With a new introduction to the cast, new storylines, and always hilarious jokes, the season two premiere of “Will and Grace” did not disappoint. The half-hour classic premiered its revival’s second season on NBC Wednesday receiving mixed reviews. Fans and critics alike were worried that the show’s premise and comedy were long dead and not funny enough to keep audiences entertained. However, when the show premiered, it was applauded for keeping its charm while also being politically and culturally relevant to the time.
In the premiere episode, audiences were met with a possible new love interest for Grace, named Noah, formerly known as the “west side curmudgeon,” played by none other than sitcom icon David Schwimmer. He is a hilarious addition to the new season and helped to draw in a bigger audience to the show. The show centers around the relationships of the characters, so the addition of the “west side curmudgeon” is nothing new. However, it should make for an entertaining new plot point.
On the other hand, returning cast members Debra Messing, “Grace,” Eric McCormack, “Will,” Sean Hayes, “Jack,” and Megan Mullally, “Karen,” are as always perfect in their roles help to create the ever-charming comedy. They manage to keep audiences watching and unable to stop laughing the whole time. The returning characters have some new storylines in this season as well, including Jack’s whirlwind romance with series newcomer Estefan. Something new is the uncommon duo of Will and Karen in this episode, who surprisingly contrast very well.
The original series was praised for its LGBT inclusion, even if it wasn’t the most diverse. Today, “Will and Grace” still has a loyal fan base, but is often criticized for its lack of diverse representation. Television is starting to gain many more inclusive and realistic shows, so viewers and critics alike question why bring back “Will and Grace” if we could have a show with diverse LGBT representation including people of color and people with mental health issues. Well, the answer lies in the view counts. “Will and Grace” draws in a huge audience, something that is difficult for most fall sitcoms. The show has helped to revive Wednesday sitcoms for NBC and has paved the way for advertisements that reach lots 0f viewers.
Overall, the season two premiere of “Will and Grace” is nothing new or groundbreaking but still proves to be a hilarious addition to weekday sitcoms. The cast shines in their roles and help to make an old show funny and relevant. Even if the storyline is overdone and the show lacks a diverse perspective, “Will and Grace” is a hilarious, politically relevant show that is part of American culture and deserves to stay on television.
Watch the first look at “Will and Grace” season two here:
Grace Beilman // Staff Writer