[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/img_0944_6.JPG]] [[caption-width-right:350: From left to right: [[CampGay Jack]], [[RichBitch Karen]], [[GayBestFriend Will]], and [[FieryRedhead Grace]].]]

A domestic SitCom airing on Creator/{{NBC}} from 1998–2006, about a gay man, Will Truman (Eric [=McCormack=]), and a straight woman, Grace Adler (Creator/DebraMessing), who are best friends and eventually roommates. The show chronicles the changes that their relationship undergoes as Grace dumps her fiancé and Will breaks up with Michael, his long-term boyfriend. They are also joined by Will's [[VitriolicBestBuds "friend"]] Jack [=McFarland=] (Sean Hayes) and Grace's "assistant", the perpetually drunk millionaire Karen Walker (Megan Mullaly).

And it's also worth noting that ''Will & Grace'' is one of the few sitcoms in which all the four main actors won an Emmy, which is remarkable! (The only other two on record are ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' and ''Series/TheGoldenGirls,'' so they're in good company.) Also, it featured the final acting work of Creator/GeneWilder before he quit in disgust at the turns the industry was taking and turned entirely to writing.

The show originally ran for eight seasons. In 2017, NBC ordered [[http://deadline.com/2017/01/will-grace-return-nbc-season-9-1201888523/ a ninth season revival]] with the original cast reprising their roles.
!!This show provides examples of:
* AccidentalAdultery: Karen starts up a relationship with another man after her husband Stan supposedly dies. Stan later turns out to have faked his death, but Karen has already divorced her new husband by this time. (In fact, she requests a divorce during the ''wedding reception''.)
* ACupAngst: Grace, as often mocked by Karen
* AllGaysArePromiscuous: Played straight with Jack, averted with Will.
-->'''Jack''': I go on literally thousands of dates a year.
-->'''Will''': That doesn't make you an expert, that makes you an ''escort.''
* AllJewsAreAshkenazi: Zigzagged. Grace hires a new secretary from Iran who gets away with answering the phone in Farsi and acting extremely unprofessionally in general, to the point she shreds plans Grace worked on all night for an important client. She is overjoyed when she discovers that the secretary is Jewish and gleefully fires her. It looks like an aversion of this trope at first glance, but the employee said she was Jewish ‘like a brisket’, which is hardly a universal staple of Jewish cuisine.
* AllJustADream: That DistantFinale from the end of season 8? Turns out, Karen hallucinated that.
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Grace's parents mainly, but Will's sometimes as well.
* AmicableExes: Will and Grace dated each other in college before Will came out of the closet. In a way the entire show is kind of built on this trope
* AnimalChickMagnet: Jack used Will's dog to pick up guys.
* AnticlimacticParent: Jack's dad. Later recycled for Vince's dad.
* AtTheOperaTonight: Karen takes Grace to the opera several times throughout the series.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Will, Grace, Jack and Karen snark at eachother a lot, but they're all very good friends in the end.
* BabiesEverAfter: The series finale. Taken further by a time jump where we find that [[spoiler: Will and Grace's son and daughter meet as college freshmen and are attracted to each other, and eventually marry several years down the road.]]
** This also qualifies the two of them for [[spoiler: BestFriendsInLaw]].
* BaitAndSwitchComparison: In the first episode of the 2017 revival.
-->'''Grace:''' We should just be what we've always been.\\
'''Jack:''' A sad, middle-aged lady. And Grace.
* BareYourMidriff: Jack and Karen often lift up their shirts and press their bare stomachs together.
** Grace has a lot of clothes that do this.
* BiTheWay: Karen, seemingly, [[RealitySubtext whose actress is bi as well]]. This is played for laughs rather than used for any serious plots, though. She seems to be more along the lines of AnythingThatMoves or "too drunk to tell the difference".
** Also, a pansexual chef gets into a love triangle with Will and Karen; ''Karen'', of all people, thinks this means "attracted to cookware".
*** Then he mentions casually that he's also getting it on with Rosario, which is [[TooSpicyForYogSothoth too much even for Karen.]]
* TheBrainlessBeauty: Jack
* BeautifulAllAlong: Barry. Everyone thinks he looks awful at first. Get rid of his beard and glasses and trim his hair and suddenly everyone's attracted to him.
* BrilliantButLazy: Jack has many talents if just applied himself such as the time he became a male nurse. He can also write really good homo-erotic novels but only when he's depressed.
* ButchLesbian: There is a recurring butch delivery woman character who seems to be into Grace, despite having a wife, and Jack and Will also have kite-selling friends, a butch/femme couple, who Jack nicknames "Starsky and Butch".
** Elliot's mother, played by Rosie O'Donnell, is on the butch side. The notion of a butch lesbian recurs: Grace says at a Human Rights Campaign dinner that she got her eyebrows waxed in the men's room and learned how to rewire a lamp in the ladies' room; when Jack says that he wants artistic advice from a real woman rather than a bunch of lesbians, Grace says he should know better than to stereotype lesbians, and then wonders aloud whether she can get them to fix her watch.
** This is subverted with a character played by Edie Falco who, along with her partner, plays a sexy, powerful real estate agent who is a lesbian.
* ButNotTooGay: A common criticism of this show, regarding Will's love life. Ironic because [=McCormack=] is straight but Creator/JohnBarrowman, who is gay, tested for the character of Will and was said to be "not gay enough," which is astonishing to anyone who has met him in person.
** Early on in the show we see Jack's one-nighters and friends from time to time, then we never actually see Jack with anyone again until he gets together with Stuart (briefly)
%%* CallingTheOldManOut
* CampGay: Jack, occasionally Will.
* CampStraight: Played for laughs in one episode. Jack gets into a gay men's chorus. Will quips, "Is the gay men's chorus really any gayer than the straight men's chorus?" Turns out that the chorus's very heterosexual and masculine soloist Owen is posing as a gay guy so he can join the chorus on their trip through Europe: "I love to sing choral music, but there's no room for a straight guy in that world. All I wanted was to sing and be accepted, and maybe dance a little too."
%%* CarryingACake
* CelebrityParadox: In one episode Grace says she knows that Will is pouting because she watches ''Series/AllyMcBeal'' and knows what pouting looks like. She obviously knows what she's talking about, considering before ''Will & Grace'', [=Eric McCormack=], who plays Will, appeared in ''Ally [=McBeal=]'' (as a lawyer, no less!).
** Many of the show's guest stars are mentioned/referenced on the show, but they didn't appear as themselves, such as Madonna, Britney Spears, Rosie O'Donnell, Demi Moore, and Matt Damon.
** In season 5, When Jack sees Lorraine in Stan's funeral, he says, "We hate her even more than the know-it-all daughter on the Series/GilmoreGirls." Two of Grace's one-time romantic interests (Campbell, played by Scott Patterson and John Gregorio, played by David Sutcliffe) were on that show as Lorelai Gilmore (the know-it-all daughter's mother)'s main romantic interests, Christopher and Luke.
** One episode has Jack and Karen got upset that ''Series/{{Friends}}'' and ''Series/SexAndTheCity'' are ending. Janice from Friends (Maggie Wheeler) has appeared on the show as one of the guests at Danny's wedding, Polly, while later Charlotte from Sex and The City (Kristin Davis) appears as Vince's FagHag, Nadine.
** In the revival, ''Series/{{Riverdale}}'' and its main character, Archie, are mentioned. Luke Perry, who plays Fred Andrews (Archie's father) in that show, guest starred in the original series as one of Jack's crushes.
* TheCharmer: Leo, Grace's [[spoiler: future husband and father of her child]]. Actually parodied in an episode where he and Grace find out Karen hates his guts despite the fact that everyone else loves him. The matter is resolved this way: "There. We're all friends now -- on the surface where it counts".
* ChewBubblegum: From the episode "Ben? Her?": Grace: "Do whatever you want, 'cause today I'm handing out lollipops and ass whoopings, and I'm all out of lollipops."
* ChildishPillowFight: In "Eleven Years Later", Will and Grace have one in, of all places, the White House.
* ChivalrousPervert: Leo has streaks of this.
* CitizenshipMarriage: Rosario's temporary marriage to Jack, and the source of a separate arc where Grace marries Will's Canadian boyfriend.
* CloudCuckooLander: Jack, Karen and Karen's later love interest played by Alec Baldwin. With Baldwin, we are never really sure how much of his insanity is true because there are some hints that he is indeed a government agent of some sort. Or he could just be completely bonkers.
** He is eventually revealed to be working for Karen's BackFromTheDead husband Stan, but as we [[TheUnseen never really meet him]] and [[NoodleIncident never really find out what he gets up to in the business world]], it's hard to say just what Malcolm does for him.
%%* ClothingSwitch
* ComingOutStory: A couple of times throughout the show; there's Will's play 'Bye Bi-Sexual' and one episode that deals with Jack coming out to his mother.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: When Grace tells Will that his dad is having an affair, Will is too distracted by the fact that Grace found out while at Seussical The Musical to grasp what she's saying.
* ComicalOverreacting: Most of the cast will sometimes have an overreaction. Jack does it the most.
* CondescendingCompassion: Will's mother towards Grace about Hanukkah.
%%* ConfessionDeferred
%%* ConflictingLoyalties
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Karen throws a wild party and trashes Will's apartment in one episode. Her punishment? Will denies Karen her afternoon Martini (a.k.a. "dessert") -- and makes her look at Grace's endless honeymoon photos.
-->'''Karen:''' ''(to Will)'' I HATE YOU!
-->'''Grace:''' Roll one - my ''luggage!''
* DanceOff: Jack once tried out to be a dancer for Music/JanetJackson. Janet realizes that she doesn't need another dancer and has him compete with another more seasoned dancer in a dance off. [[spoiler: The rival wins, but Janet decides she doesn't need him either]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Everyone at some point. Most often Will, especially in the first season. Eric [=McCormack=] went on record of saying that he was happy when Will became less of a straight man (pardon the pun) and got to do a lot more physical comedy (one of the first was when Will said something stupid to a cute bookstore employee; he puts him on hold, smacks himself in the head with the phone, screams out "Idiot," and resumes the conversation in less than two seconds.)
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Partway through, they started to imply VagueAge with Karen, joking either she made a deal with the devil, or was so perpetually filled with pills and alcohol, she was somehow pickled and therefore immortal. She then would occasionally make a comment that would sound more appropriate coming from a bigoted person from the turn of the ''last'' century. She refused to believe that a woman could be a doctor, and when Rosario once said that she played Maria in a production of ''The Sound of Music,'' Karen said she would have paid six chickens to see that (Rosario's response: "It was an Equity Theater, you racist bitch.") Frequently she comments that she believes that El Salvador (where Rosario is from) is some dusty, barren SouthOfTheBorder LatinLand stereotype.
* DidYouJustHaveSex: Karen is able to tell at a glance whether Grace has had sex recently.
* DistantFinale: The original series finale, where [[spoiler:Will and Grace grew apart, then reconnected when their children meet at college. RetConned in the 2017 revival as [[AllJustADream a dream Karen had]].]]
* TheDitz: Jack, and Karen sometimes.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: One of Karen's socialite rivals gets shoulder implants and acts like she just had a baby.
* DoubleEntendre: This show is built on it.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Originally Karen's voice was only high-pitched when she got excited. It quickly became her normal tone of voice. This is most noticeable in the pilot, but her deeper "normal" voice still appears erratically through the first few episodes.
* EarpieceConversation: Jack tries hitting on a man while working in a retail store where he wears an earpiece; Will feeds him lines so he can look smart. The guy isn't taken in, finds Will, and asks ''him'' out.
* EarWorm: InUniverse on the season nine episode "Friends and Lover". Will and Grace can't stand a commercial jingle for something called "Trucks for Tykes" because it's too catchy. Jack and Karen end up getting the song in their heads and [[SanitySlippage it quickly drives them mad.]]
* EffeminateMisogynisticGuy: Jack DID occasionally have [[HetIsEw elements of this]], but it varied from episode to episode due to RuleOfFunny.
* EskimosArentReal: Semi-example, Karen about an ex-gay group:
-->"Honey, this is a cult! Yeah! Like the Moonies or the homeless."
* EstablishingShot: Typically of Will's apartment building or Grace's office.
* EthnicMenialLabor: Rosario
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Karen has a great rack. No, like, a ''really'' great rack. Gay, straight, whatever, no one is immune to Karen's boobs and the show takes full advantage of this fact.
* EveryoneHasStandards: Karen is a GoldDigger, but ''not'' a hooker. In her own way, she does love Stan, her husband.
* FagHag: Grace to Will, Karen to Jack.
* {{Fiction 500}}: Stan's company, Walker Inc. We never really find out what it does (aside from a subsidiary called Walker Property Management that owns several New York apartment buildings of various quality,) or what it's worth, aside from the fact that it has left Stan and Karen '''ungodly''' rich. When Stan puts Karen on a budget, Karen wonders how she'll survive. She writes the number for Grace, who looks and says that Karen should be able to survive on the amount since ''Spain'' does.
* FieryRedhead: Grace, on occasion.
* {{Flanderization}}: Karen's shrillness and addictions, and Jack's shrillness and idiocy.
** Also Grace became much more neurotic and self-obsessed, and Will became much more whiny and his CampGay tendencies along with Jack's increased.
* {{Flopsy}}: Val in the Season Nine episode "There's Something About Larry" jumps on Karen's car. Karen assumes it's for money, but later Val confesses that she just wants to be friends.
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Will is melancholic, Grace is phlegmatic, Jack is sanguine, and Karen is choleric.
* FriendlyEnemy: Beverley Leslie (Leslie Jordan), Marlo Thomas, Candy Pruitt (Christine Ebersole), Helena Barnes (Joan Collins) for Karen.
* FunctionalAddict: Karen is by far the most heavily addicted drunk on television.
%%* {{Garfunkel}}
* GagBoobs: "Das Boob", an entire episode built around this trope. Due to error in a newspaper article about Grace appears in the accompanying photograph to have a huge rack. She then hears from a high school crush who wants to see her. The gang are convinced the illusion of her enormous breasts are responsible. Karen convinces her to obtain the "waterbra" which later in the episode fails miserably and hilariously. While on Series/InsideTheActorsStudio Creator/DebraMessing stated that this episode was her personal favorite.

-->'''Grace (tries on the GagBoobs):''' Leave it to a man to invent a bra filled with water...
-->'''Karen:''' They're worn by everyone in your condition. They make objects appear closer than they really are! Now let's buy that puppy and get the hell out of here...
-->'''Grace:''' No Karen I don't need this. I don't need lingerie that goldfish could live in... John likes me for me
-->'''Karen (laughing):''' ...Grace, Did John have a girlfriend in high school?
-->'''Grace:''' Yeah Judy Lombardosi...
-->'''Karen:''' Right and was her nickname..."Slutty Big Boobs"?!
-->'''Grace:''' Noooo! It was "Judy Lombard-look-at-dem-dozies" (beat) I'll take one in every color
* GayConservative: Beverly Leslie. ("Oh, Benji, I can't stand the sight of all this...homosexual dancing!")
** Also Ted Bauers, who runs for mayor in one episode. Will supports him because he's a gay man, without knowing anything about his policies. Will is then horrified when at a gathering Will hosts to support him, Bauers says homeless people should be bussed out of the city, and concludes his speech with "women in the home, force those foreigners to speak our language, and if God didn't want some people to be poor, He'd give them money."
* {{Gayngst}}: Mostly averted, but toyed with when it comes to character histories.
* {{Gayngster}}: Parodied with the Gay Mafia, with Elton John as the Don.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: In-universe with Karen; between her second and third marriage, she traveled around Asia, and once she was featured in a Japanese ad for an energy drink, she became a big sensation in Japan (so big, she's still being recognized by Japanese tourists to this very day.)
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In the episode "The Big Vent" Grace is listening through her heating vent and overhears a couple having an affair, the first line said by the man involved in the affair is "you taste good!" (I'm sure you can guess what he's referring to that "tastes" good) I'm amazed that line slipped past the censors.
** Also, In "Bacon and Eggs" Jack gets Will to help him stalk Kevin Bacon. Of course, all is revealed eventually and included this very specific sexual reference as a throwaway line:
-->'''Jack (to Kevin Bacon, pointing at Will):''' You shouldn't be dancing with him! He's not your stalker your stalker is still at large!
-->''' Kevin (to Jack,pointing at Will):''' But you fingered this guy!
-->''' Jack:''' I did not, we were just holding hands.
** In "Star Spangled Banter", Jack smooths out some turmoil existing between Karen and his son Elliott. When he's hugging her goodbye, Elliott asks Karen if he can come back and play with her UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}} and she says "of course." Then after he leaves, she looks at her gaming console.
-->'''Karen:'''Oh, would ya look at that, this thing is called an Xbox too!
** When Grace gets kicked out of her card game, she says she's going to "play with herself" leading to her getting some strange looks, then she quickly corrects herself "I mean play BY myself".
* TheGhost: Stan Walker and his son Mason.
* GoodOlBoy: Will's biggest client, Harlan. (Soon to be ''ex'' biggest client, resulting in Will's unemployment).
* GoToAlias: Karen uses "Anastasia Beaverhausen".
-->'''Karen''': "''Anastasia Beaverhausen. Anastasia as in Russian royalty. Beaverhausen as in...where the beaver live''"
%%* GymBunny
* HairstyleMalfunction: [[PlayedForLaughs Karen's extension wig comes off or is pulled off in numerous episodes]]
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler: At the end, Will and Vince, Grace and Leo.]] The other married couples in the show fight like cats and dogs, though.
%%* HaveIMentionedIAmGay
* HasTwoMommies: {{Subverted}}. Though Elliott's parents are both homosexual, he has one mother and one father.
** Will [[spoiler: and Vince's son has two daddies, of course.]] Will's married gay friends Joe and Larry have a daughter, Hannah. In season 3 Will and Jack turn up for a fun drunken gay party and find that all their gay friends are coupled up and have kids.
** Nancy, the girl Elliott has a crush on. "''One of my moms is gay!''"
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Stan
* HetIsEw: Jack veered into this, especially when he would parrot some of the common arguments against gay rights (after shuffling around the genders:) "Heterosexuality is just wrong. If God had intended man and woman to be together, he would have given them both penises."
* HiddenDepths: Jack proves to be more than a spoiled ManChild when helps Will come out and Barry become a real gay.
* HollywoodDateless: It's hard to believe someone with Will's looks, intellect, kind heart and at worst {{Adorkable}} charms hasn't got a legion of men competing for him.
* HowWeGotHere: "Lows in the Mid-Eighties"
** Also, "Fagmalion Part One" Will flashes back to his first time in a Gay Bar (In the [[TheEighties 80's]] complete with [[GagHaircut mullets]] and Jimmy Somerville playing!) for the purposes of illustration to Barry.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: An odd example is provided by way of Karen and her husband, the morbidly obese Stan.
* IAteWhat: In "Friends and Lover", Will and Grace eat some bread that turns out to be made with snake venom.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: In the form of {{Pun Based Title}}s.
* IfIHadANickel:
-->'''Kevin Bacon''': Man if I had a dollar for every jock strap my stalker stole from me...\\
'''Jack''': You'd have $187!...\\
''(Kevin Bacon looks at him strangely)''\\
'''Jack''': ''(nervously)'' ...It's just an expression.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: Jack is repulsed by heterosexuality, but he likes experimenting with Karen.
** Subverted with Will and Grace. They never had sex during their relationship, but after they broke up, Will had sex with another woman, just to be sure he was gay. When Grace finds out about this, she is deeply wounded that Will didn't come to her, until he explains that he didn't want to jeopardize their friendship.
%%* IMissMom
* InadvertentEntranceCue: Beverly Leslie. Created some of Karen's best one liners.
--> '''Karen:''' Gosh honey... think I'm kinda jealous. I wish I had a handsome man visiting me at work\\
'''Beverly (walks in):''' Well, well, well...\\
'''Karen:''' Instead I have the world's oldest girl
** And then there's:
-->'''Karen:''' What are you having for dessert, Honey?
-->'''Jack:''' I Think I'd like something fruity, with ladyfingers\\
'''Beverly (Walks Up):''' Well, Well, Well...
** Also:
-->'''Beverly (Spins around in chair):''' Well, Well, Well, Karen Walker. So nice to see you!\\
'''Karen (Sitting in the adjacent chair):''' Ah, Beverly Leslie. If you were sitting on a phone book it'd be nice to see you too!
** Plus:
-->'''Beverly:''' Well, Well, Well... Karen Walker! I thought I smelled Gin and regret...
-->'''Karen:''' Beverly Leslie. [[TransparentCloset You look more like a woman every time I see you!]]

%%* IncompatibleOrientation
* IncrediblyLongNote: Jack singing "Papa Can You Hear Me?" from ''Yentl'' in "Sons and Lovers"
* InformedJudaism: Grace.
* ItMeantSomethingToMe: Spoken verbatim by Diane's, Will's only female bedmate.
* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Will and Grace met as freshman at Columbia, where they were also friends with Rob and Ellen. Averted, however, with Karen, who said she went to Sarah Lawrence (but could have been lying for the sake of a cheap lesbian joke,) but did attend college ''somewhere'' (it was the reason she did the dominatrix film.) It's not clear if Jack went to college ''at all.''
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Subverted with Grace when Grace tells Leo that she doesn't care about his own happiness if it effects her negatively in any way.
* Creator/JeffGoldblum: Plays the character Scott Wooly in a short arc. ''Magnificently''.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Karen, in a rather twisted way.
* LadyDrunk: Karen
* LampshadeHanging: From time to time.
** One rather golden moment was when Jack and Karen were playing with helium balloons and messing with their voices, Jack's went high pitched and squeaky, while Karen's was the same as hers was already like that.
** Another funny one: Karen was using the shower in Grace's apartment and comes out with a towel around her head. She takes it off and her hair is completely dry, prompting Grace to ask how her hair dried so quickly; Karen answers "Money".
** And in the series finale, Karen and Jack complain that sometimes they feel like supporting players on "the Will and Grace show" when their friends are acting self-absorbed.
*** Earlier, Will and Grace were arguing at Jack's one-man show he says "This is ''Just Jack'', not the Will & Grace show!"
** The episode "No SexAndTheCity" lampshades sitcom cliches and tropes.
* LargeHam: Grace's mother Bobbi (Debbie Reynolds)
* LastHetRomance: Grace was this to Will.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Harlan observes this of the eponymous duo.
-->"You ''sure'' you aren't straight? Because this sounds ''exactly'' like me and the missus."
* LipstickLesbian: Rose in the gay penguins episode. Also Amber Louise, though her feminine style may be just a put-on to help her make her way in TV.
%%* LiveEpisode
%%* MaamShock
* ManChild: Jack.
%%* MeddlingParents
%%* MinorFlawMajorBreakup
* MustHaveCaffeine: When Jack hooks up with a man who works at Jumpin Java. When the man quits his job, Jack goes into severe withdrawal.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: Jack would commonly address the other three as "Ladies... and Grace."
* NameAndName: The title of the show is Will and Grace.
* NegativeContinuity: In the first season, Will's dad says that when Will came out to his parents, he walked into the living room and said, "Mom, Dad, I'm gay, and I want to bring my boyfriend home for Christmas." From the third season onwards the story is that when Will came out to his dad they were in a car and his dad drove into a telephone pole. Then, at [[spoiler: Will's dad's funeral]], Will's mother says that they've never met any of his boyfriends. Though that's not necessarily negative continuity: Will could have intended to bring that college boyfriend home but the boyfriend had other commitments or something like that.
** Early on, Will says he fancies cowboys. Grace says, "I know. I've seen the magazines." In season 8, Will says he doesn't find cowboys sexy. Mind you, he is in a gay cowboy bar trying to repel the advances of Jack's new boyfriend, so he could be just making that one up.
%%* NeverHeardThatOneBefore
* NoBisexuals: Though there are a number of bisexual characters that make appearances throughout the show, this trope is brought in dialogue a few times. Will at one point says "Pansexual? Isn't that just a rest stop on the highway to homo?". In the first season, Will and Grace are both attracted to a new tenant in their apartment building, who seems to be potentially interested in them both. They argue over whether he's straight or gay; the possibility of his being bi is never raised. In the second season, the produce guy gives Grace his number, and everyone assumes that this means he never sleeps with guys.
* OddCouple: Will/Grace, Jack/Karen, Will/Jack, and Grace/Karen all have elements of this.
* OldShame: [[invoked]] Karen's dominatrix pornstar turn.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Eric [=McCormack=]'s native Canadian accent frequently becomes noticeable when Will gets worked up or has to speak really fast.
%%* OverAndUnderTheTop
* ParentalFavoritism: Will, the youngest of three sons, is his mother's favourite.
* ParodyEpisode: "[[SexAndTheCity No Sex 'N The City]]"
* PlatonicLifePartners: It used to be the TropeNamer for this, when the trope was confusingly named TheStraightWillAndGrace. The actual relationship of Will and Grace ''doesn't'' qualify. It's close, but Grace [[spoiler: eventually getting married and having kids]] disqualifies them, despite being in the title. Hence the rename.
* PerfectlyCromulentWord: "Spramped"
* PetHomosexual: Jack, mostly.
* PrettyInMink: Karen wears lots of furs. Many are fake, but not mentioned to be in the show, so that was likely for budget reasons. It would count as FurAndLoathing, except Grace wears a couple as well.
* PygmalionPlot: "Fagmalion", in which Will and Jack teach the StraightGay Barry to be a "proper" homosexual, then both get a crush on him.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Creator/JohnBarrowman, a gay man, tried out for Will. Producers thought he ''wasn't gay enough''. Which explains why StraightGay failed.
** Which may indicate that only Will himself is supposed to see him as such whereas he's obviously gay to everyone else, except for Grace at first.
** At the beginning of the series, Will was pretty much a 'regular guy' except that he hated sports. We heard about how as a kid he wanted a fire engine, was envious that his brother got the better bike, and wanted a cowboy cake (though that was at least partly because he was attracted to cowboys). Then we started hearing more and more about his 'effeminate' childhood tastes and current habits.
** Matt, one of Will's boyfriends, fits this trope: he's an athletic sportscaster. He also goes back in the closet because he's on TV now.
** Barry. He watches football and Will gets exasperated at him for not recognizing divas and for using a baseball metaphor.
* ResetButton: The 2017 revival ignores the events of the SeriesFinale, HandWaving it as a dream Karen had.
* RichBitch: Karen
* RoommateCom: The show revolves around the pair, Grace and Will. Both have girl/guy of the week dates, as well as a few more long-term relationships. Wacky building mate Jack falls more into the AllGaysArePromiscuous camp, although he has a stable boyfriend for a while. Grace's secretary Karen is also a Drop-In Character and goes through the dating pool a few times despite the fact that she's married to a very rich man at the start of the series.
%%* RoomShuffle
* RuleOfThree: Used in spades for comedic effect
* RummageSaleReject: Karen sees Grace as this.
* SassyBlackWoman: Mr. Doucette's assistant Ms. Freeman.
* SassySecretary: Karen is this to Grace, though she never actually does any work, not does Grace really expect her to.
%%* SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp
* ScrabbleBabble: "Spramped" and "carpouche"
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Will, but Jack even moreso, to the point where it even goes to dog whistle range.
** Actually, that wasn't Jack's screams, but rather his particular version of {{Angrish}}.
** Will also does this too, as discovered when someone tried to break into Grace's apartment.
-->'''Will:''' Did I just scream like a woman?
-->'''Grace:''' Don't flatter yourself. You scream like a little girl.
%%* SettledForGay
* ServileSnarker: Rosario
* ShipTease: Several episodes seemed to be setting up Will/Jack, particularly in the early-to-mid series, and WordOfGod has it that there were some romantic feelings there, particularly from Jack. Nothing ever really happens, though.
* SitcomArchnemesis: Mr. Zamir for Grace.
* SittingSexyOnAPiano: Karen strong-arms Will into doing this in one episode
-->'''Karen:''' You wanna be my lawyer? then sing me a love song, and make me believe it!
-->'''Will:''' ''(singing)'' I love you... I honestly love you...
-->'''Karen:''' Up on the piano and put a little [[Film/TheFabulousBakerBoys Michelle]] [[reator/MichellePfeiffer Pfeiffer]] into it!
* SpitTake:
** Season four finale, when Will tells Grace he wants to have a kid, with her, she spits out her wine.
** Season nine episode "There's Something About Larry"; Grace is eating a powdered donut when Larry tells her [[spoiler:he's in love with Will]], sending powdered sugar all over.
* SpringtimeForHitler: Will & Jack volunteered to do skit for an NYPD sensitivity training seminar along with two lesbians. Jack's dislike for them ruins it and he & Will get in to a fight. It was a success because the cops thought it was all part of the show. It even convinced one of them to come out.
* StalkerShrine: Val has one for Karen in "There's Something About Larry"
* StepfordSnarker: Will's mother Marilyn (Blythe Danner). She even lives in a [[Literature/TheStepfordWives WASP-y Connecticut town.]]
* StraightGay: The producers ''think'' Will is. Again, though, see FairForItsDay. Will was a mostly-sitcom-normal guy who had the occasional camp element pop up for laughs - during a time when the world heard ‘gay’ and thought of someone like Jack. Fast forward a decade, though, and he's a CampGay whose buddy just happens to be doubly so. However, Will's boyfriend Vince is more successful at pulling off StraightGay.
** Played somewhat more literally with Matt Damon's character in "A Chorus Lie"--he pretends to be gay in order to get into the Gay Men's Chorus, but Jack "ins" him.
%%* StudioAudience
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial, Will, not wanting to devastate his family since the time he came out of the closet, refuses to acknowledge or address that his father is having an affair.
* TakeThat: Numerous. Here's one example,
-->'''Grace:''' Quit pouting!\\
'''Will:''' I wasn't pouting!
-->'''Grace:''' Please! I watch ''Series/AllyMcBeal''. I know what pouting is.
** The first episode of season nine is a long one for UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump.
* TemptingFate: When Karen and Lyle are together, Lyle raises the concern that Karen might have trouble getting along with his daughter. Karen confidently asserts that she and Lyle's daughter would have no problem with each other. Then Lorraine walks in saying: "Hello, mother." [[FaceFault Karen falls off the chair she's been sitting in.]]
* TheThreeCertaintiesInLife: Will tells Jack he has three things he can count on: "Death, taxes, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and me.]]"
%%* TokenLesbian
* TookALevelInJerkass: Will's love interest James took this level so fast that it may have caused the viewers whiplash. At first he was introduced as a sweet guy that Will was so smitten over that Grace actually ''marries'' him so he could get his green card to stay in the country. Not one episode later, James lies about his mother dying to cut in line at the coffee shop, jokes about stealing a disabled nurse's cab, and says he broke up with his last boyfriend after said boyfriend got into a terrible skiing accident, not wanting to 'deal with it'. Not surprisingly, Will has Grace annul the wedding and James is never seen again.
* TransAtlanticEquivalent: ''Series/GimmeGimmeGimme'' takes the same basic premis, places it into a British context, and utterly subverts it.
* TransparentCloset: Jack in the first episode. When Jack tells some friends that not everyone thinks he's gay, Will responds that deaf, blind and ''dead'' people know he's gay.
** Will when he was younger. In the first and even the second seasons, he was a fairly StraightGay except for his utter lack of interest in sports. As the series continued he mentioned more and more 'girly' things he had done as a kid: needlepointing, baking cookies, watching ''Little House on the Prairie'' with his mother, spending two hours getting his hair exactly right before the family trip to ''The Nutcracker'', pretending to be Creator/EarthaKitt, being obsessed with Creator/DorisDay, singing love songs at school talent shows, putting on little musical plays at home, wearing his mother's clothes and, when he was ten, having them tailored! Though he did date girls in adolescence, with all this it seems odd for his parents to have been shocked when he came out at nineteen.
** Beverly Leslie's love of men is clear to see in spite of his lame attempts to deny it. When he finally confesses in Season 9, Karen and the studio audience barely react.
-->'''Karen:''' Does your "''business associate''" know?\\
'''Beverly:''' He suspects...
** The married lead counselors of Camp Straighten Arrow, a gay conversion camp, are clearly a ButchLesbian and CampGay who are desperately trying to deny their sexualities. Enforced by the fact that they're portrayed by the out and proud Creator/JaneLynch and Creator/AndrewRannells.
* {{Transsexual}}: A stripper hired for a bachelor party in one episode turns out to be this.
%%* TrialBalloonQuestion
* TrueCompanions: The group has ridiculous amounts of friction but when it comes down to it, they really are a horrible dysfunctional little family.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Stan and Karen again.
* TheUnseen: Stan Walker. Most of him is unseen, but his feet and hands do come into view. As with most off-screen sitcom characters, Stan is defined by a single attribute: in this case, his obesity.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Will and Grace trade between this status depending upon the episode.
* TheVamp: Creator/MinnieDriver's character Lorraine Finster in later seasons.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Karen and Rosario is an ''excellent'' example.
** The entire main cast, really.
* VocalEvolution: Karen becomes more shrill and high-pitched as time goes on.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Quite literally. Jack's pets Guapo ("handsome") the Macaw and [[ReversalOfFortune Klaus Von Puppy]] (a Labrador) are shown throughout the first season but by season two they have vanished without a trace or explanation.
%%* WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame
* WhamLine: When Will finds out that [[spoiler: his father died of a heart attack]] after their big fight two days before. The live studio audience had a very noticeable gasp.
* WholePlotReference: The episode that parodied ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic''.
* WhyAreWeWhispering: Season 3 Episode 3, between Will and Jack.
* WorldOfSnark: "Sons and Lovers"
* YourCostumeNeedsWork: Jack mistook [[SpecialGuest the real Cher]] for a DragQueen. He even gave her tips on how to be more "authentic". May also double as CrowningMomentOfFunny.