How Will and Grace inspired memorable gay characters
As Will and Grace makes its debut on digital channel Sony Entertainment Television, we profile more memorable gay characters.
If you're a Will and Grace fan, you'll be doubly happy. In addition to airing in the mornings on Channel 4, digital broadcaster Sony Entertainment Television (SET) is also giving it an airing.
You can see the star-studded comedy every weekday at 5.45pm on SET, giving old fans and new viewers a chance to catch up with the awesome foursome of Will (Eric McCormack), Grace (Smash's Debra Messing), Jack (Sean Hayes) and Karen (Megan Mullally).
This comedy series revolved around a kooky straight woman (Grace) and her level-headed gay best friend (Will), but the bigger laughs often came courtesy of Grace's outrageous employee Karen and Will's flamboyant friend Jack.
One of the most popular US shows during its 1998 to 2006 run, Will and Grace won 16 Emmys among its awards haul. But more importantly, it is credited with helping to break down barriers and prejudices within American culture.
US Vice President Joe Biden cited Will and Grace as playing an integral role in changing public perceptions about gay rights in America. "I think Will and Grace probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody's ever done so far," he said.
It seems fitting to honour Will and Grace by looking at some other pivotal gay characters in American TV series.
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