Will & Grace: Season 1 (1998 - 1999)


Season 1
Will & Grace

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Eric McCormarck and Debra Messing's fizzy chemistry helps make Will & Grace a platonic ideal, with Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally's broader performances bringing some crackling comedy to this sweet sitcom.

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Critic Ratings: 35

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Air date: Sep 21, 1998

A gay lawyer (Eric McCormack) and a straight designer (Debra Messing) are best friends. In the debut episode, Will asks his friend Jack (Sean Hayes) to move in and share expenses until Grace has a fight with her beau and needs a place to stay.

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Air date: Sep 28, 1998

Will encourages Grace to find a place of her own, but discourages her suggestion that she move in with him. Meanwhile, Jack's eccentricities are driving Will crazy.

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Air date: Oct 5, 1998

Tensions escalate between new roommates Will and Grace when Grace decides to renovate their bathrooms.

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Air date: Oct 12, 1998

Grace wonders if Will will meddle when she agrees to decorate the apartment of one of his most important clients.

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Air date: Oct 26, 1998

Will and Grace plan to spend Halloween together watching Ingmar Bergman movies at home. That is, until Harlin drops off his kids at their place when he's called away on business.

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Air date: Nov 9, 1998

Grace becomes unraveled when she discovers that Will had a fling and didn't tell her.

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Air date: Nov 16, 1998

Grace claims the reason she's not dating is that she's having too much fun with Will

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Air date: Nov 30, 1998

Grace seeks Will's help in negotiating a deal to buy her studio space, but she is shocked by the tactics Will uses to get the price down.

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Air date: Dec 15, 1998

After Grace defies Will's wishes and brings home a dog, Will can't resist the pooch and begins to treat him like a newborn baby.

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Air date: Jan 5, 1999

After Will installs a new heating vent in the apartment, he and Grace obsessively eavesdrop on the marital problems of the couple downstairs.

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Series 1 sees our protagonists move in together after Grace breaks up with her boyfriend Danny. At first, living together appeared to be a good idea for all parties but Grace soon wants to change things and Will does not take too kindly to her suggestions. Later in the series, Grace dates Will's brother Sam, Will finds a new friend which makes Grace jealous and Grace begins to date her ex Danny again, much to Will's displeasure.

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Critic Reviews for Will & Grace Season 1

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (20)

Smart, sweet and often hilarious, Will & Grace is everything a sitcom needs to be.

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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.

Mar 19, 2021 | Full Review…

This sophisticated show has pop-culture references, loving friendships, well-cast stars and the sure hand of director James Burrows. The bawdy asides sound witty rather than smutty, and the show has been shrewdly assembled.

Mar 19, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a sitcom that has the potential to prove to prime time that attractions between adults are not always rooted in lust. With its promising little ensemble, the biggest problem is that it's scheduled opposite Ally McBeal.

Mar 17, 2021 | Full Review…

A clever, quick, and maybe even a little subversive show.

Mar 17, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Sharp writing and an outrageous supporting cast suggest good Will.

Mar 17, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The good stuff gets more intense and more fun when consumed in whole-season chunks, but the bad stuff gets worse, its sins magnified and amplified.

Mar 19, 2021 | Full Review…

What sets this show apart from its not-so-funny sitcom counterparts is its cutting humor. Pop-culture references fly fast and furiously, and the characters exchange witty repartee effortlessly.

Mar 19, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The only thing most viewers will care about initially is whether the series is funny. The pilot has its share of good lines, and Messing and McCormack have a winning charm and chemistry.

Mar 19, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The concept is more credible than it might sound thanks to clever scripting, an appealing cast, and the masterful hand of James Burrows. Getting Burrows to direct your pilot is the equivalent of having your house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Mar 19, 2021 | Full Review…

The two have great chemistry and a dandy set of writers. Watch and you'll find this the best way to learn -- and laugh.

Mar 19, 2021 | Rating: A | Full Review…

The show's writing makes it stand out from much of NBC's factory-room dreck.

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