Will & Grace went off the air in 2006, but co-stars Eric McCormack and Debra Messing reunited this morning on Today to celebrate the groundbreaking sitcom’s 15th anniversary.
“It definitely does not feel like it was 15 years ago,” Messing, who, along with McCormack, donned purple today in honor of Spirit Day. “It feels as if it was just two years ago.”
While other series had featured gay and lesbian characters, Will & Grace was the first to put a gay man, Will Truman, front and center rather than as a sidekick, and to treat his romantic and emotional entanglements the same as heterosexual characters. And treated viewers to some of the campiest guest appearances ever.
McCormack says that while he and his co-stars didn’t really talk about the show’s cultural impact at the time, they can’t help but see now how it pushed the conversation on LGBT rights forward: “We used to be asked about it while it was on and we didn’t want to say anything then, we were a comedy and we were just trying to be funny,” says McCormack. “But with time … [we can see we treated] Will’s desire for the perfect man as equal to Grace’s desire for the perfect man–and that’s where it was subversive. That was the message that came out of the show.”
If you’ve got a jones for some Will & Grace goodness, classic episodes are airing on Logo TV 5-7pm and 11pm-1am nightly. You can also find full episodes, hilarious clips and more on LogoTV.com.
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