by Aprille Hanson
When “Will & Grace” debuted in 1998, it was the first show centered on the friendship between a straight woman and gay man. Ellen DeGeneres opened the door with her sitcom character on “Ellen” coming out to the world for a show like “Will & Grace” to even exist. As a fan of the original run of “Will & Grace,” seasons 1-8, it was thrilling to see the beloved characters return for a season 9 in 2017, 11 years later to an extremely different society, both in acceptance and politically. Without missing one beat, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes stepped back into their beloved characters, still able to capture what made the show a classic. My big complaint? We only got these characters back for a rebooted three seasons, as the show will conclude a second time on April 23. Let’s hope it’s better than that initial season 8 finale, which was ultimately erased in the reboot.
While none of the four main characters are subpar, here’s how they rank:
Grace Adler (Debra Messing)
Speaking of hot messes, Grace Adler is a talented interior designer, but knows little about getting her life together and it’s a joy to watch. She’s definitely not as absurd as Karen, but her moments of silliness in relationships to the ups and downs in her friendship with Will is played to perfection. She is a modern day Lucille Ball for more than just the red hair. Her physical comedy echoes the comedic icon in crazy moments, like one of her best episodes, “Das Boob” (season 2, episode 3) when she wears a water bra on a date and it springs a leak. Even this final reboot season, she’s willing to go to such gross lengths in “What a Dump” to “Accidentally on Porpoise” that you just can’t help but love this flawed character.