Any 90s kid would know that the hit sitcom Will & Grace is coming back after 12 years. Last week, the full trailer (a glorious 5-minute show-stopping number) was released. For those millennials who have no clue what I am talking about (shame on you, you’ve missed a lot), Will & Grace was one the first TV shows to feature openly gay characters, centered around Will (Eric McCormack) and best friend Grace (Debra Messing), alongside their friends Jack and Karen (Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally). This revival will be a special 12-episode run and we can’t wait what it has in store for us. Having said that, I decided to list the top 5 things about the show.
- JUST JACK *cue hands*
We all know and love our Jackie. The best thing about this dramatic, jazz-handed guy is his unforgettable catch phrase JUST JACK!! (I felt I needed to put two exclamation points, to ‘make it pop’ as Jack would say). The one-man performance kept cropping up throughout the 8 seasons is iconic. (NBC: I hope you’re listening to my prayers).
- ‘Honey, what’s going on here, what’s happening?’
Oh Karen… we all know her life’s mission (apart from shopping til she drops, avoiding sexual encounters with her husband and drinking like there’s no tomorrow) is criticising Grace’s outfits from head to toe, quite literally. She has no filter; anything she thinks, she says. There’s no fooling Karen!
- References to Broadway and female icons
Barbra Streisand! Liza Minnelli! and the one and only…Cher! I absolutely love the fact that theatre is incorporated into the series, as well as iconic female pop-stars. This subtly encourages many young girls to chase their dreams as these female stars have in their days.
- Successful people
I absolutely love how the characters are all successful in one way or another. Even if one of them loses a job, is heartbroken over a relationship, or is broke, they find ways to pick themselves up, dust themselves off and keep moving forward. This is the attitude we all need in life.
- The representation of gay characters
The first show to have gay characters as the protagonists was a breakthrough in television history. I personally love the way they portrayed gay characters as not always the flamboyant-types that society deems them to be. While Jack is very much the flamboyant type with the jazz hands, the high pitch voice and those gorgeous hip movements, Will is anything but. He may hate sports, and give great fashion advice, but he is just like everyone else and loves himself, as it should be.
Will & Grace returns this fall on NBC. Honey, we absolutely can’t wait! *cue Karen’s ear-piercing laugh*.