Will & Grace: The Finale (series finale)
(S08E23) There are those who are die-hard fans of Will & Grace, which premiered on the NBC schedule back in 1998. Then there are those who despise the show, which is about the relationship between Grace Adler (Debra Messing) and her gay friend Will Truman (Eric McCormack). The fans love the back-and-forth between the two characters and the dynamic of their relationship. Those who hate the show may be uncomfortable with the subject matter (homosexuality) or the cartoon-ish characterizations of Will and Grace's friends Jack McFarland (Sean Hayes) and Karen Walker (Megan Mullally ), or the fact that it's just not funny.
I fall under neither category. I liked Will & Grace, but was not a huge fan. I'd watch it if I happened to see something interesting going on, and I'd laugh at a few of the lines (not as heartily as I would laugh during an episode of Scrubs, though). Yet, Jack annoyed me sometimes and the influx of guest stars on the show was somewhat distracting. In fact, over the last few years I didn't really follow it at all.
However, as this would be the last episode of the series, I decided to give it a review. My opinion on the last show of the series? Meh.
For the most part this series finale was okay. The basic theme of the episode was destiny: no matter what separated Will and Grace throughout their lives (marriage, raising children) the connection that they had would always remain. Director and Executive Producer James Burrows presented this well, although a bit disjointedly, as the episode jumped in time to a point approximately 20 years in the future (which, according to Will, is when George Clooney returns to ER, in its 33rd season). It was interesting to see that even the son and daughter of the two characters would have the same chemistry as their parents (although, they would get married in the end, unlike WIll and Grace).
I had an issue with the subplot, which involved Jack prostituting himself out to diminutive millionaire Beverly Leslie (Leslie Jordan) in order for Karen, whose huge divoce settlement was nullfied, to live the life of luxury she was used to. It just felt very unreal compared to other things going on during the show. Things got back on track towards the end as Karen, who was living with Jack for the last 20 years, professed that was the best, and longest, relationship she had.
In the end the show came down to what it was all about in the first place: friendship and the bonds that tie people together. As the four friends drank together at the local bar you realized that, no matter what went on in their lives, they would always have a connection.
While not as satisfying as, say, the Friends finale (I mean, Rachel and Ross get back together. C'mon!) or as crushing as the Seinfeld finale (need I say more?), the series finale to Will & Grace did have its moments and came back to the original concept of friendship among a close group of people. There were some moments where I did laugh out loud, but they were few. I also enjoyed the duet of
Unforgivable Unforgettable by Karen and Jack (who have very nice singing voices), but I didn't understand what it was doing for the plot.
While it had a good run I think the time was ripe to move on to make way for the new generation of comedies, such as My Name is Earl and The Office. So long Will & Grace; thanks for hanging in there for so long.