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Why Will & Grace Was Important

We've partnered with Stan for the final season of Will & Grace, now streaming.

The time has come, honeys – the final season of Will & Grace is upon us.

The first episode of the last season has just dropped on Stan, which means I've had time to reflect on the impact this iconic show has had during its 21-year reign.

Despite some initial pushback on Will & Grace when it premiered back in 1998, the unconventional sitcom rapidly became a mainstream hit.

While a show about a gay man and his straight best friend sounds fairly run—of—the—mill in 2019, that wasn't the case in a decade when the LGBTQ+ community were comparatively more marginalised than today (still not great now but progress is key), and gay marriage wasn't even close to becoming legal in America, nor Australia, nor the rest of the world.

At the time, it was a bold decision for any major TV network to take a chance on a show we now consider the norm, and the fact that the network was lauded for taking such a 'huge risk' should tell you all you need to know about that decade.

Will & Grace came out when I was six years old, so the impact it had fell on my deaf little ears for its initial eight seasons.

But when the iconic show received an order for an additional three seasons in 2017, my adult ears kicked into gear. What was this show I'd heard about for so long, but had never cared to watch?

My fellow gays may consider it blasphemy to say I hadn't watched Will & Grace until 2017, but I'd like to remind everyone that I'm behind on almost every cult show - for context, I only started watching Gilmore Girls this year.

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