||WILL & GRACE made a controversial splash when it first aired in 1998 with the presence of openly gay characters, something that was relatively foreign to prime-time family-oriented programming. The show went on to become an overwhelmingly successful hit due to the chemistry between Debra Messing (Grace) and Eric McCormack (Will), as well as its unique brand of physical, almost slapstick comedy blended with sly, sarcastic sociopolitical commentary. The series follows the exploits of two unusually close best friends; Grace is a goofy, sexy interior designer and Will is a suave, elegant gay man. The two have a relationship that borders on co-dependence, resembling a marriage without sex. They are also joined on the show by Jack, Will's flamboyant friend, Karen, Grace's sassy, spoiled assistant, and a host of guest stars. ^In the sixth season, Grace struggles in her marriage to Leo (Harry Connick, Jr.), while Karen falls in love and lust with Lyle (John Cleese). Will continues his search for Mr. Right, meeting a mama's boy (Dylan McDermott) and a handsome cop (Bobby Canavale), while Jack graduates from nursing school. This season also features other guest stars including Minnie Driver, Jack Black, and Dave Foley.
||Emmy, Leslie Jordan, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
||Emmy, Bobby Cannavale, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series,People's Choice, Will & Grace, Favorite Television Comedy
||Emmy, Gene Wilder, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series,Emmy, Debra Messing, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
||Emmy, Glenda Rovello, Melinda Ritz, Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series,Emmy, Tony Askins, Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series,Emmy, Eric McCormack, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
||Emmy, David Kohan, et. al., Outstanding Comedy Series,Emmy, Sean Hayes, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series,Emmy, Megan Mullally, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
||People's Choice, Will & Grace, Favorite Television New Comedy Series