Parents' Guide to

Will & Grace

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Fun show about a strong friendship; rude jokes, sex, pills.

TV NBC , Syndicated Comedy 1998
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age 13+
I love this show and I watch it with my 13 year old son all the time- he really enjoys it too!
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What sets this show apart from its not-so-funny sitcom counterparts -- and ended up keeping it on the air for so many years -- is its cutting humor. Pop-culture references fly fast and furiously, and the characters exchange witty repartee effortlessly. Watching the original series or its reboot, viewers will definitely feel the same '90s vibe; as on similar shows like Friends and Seinfeld, the live studio audience cackles every few seconds, characters wear cocktail-party clothes to hang out at home, and no one ever locks their front door (the better for actors to make surprise entrances!). The plotlines, too, seem designed to fit into a 250-character summary in TV Guide: Karen gets Grace a job decorating the Oval Office -- antics ensue! Or, Jack and Will try to date 20-somethings -- hilarity ensues!

All that isn't to say that the show is bad, it's just a throwback. Creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan have a way with a wisecrack, cramming in a dizzying array of pop-culture references from Patty Hearst to the board game Clue. "I hate when bad guys are handsome, like Scar in Lion King," muses Grace about a rival. This show is exactly as witty and charming as it was when it originally aired -- whether that's a good or bad thing is up to you.

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