'Will & Grace' went after Trump in their latest episode
Ah Will & Grace, how we have missed you. With the first episode debuting back in 1998, the next eight years were full of laughs as we followed the story of Will, the gay lawyer (played by Eric McCormack), as well as his best friend Grace, an interior designer brought to life by Debra Messing.
In its time, the show was critically acclaimed, with 83 Emmy Award nominations in eight years culminating in 16 wins, including one for each member of the cast apart from Shelley Morrison (who played Rosario the maid). Although the show dipped slightly in quality, it remains one of the biggest cultural sitcoms of the early 2000s.
But now, it's back!
Yes, after more than a decade away from our screens, Will & Grace returned to NBC on September 28 this year. Back in the day, the show was praised for its work in familiarising the wider population with LGBT culture, but on its return, Will & Grace was not only topical, it was pretty biting too.
In the latest season of the sitcom, Will and Grace, as well as two of the best supporting characters ever in Jack and Karen (played by Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally, respectively), as Grace gets a gig redecorating the Oval Office at the White House, thanks to Karen's close friend Melania Trump. As you might expect, hilarity ensues.
Grace walks into the Oval Office, and what she says next is one of several great Trump jokes throughout the next hilarious half-hour.
"I am awed by the majesty of this office. Just think of the great minds that sat at this desk, shaped the course of history. [Opens a box on Trump’s desk]... A Russian-English dictionary and a fidget spinner."
A Secret Service Agent even jokes to Jack: "My job’s gotten a lot easier. The nutjobs we protected the last president from are this guy’s biggest supporters." Throughout the episode, there were little nods to the political occurrences of the last nine months or so, with Will & Grace fans quick to notice and praise the sitcom. Clearly, it's been missed quite a lot.
In the midst of so much political discourse, it's refreshing to see that Will & Grace aren't holding back, and speaking at a Tribeca TV panel, co-creator David Kohan nailed his colours to the mast, saying he'd rather be a "son of a bitch" (referring to Trump's comments about NFL player Colin Kaepernick after he kneeled for the national anthem) than "the son of someone who was arrested at a KKK rally."
Well, guys. It looks as if Will & Grace is back, after so many years. The television landscape, not to mention the cultural landscape, has changed immeasurably since their departure, but what last week's episode demonstrates is that this show is more than willing to make up for lost time. Donald Trump has caught a lot of flak in television shows since his presidency, not least from Saturday Night Live, and in Will & Grace, he definitely does not have any fans. Let's Make America Gay Again!