Because there are roughly a bajillion television shows on at any given moment, it’s very easy to miss out on programs, even the most popular. That’s why it’s fun to get into a show years later in syndication.
Recently, I started watching Will & Grace. I watched Friends and Seinfeld and the rest of the Must See TV line up that was on NBC Thursday nights in the late ’90s, but for whatever reason, I didn’t watch Will & Grace. One day a few weeks ago I stumbled across an episode at 9 a.m. while getting ready for the day. It was hilarious, and now I’m DVRing the re-runs on cable and watching them when I can.
I love the witty barbs, over-the-top shenanigans, and the fact that each character is horribly flawed in a charming way. The show holds up today, 13 years after its premiere and five years after its finale. Obviously, that’s not that long ago, but some shows do feel outdated just a few years after their conclusion.
For those who don’t know, Will & Grace is a show about two best friends living in New York City – Grace, a flaky interior designer and Will, a gay lawyer. Their peripheral friends, boozy Karen and flamboyant Jack, are my favorite. They’re loud, inappropriate, and just funny. I know that Jack could be seen as the stereotypical portrayal of a gay man (he loves Cher, for example), but I find him to be proud of himself and secure with his sexuality. Overall, I think it’s an entertaining show, and helps pass the time while I’m cleaning my room or trying to wind down at the end of the day.
Will & Grace isn’t the first show I got into in syndication. It’s also how I found Arrested Development and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I know a lot of people love to brag about being on the AD bandwagon from day one, but I’m fine with knowing I got to it after it had already been canceled. It doesn’t matter how you found it, as long as you found it, right?
Now tell me, what show(s) did you find via syndication that you now love?