Tonight will see Channel 4 screen the last ever episodes of the long-running US sitcom Will and Grace, and who’d have known? The channel that used to proudly include the gay comedy in their Friday night comedy scheduling have long since fallen out of love with Will, Jack, Karen and Grace and now their swansong is reduced to a slot after midnight (which should be listed as Thursday, but thought that might confuse readers.) I understand that this was already broadcast on Living, but for those with only terrestrial programming it’s a big ask to stay up so late.
Looking back over the comedy, which first aired in the UK in 1998 (when I was doing my A-Levels – eek!) there have been many fantastic moments and even more featuring A-list celebrities. I enjoyed Kevin Bacon footloosing, a gay Michael Douglas fancying Will and Glenn Close’s dry-humping photographer. And so as the series wraps up with babies, separations and reunions, we wave a fond farewell to the silly Manhattan foursome and salute the show that helped bring gay characters into mainstream comedy.