and crisply directed by James Burrows, it makes comedy its main agenda, and reaches it with an authentic, matter-of-fact tone. [21 Sep 1998]
  10. Reviewed by: Eric Mink
    Jul 9, 2013
    80
    A clever, quick and maybe even a little subversive show. [21 Sep 1998]
  11. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jul 9, 2013
    80
    [A] pleasant sitcom ... The bawdy asides sound witty rather than smutty, and the show has been shrewdly assembled. [20 Sep 1998]
  12. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jul 9, 2013
    80
    If "Will & Grace" has an agenda, it's so well hidden that it can't possibly get in the way of the comedy. [21 Sep 1998]
  13. Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Jul 9, 2013
    75
    "Will & Grace" so far is sophisticated and funny. [21 Sep 1998]
  14. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jul 9, 2013
    75
    Sean Hayes, as Jack, is the overriding reason to watch. [21 Sep 1998]
  15. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 27, 2013
    75
    The show needs to guard against the cutesies ... and allow both principals to do more than talk about their sex lives.
  16. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jul 9, 2013
    70
    There's something not quite right about this show's approach to homosexuality.
  17. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Jul 9, 2013
    60
    Kindness is the true beauty of Will & Grace, and it may be that kindness, in the midst of so much of the mean-spirited, demeaning stuff that passes for comedy on TV, will carry the day. [21 Sep 1998]
  18. Reviewed by: Ray Richmond
    Jul 9, 2013
    60
    The show does spring out of the box boasting snappy dialogue ... What the show doesn't have is an original premise... or a compelling dynamic between [Debra] Messing and co-star Eric McCormack. [16 Sep 1998]
  19. Reviewed by: Terry Jackson
    Jul 9, 2013
    50
    In an effort to avoid a controversy similar to what befell Ellen last season, this show has taken a safe route that kills some of its comedy potential. [21 Sep 1998]
  20. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    Jul 9, 2013
    50
    Absolutely ordinary. [21 Sep 1998]
  21. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jul 9, 2013
    40
    Its premise is humdrum, its two co-stars lack chemistry, and it seems essentially indistinguishable from most of NBC's other slipshod tripe. [21 Sep 1998]
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Aug 12, 2010
    8
    A funny show that uses its cast to its fullest, but the screenplay writers are the deserving starts of the show. Very witty, very entertainingA funny show that uses its cast to its fullest, but the screenplay writers are the deserving starts of the show. Very witty, very entertaining it leaves you with wanting and needing more and more. For a first season it is excellent and it makes great space for future seasons to come.
    Debra Messing, as Grace, is excellent and is definitely the best one of the cast. Eric McCormack is the underused potential, as Will, but that is mainly due to his character - he's just not that funny.
    Sean Hayes' Jack is brilliantly funny and refreshing as an over-the-top gay man. Mullally's transformation as Karen Walker is quite interesting and one can see that the character was being developed as the show went on and as the audience responded to her different character traits - she will definitely be much different and more prominent in the later seasons, for Mullally manages to take the best of her character and channel it brilliantly!
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  2. Jun 20, 2013
    7
    Will and Grace is a good show- it's funny, the characters are fun, and, it's good to have shows with gay characters, considering we are stillWill and Grace is a good show- it's funny, the characters are fun, and, it's good to have shows with gay characters, considering we are still living in a time where homophobia is lurking everywhere. However, one thing that bothers me is how, the characters are fun on the show, but, in real life, I'd honestly find these people snooty and annoying. The references also feel obscure, making the viewer feel left out of a lot of jokes if they aren't especially well read. Full Review »
  3. Nov 24, 2012
    1
    I defiantly didn't like the first season, watch the pilot, so you can know the characters. Then start season 2 where it gets better.