Will & Grace returned after 11 years last night, with an episode that saw Grace redesigning the Oval Office and Will hitting on a hunky senator in the Rose Garden. But almost immediately, some viewers complained the show was too mean to Donald Trump.
On Twitter, one user complained the new episode was “nothing but Trump-bashing.”
Used to love watching Will & Grace back in the day. Tuned in for 5 mins last night & never again
Sad, just more Trump bashing from the left
— Ray Brooks (@MAGA0270) September 29, 2017
One woman who claimed she’s watch the series original eight season “three times over,” registered her distate.
I have 3 times over they never centered plots around current political climate, some small jokes about Bush but not like this
— gene parmesan (@ghostmonk5) September 29, 2017
“White House-bashing does nothing for me,” declared one Facebook user. On Instagram, another user chimed in, “Wow, talk about limiting your audience—I couldn’t get through it. Too political. Same old overplayed Trump jabs. Get some new material.”
But some viewers were just dismayed the show had gotten “too political.”
“If it is going to be one Trump jab after another, I’m out. Nothing to do with politics—I just want comedy.
“This was my time to unwind and not deal with the real world, so it was definitely not what I was anticipating,” said another.
Did W&G ramp up the politics? After 11 years it’s hard to say. But perhaps the (mostly straight, white) people complaining have forgotten that when the show premiered, having an openly gay lead character—and a handsome and successful one at that—was a HUGE political statement.
If Max Mutchnick and David Kohan added more edge to the series, it’s because society has moved the needle. Banal Three’s Company-type sex gags don’t cut it anymore. Politics is no longer the elephant in the room that pop culture avoids discussing—it’s everywhere. To keep making the same jokes about Karen’s drinking and Jack’s sluttiness with Trump in the White House and gay rights on the chopping block would feel irresponsible.
We have a feeling that outspoken progressive Debra Messing signed to the reboot specifically so she could comment on the current state of affairs.
Fans were also curious how people could drag the show’s sharpness.
“The people that voted for a Reality TV celebrity for president are complaining about ’Will & Grace’ for being too political,” tweeted one viewer.
The people that voted for a Reality TV Celebrity for President are complaining about #WillAndGrace for being too political ♀️
— Elaine Young (@ElaineYoung94) September 29, 2017
All the people complaining about #WillAndGrace being political clearly never watched the original 8 seasons.
— Jayme Wojciechowski (@JaymeWoj) September 29, 2017
— ★♥M.I.S.H.♥★ (@ScorpionMish) September 29, 2017
Whether “11 Years Later” was just the cast and creators letting off steam or a sign of how the rest of the season would play out, we’ll have to wait to see. But it averaged a 2.9 rating among adults 18 to 49, and garnered about 10 million viewers, making it one of the biggest winners of the week.