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I first came across this gem of a sit-com on cable channel ‘Living’ and did not think very much of it. I laughed a little, then some more, by the time the episode had finished I was hooked.
For those of you unfamiliar with Will & Grace, it revolves around the lives of Will (McCormack) and Grace (Messing) who have been best friends since college days. No surprises there then. Add to this that Will is a gay lawyer and living with Grace a straight interior designer and the comedy potential does not ring out. In fact it is the supporting cast that get the biggest laughs. Jack (Will’s highly strung and very high maintenance gay friend) and Karen (who is supposed to work for Grace, but just criticises her taste in clothes) are comedy masterpieces in themselves. The fact that all this is established in the first ten minutes of the first episode tells you how quick fire this is. Given at the time that Friends and Frazier were going through lax periods this gave a shot in the arm to US sit-com (although it has recently undergone a dose of mogadon thanks to the truly alarming ‘According to Jim’).
With the pilot out of the way and the characters established the rest of the DVD edition is an unalloyed delight. The comedy is brisk and sharp, Karen (Megan Mullally) particularly is a brilliant characterisation of a gold digger who lands a rich husband (whom we never see) and spends most of her time trying to get away from his advances and spending his hard earned money. Her relationship with Jack (Sean Hayes) is particularly delicious. His main job is avoiding work with various artistic schemes (like his one man stage show 'Just Jack')and getting Will to pay for his lifestyle. This pairing has led some calls for a change of name to Karen & Jack since it is the sub-plots involving them that are the most consistently amusing. Season One is by far and away the best so far (although the same could be said for most long-running sit-coms) and for those who have only just caught it on Channel 4 this is a purchase well worth making.
Caution – Once you have started watching this you will not be able to stop at one or two episodes – be prepared for a late night.