"In 1998, a new comedy called "Will & Grace" made its official debut on US comedy channel NBC. The series was widely talked about. I live in the UK, and Will & Grace has only been on our television screens for little over two years, but - as in America - the show has made a huge impact and formed huge fanclubs amongst both the gay and straight communities. Seasons 1 and 2 have been available in the UK for around a year, so I think it's about time the show is released on DVD in America!
Will and Grace are best friends who are both very close. Everything about their friendship is perfect for them to be a romantic couple, except for one problem - while Grace is straight, Will is gay. Will Truman (Eric McCormack) is a supercool lawyer who loves Grace as a friend, but nothing more. He is a rather strange character, but seems very grounded and comfortable with his sexuality. Grace Adler (Debra Messing) is a sassy, smart and successful interior designer. She is very dedicated and disciplined when it comes to her professional life, but her personal life isn't nearly so together, and Will is her stabilising force. She's a little neurotic, and she knows Will is the only person who understands her and can help her put things into perspective. Besides this, Grace is also a lot of fun, and her humour helps balance Will's more serious personality.
Will and Grace also have to cope with their two long time friends, Jack and Karen. Jack McFarland (Sean Hayes) is a jobless and very hyper camp gay guy. He is highly neurotic, extremely outspoken, a little bitter, maybe even borderline obsessive-compulsive. However, underneath all that, he is a caring soul and a good friend to Will. Karen Walker (Megan Mullally) plays Grace's socialite assistant. Karen is always confident that her way is the right way, and that she gives brilliant advice. She is so happy just being who she is, and who she is so completely inappropriate that it can't really be fathomed.
With the first episode of Season 1, "Pilot (Love And Marriage)," Grace is preparing to finish with her slob of a boyfriend Danny, but he proposes! The conclusion to whether or not Grace goes through with it is hilarious, and it fits in perfectly with the follow-up episode, "A New Lease On Life." Grace is looking for apartments, but puts forth an idea to move in with Will. In "Head Case," Grace comes up with an idea to expand Will's two bathrooms, but this idea soon turns into a living nightmare! In "Between A Rock And Harlin's Place," Jack is rehearsing for his one-man play Just Jack! Karen offers her advice in a hilarious dance scene, while Will and Grace have serious issues about a client who is looking for a new apartment.
In "Boo! Humbug," Karen reluctantly agrees to storm the streets on Halloween with Jack, but she ends up having much more fun than him with a group of Drag Queens! In "William Tell," Jack lets slip to Grace about a guy that Will had an affair with a guy when he was in a long-term relationship with Michael. In "Where There's A Will, There's No Way," Jack is in serious trouble. He has forgotten to pay his taxes and now his gym membership is under threat! In "The Buying Game," Grace wants to buy her studio, but things turn sour when Will intervenes. Meanwhile, Jack is finding his massage training a bit too hands on with Karen. In "The Truth About Will And Dogs," Will becomes obsessed with a pet dog. In "The Big Vent," Jack is freaking out because Karen says his new play stinks. Meanwhile, Will and Grace are totally obsessed with the interesting conversations from the apartment below that they can hear through their heating vent. In "Will On Ice," Jack and Karen strike up an unlikely friendship when discussing ice skaters, while Will's birthday is set to turn out badly again - and he can't even get a cowboy cake!
In "My Fair Maid-y," Grace is freaking out thinking that she has lost all creative inspiration she ever had for interior designing. It's not long before Will's cleaning lady is claimed as Grace's saviour. In "The Unsinkable Mommy Adler," Grace's mother shows up with an outrageous suggestion that Will and Grace should get married! In "Big Brother Is Coming Part 1," Grace is trying to re-unite Will with his brother who cut him out of his life years ago. In "Big Brother Is Coming Part 2," Grace appear to have made a mistake in her attempts to re-unite Will with his brother. In "Yours, Mine Or Ours," Will and Grace argue over a guy who has separately invited them both to dinner.
In "Secrets And Lays," the whole four go to stay in a log cabin for a weekend. Grace sets it up as a solution for Will's 'Split With Michael' Anniversary, but a blast from the past threatens to blow her cover. In "Grace Replaced," Will is off seeing another woman while Grace is extremely busy. Is Grace a little jealous? In "Will Works Out," Jack joins Will's gym but this leads to all sorts of problems for Will and his reputation with clients who also go to his gym. In "Saving Grace," Grace potentially lands a huge deal with a male client, but Will has to go out with him for Grace to be successful in her deal. In "Alley Cats," Will and Grace have to curb their competitive streaks when they stand to lose their friends, whilst Jack is performing CPR on Karen.
Will & Grace is a fairly new comedy in the UK, and its popularity is just soaring, and we're only on Season 3! The show has longevity, and that's what will make it one of the most popular sitcoms in history. Will's crazy moments, Grace's wacky situations, Jack's flamboyant attitude and Karen's hilarious one-liners are all in this collection for you to treasure forever. Buy the Season 1 Collection of Will & Grace now!"
I just adore Will & Grace!!
Jennifer Ortiz | Morristown, NJ United States | 06/20/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This happens to be my favorite TV show. I love everything about Will & Grace, and let's not forget Jack and Karen! Here are the episodes from the first season:1. Pilot
2. A New Lease On Life
3. Head Case
4. Between a Rock and Harlin's Place
5. Boo! Humbug
6. William, Tell
7. Where There's a Will, There's No Way
8. The Buying Game
9. The Truth about Will and Dogs
10. The Big Vent
11. Will on Ice
12. My Fair Maid-y
13. The Unsinkable Mommy Adler
14. Big Brother is Coming, Part I
15. Big Brother is Coming, Part II
16. Yours, Mine & Ours
17. Secrets & Lays
18. Grace, Replaced
19. Will Works Out
20. Saving Grace
21. Alley CatsA couple of my favorite Episodes are Boo! Humbug, when Jack gets dressed as David "Hutch" Soul of Starsky and Hutch and Karen gets dressed as the Cat Woman and they go to the Halloween parade in the Village filled with drag queens, it is hilarous!! Another great episode is Grace, Replaced. Will starts hanging out with Val, a neighbor played by Molly Shannon, while Grace is consumed with work. Grace starts to feel like she's being replaced by Val and fights her to win Will back.I can't wait for the next four season's to come out on DVD. This series is a keeper.Jennifer"
Fantastic and timeless fun!! DVD packaging is very nice!!
Mr. Stanley M. Schmidt | Rockford, IL | 08/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a little bit review and lot more information. I waited at the video store and ran in when it opened at 10:00am and grabbed my copy of this DVD. I've been a fan for years, so I couldn't believe they FINALLY got around to releasing Season One!!Here's the scoop on the DVDs:First of all, the DVD packaging is VERY WELL done. It's a multiple fold-out, single piece case and has each character depicted on one of the four discs. The still photos on the inside let us remember some of the funnier scenes. Each disc has the episode name, air date and a brief description of the episode. NBC, Komut Entertainment and 3 Sisters should be VERY proud of the presentation. Disc 1
1) The Pilot; air date: 9/21/1998
2) A New Lease on Life; air date: 9/28/1998
3) Head Case; air date: 10/5/1998
4) Between a Rock and a Harlin's Place; air date: 10/12/1998
5) Boo Humbug; air date: 10/26/1998Disc 2
SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast Interview (Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes), Creators Interview (David Kohan and Max Matchnick) and Director Interview (James Burrows)
1) William, Tell; air date: 11/9/1998
2) Where There's a Will, There's No Way; air date: 11/16/1998
3) The Buying Game; air date: 11/30/1998
4) The Truth About Will and Dogs; air date: 12/15/1998
5) The Big Vent; air date: 1/5/1999
6) Will on Ice, air date: 1/12/1999Disc 3
SPECIAL FEATURES: Themed Featurettes
1) My Fair Maid-Y; air date: 2/2/1999
2) The Unsinkable Mommy Adler; air date: 2/9/1999
3) Big Brother is Coming, Part I; air date: 2/16/1999
4) Big Brother is Coming, Part II; air date: 2/23/1999
5) Yours, Mine or Ours; air date: 3/2/1999
6) Secrets & Lays; air date: 3/23/1999Disc 4
1) Grace Replaced; air date: 4/8/1999
2) Will Works Out; air date: 4/22/1999
3) Saving Graces; air date: 4/29/1999
4) Alley Cats; air date: 5/6/1999
5) Object of My Rejection; air date: 5/13/1999It sure whisks you down memory lane when you see these actors in their youth. Trust me, this DVD collection is superior!"
One of the best comedy series on TV...
Britt Gillette | Chesapeake, VA USA | 04/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Premiering in the Fall of 1998, Will & Grace has become one of the most celebrated shows of its time. Nominated for 49 Emmys, and winner of 12 (including Outstanding Comedy Series in 2000), the show follows the lives of two best friends who live together. With a plethora of other award nominations - 24 Golden Globes, 14 SAG Awards, and 6 People's Choice Awards, Will & Grace continues to light up the small screen with its unique brand of comic humor and groundbreaking sitcom format...
Debra Messing stars in the role of Grace Adler, a straight interior designer who moves into an apartment with her best friend Will (Eric McCormack). Friends since college, Will is a successful lawyer who also happens to be gay (thus, keeping their relationship from becoming a permanent romantic one). Having dated before Will came out of the closet, the two maintain a more intimate relationship than mere casual friends. The comic sequences involving the two are complimented by Will's flamboyantly gay friend Jack McFarland (Sean Hayes) and Grace's sarcastic, alcoholic assistant Karen Walker (Megan Mullally)...
The Will & Grace (Season 1) DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the series premiere "Love and Marriage" in which Grace, having received an unexpected marriage proposal from her boyfriend, decides to get married. Meanwhile, Will believes the marriage will be a mistake, and he decides to risk his friendship with Grace in order to tell her... Other notable episodes from Season 1 include "Between a Rock and Harlin's Place" in which Grace decorates Harlin's apartment, but gets carried away with a cowboy theme, and "The Big Vent" in which Will and Grace begin listening to their neighbors through a vent in their own apartment...
Below is a list of episodes included on the Will & Grace (Season 1) DVD:
Episode 1 (Love and Marriage) Episode 2 (A New Lease on Life) Episode 3 (Head Case) Episode 4 (Between a Rock and Harlin's Place) Episode 5 (Boo! Humbug) Episode 6 (William, Tell) Episode 7 (Where There's a Will, There's No Way) Episode 8 (The Buying Game) Episode 9 (The Truth About Will and Dogs) Episode 10 (The Big Vent) Episode 11 (Will on Ice) Episode 12 (My Fair Maid-y) Episode 13 (The Unsinkable Mommy Adler) Episode 14 (Big Brother is Coming: Part 1) Episode 15 (Big Brother is Coming: Part 2) Episode 16 (Yours, Mine or Ours) Episode 17 (Secrets and Lays) Episode 18 (Grace, Replaced) Episode 19 (Will Works Out) Episode 20 (Saving Grace) Episode 21 (Alley Cats) Episode 22 (Object of My Rejection)
The DVD Report"
Let's start at the very beginning...
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 12/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"WILL AND GRACE is probably one of the most refreshingly-hilarious sitcoms to come along in recent years. The ensemble cast is perfect, the writing pin-sharp and storylines ideal. The first season of the show still holds up pretty well (though the show only started to hit it's stride midway through season two).
"Pilot" - Will (Eric McCormack) has arranged for his friend Jack (Sean Hayes) to move into his apartment, until his best friend Grace (Debra Messing) has a bitter breakup with her boyfriend.
"A New Lease on Life" - Will tries to discourage Grace from moving in with him, whilst crazy Jack is slowly driving Will `round the bend.
"Head Case" - Tensions run on high in the Will-Grace apartment when Grace decides they need to renovate the bathroom.
"Between a Rock and Harlin's Place" - Grace accepts the offer to revovate Harlin's (Gary Grubbs) apartment, which infuriates Will.
"Boo Humbug" - Will and Grace have settled down to spend Halloween night watching a series of Ingmar Bergman films when Harlin is called away and needs them to babysit.
"William, Tell" - Grace becomes intrigued when Jack lets slip that Will had a secret affair last summer.
"Where There's a Will, There's No Way" - Grace blames her failing lovelife on Will's influence.
"The Buying Game" - Grace has the option of buying her rented studio space, but is shocked by Will's take-no-prisoners approach to deals.
"The Truth About Will and Dogs" - Grace decides to buy a dog, and Will becomes insane treating the dog like a newborn baby.
"The Big Vent" - Through an accident, Will and Grace start eavesdropping on the couple in the apartment below.
"Will on Ice" - It's Will's birthday but Grace and Jack want to go see an iceskating show. Foolishly Will decides to tag along...
"My Fair Maid-y" - Grace is suffering major creative-block and the apartment is a shambles so Will employs a rather unorthodox maid (Wendie Jo Sperber).
"The Unsinkable Mommy Adler" - Grace's mother (Debbie Reynolds) comes to visit and Will drops a crushing bombshell on Grace.
"Big Brother is Coming (Part 1)" - It's Jack's 29th birthday and Karen (Megan Mullally) is planning a huge bash for her `poodle', complete with a 5-second `appearance' of Leslie Uggams and Will's estranged brother (John Slattery).
"Big Brother is Coming (Part 2)" - After the disastrous birthday, Will and Jack lick their wounds.
"Your's, Mine or Our's" - A good-looking but sexually-ambiguous new tenant moves in, and so do Will and Grace.
"Secrets and Lays" - Jack, Karen and Grace take Will for a weekend in Vermont to forget the anniversary of his ex-boyfriend.
"Grace Replaced" - A new neighbour, Val (Molly Shannon) becomes Will's friend and sets about replacing Grace in his life!
"Will Works Out" - Jack becomes a member at Will's gym, stirring up a lot of feelings about his sexuality.
"Saving Grace" - In order to land a well-paying design job, Grace has to act like a pimp by arranging a date between Will and her prospective boss.
"Alley Cats" - Grace's insane compulsion to always be the winner on `Games Night' almost ruins a friendship.
"Object of My Rejection" - Karen's maid Rosario (Shelley Morrison) is about to be deported until Jack offers to marry her. Grace's ex-boyfriend from Episode One comes back on the scene.
Some good extras (interviews with the cast and crew) as well as some needless ones (montages of the characters and situations featured during the season), which you'd already know if you've watched the episodes!"