- Crack Pairing: Would you believe that there is actually a very large portion of fanfiction writers that 'ship Will/Karen?
- Crazy Awesome: Karen is a drunken drug addled Cloud Cuckoolander and the fans love her for it.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Snarker supreme Rosario is also popular with many fans especially thanks to her funny interactions with Karen.
- Fair for Its Day:
- Offensive as it may have sometimes seemed, by the time it ended, it was one of the first American shows with a gay man as a central character, and remains one of few not relegated to cable at midnight.
- Additionally, the show's original run happened right during the tipping point of cultural acceptance of homosexuality. As such, it started out as a landmark step forward to have two gay leads on a popular network show in prime time. However, as homosexuality became more socially acceptable and more serious material was made, the show seemed less fresh and daring.
- One interview with the creators indicates that they were fully aware that they were at a tipping point in social attitudes and were trying to play a delicate balancing act. Essentially they knew that they couldn't have a Straight Gay character like Will without part of the audience saying "That's not what real gay people are like!" and they couldn't have a Camp Gay character like Jack without the other part of the audience saying the same thing. So they put both in there and hoped they balanced out. The fact that Will became a bit more camp over time was most likely due to Rule of Funny, but also possibly the fact that Jack started getting episodes that took his feelings and emotions seriously too... they were still in balance.
- Harsher in Hindsight: It was already hard for some to find Vince to be as good or likeable a person as the show insisted he was when he had multiple lines implying that hed engaged in police brutality, but its especially difficult after the issue became one of the most widely recognised and debated problems of The New '10s.
- Hollywood Pudgy:
- Jack regularly calls Will fat, but is the only one to do so.
- There were a few rare barbs thrown at Grace by Karen (who usually called her boyish and flat-chested instead.) However, this showed clearly that this was deliberate. A few critics mentioned that the fat jokes thrown at Grace weren't as funny when Debra Messing was pregnant, showing that this was supposed to play off the Values Dissonance of making fat jokes toward the slender McCormick and Messing, similar to the fat jokes made toward Vivian Vance during I Love Lucy.
- Ho Yay:
- The two main guys on the show are both gay, so it's obvious they get this, bordering on actual Ship Tease in several episodes.
- Karen and Grace got to kiss far more than Will or Jack ever did.
- Karen has quite a bit of Foe Yay with Lorraine. Best summed up when Lorraine was trying to steal some of Karen's jewels. After the takes off the visible jewels, and the ones hiding in her cleavage, Karen merely responds, "And...?" Lorraine then spreads her legs further apart and more jewels fall to the floor. Karen's response? "Impressive. Had we met under different circumstances, this might be 'hello' instead of 'goodbye.'"
- In one episode, Karen mentioned having a crush on someone with long blonde hair as a kid, but she couldn't remember whether said crush was male or female.
- Memetic Mutation: A marinara fuck. Explanation
- Retroactive Recognition:
- In "Fagmalion" part four, Karen dated a handsome, intense maintenance man named Anton. About seven years later, his actor is providing the voice of a handsome, less-than-intense prince-turned-frog.
- She once had a Thanksgiving hookup with a plumber, at Stan's behest—played by Mullally's real-life husband Nick Offerman, now well-known as Ron Swanson.
- In the Season 8 episode "A Little Christmas Queer", Reed Alexander played Will's nephew, and the very next episode "Von Trapped" featured a young Jennette McCurdy. They both went on to star in iCarly.
- We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: The first episode of the season 9 revival relies almost entirely on Take Thats against the Trump administration for its humor.
- Another episode focuses on a straight camp.
YMMV / Will & Grace