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Friday, May 19, 2006

Will & Grace Finale

Who would’ve thought Will & Grace would offer up a better finale than the West Wing? The show took a surprising risk, and showed what happened to the characters twenty years into the future instead of wrapping up a short-range story line. While it did not offer edge-of-your-seat suspense, the finale offered a realistic view of the complex relationship between a gay man and straight woman.

Scoff if you will, but the relationship between the two main characters was always complex. The question of “where the hell is this going” was never far from the show. The answer — not too far — may have been disheartening, though it was ultimately softened by “fate” leading their children to meet, seemed realistic.

Of course, sit-com finales always seem a bit disappointing in the one element that made them thrive — humor. Will & Grace was really no different, but did an above average job of remember the laughs. But it was certainly not a laugh riot, as the necessity of story-telling to tie up loose ends took over.

The hour of behind-the-scenes clips before the show, however, provided a great reminder of how funny the show once was. I will admit I was reluctant to watch a show with a gay main character. But after missing half of the first show I watched busting a gut at Jack, I was hooked. Though it lagged a bit in the final seasons, Will & Grace was always worth it to make a point to watch.

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