Will & Grace : Season 1

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

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21

Critic Reviews

  1. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Eric Mink
    Jul 9, 2013
    A clever, quick and maybe even a little subversive show. [21 Sep 1998]
  2. Orlando Sentinel
    Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jul 9, 2013
    [A] pleasant sitcom ... The bawdy asides sound witty rather than smutty, and the show has been shrewdly assembled. [20 Sep 1998]
  3. Cleveland Plain Dealer
    Reviewed by: Tom Feran
    Jul 9, 2013
    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]
  4. Philadelphia Daily News
    Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jul 9, 2013
    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]
  5. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jul 9, 2013
    There's something not quite right about this show's approach to homosexuality.
  6. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Jul 9, 2013
    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]
  7. Variety
    Reviewed by: Ray Richmond
    Jul 9, 2013
    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]
  8. The New York Times
    Reviewed by: Caryn James
    Jul 9, 2013
    Absolutely ordinary. [21 Sep 1998]
  9. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Jul 9, 2013
    Smart, sweet and often hilarious, "Will & Grace" is everything a sitcom needs to be. [21 Sep 1998]
  10. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jul 9, 2013
    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]
  11. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: David Zurawik
    Jul 9, 2013
    I like this show a lot. [21 Sep 1998]
  12. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: Robert P. Laurence
    Jul 9, 2013
    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]
  13. Chicago Sun-Times
    Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Jul 9, 2013
    "Will & Grace" so far is sophisticated and funny. [21 Sep 1998]
  14. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Terry Jackson
    Jul 9, 2013
    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]
  15. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: John Levesque
    Jul 9, 2013
    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]
  16. Dallas Morning News
    Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jul 9, 2013
    Sean Hayes, as Jack, is the overriding reason to watch. [21 Sep 1998]
  17. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jul 9, 2013
    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]
  18. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jul 9, 2013
    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]
  19. Houston Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    Jul 9, 2013
    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]
  20. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 27, 2013
    The show needs to guard against the cutesies ... and allow both principals to do more than talk about their sex lives.
  21. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 12, 2013
    The season's cleverest, most intricate sitcom.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 26 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
    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
    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
    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.