Will & Grace celebrates the 20th anniversary of the premiere of the hit sitcom. To help ring in the milestone year, here's a look back at your favorite characters.
Will & Grace
Season 1 of the original hit sitcom premiered Sept. 21, 1998.
The show followed Grace Adler and her gay best friend Will Truman as they navigate life and relationships in New York City. But things get complicated (and hilarious!) when Grace’s rich assistant, Karen Walker, and Will’s flamboyant friend, Jack McFarland, interfere.
McCormack stars as Will Truman, an openly gay corporate lawyer. He met Grace at during his college years at Columbia University and they have remained friends ever since.
While Will is a successful lawyer, his type-A personality often causes problems in his relationships.
Messing took on the role of Grace Adler, an interior designer who is forced to move in with Will after her relationship falls apart.
Hayes took on the beloved role of Jack McFarland, known for his habit of jumping from man to man and inability to hold down a job.
Jack forms any unlikely friendship with Grace’s assistant Karen.
Perhaps one of the most memorable characters, Karen Walker “works” for Grace as an assistant. The rich socialite is known for casually drinking at all hours and being the wife to the wealthy (but never seen) Stanley Walker.
Will & Grace Reboot
After 11 years off the air, NBC ordered a 10-episode limited revival that reunited stars Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally during the 2017–18 TV season.
“We’re thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and most defining comedies in NBC history is coming back,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said at the time. “This groundbreaking series for everything from gay rights to social and political commentary — all disguised as a high-speed train of witty pop culture — is coming back where it belongs.”
The 2006 series’ finale ended with a time-jump showing Will and Grace twenty years into the future, dropping their children off at college.
But the revival picked up with Will and Grace still living together — and explained it all away by blaming the finale on one of Karen’s crazy dreams.
After both going through recent divorces, Will and Grace end up once again living together in Will’s apartment.
Will is still succeeding at his job but struggling to maintain a relationship.
Grace Adler designs has grown, and Grace now has a real assistant! But her love for food is greater than ever, and she’s still hopelessly single.
Karen is still super rich and refuses to live life by society’s rules.
Not much has changed for Jack, besides having to come to terms with the difficulties of dating younger guys. And since living across from Will in the original series, he’s given up on “Just Jack!” — which is now a strictly forbidden topic.