Will & Grace: Season 8
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The final season actually gets off to an uneven start before picking up steam about a third of the way in. Featured guest stars include a hilarious Alec Baldwin reprising his role as secret agent Malcolm, who has fallen in love with Karen. He utters sweet nothings to her such as, "When I kill myself, it's going to be for real. And I'm taking you with me." Other high-profile guest stars includes Taye Diggs as a hot romantic interest for Will, Britney Spears as Jack's on-air nemesis, Wanda Sykes as a cosmetic counter girl who Karen convinces to be her baby mama, and Daryl Hall & John Oates as, well, Oates & Hall (as they've renamed themselves). There is a wedding, an annulment, at least two children born to the primary four and the possibility of a happily ever after scenario. The show ended at a good time: not quite at its peak but at least a season or two before you just wouldn't care anymore. But here, there are many moments that tug at your heart or make you laugh out loud. In one vignette, Karen looks on incredulously as Grace allows herself to be bullied into hiring an inept Iranian woman who uses her ethnicity to intimidate all around her. She's also as useless as Karen in getting anything done to help her boss. Tsk-tsking Grace's hiring decision after the new hiree destroys some of Grace's interior designs, Karen says, "I was just sitting there cleaning my gun thinking, 'This is an office!'" It's not the line she says that makes it so funny, but Mullaly's perfect delivery. Like the other cast members, she knows her character so well that she breathes life into even the simplest lines. --Jae-Ha Kim
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In order to have all of the episodes from the final season on the same number of DVDs that are in seasons 1-7, they heavily edited season 8.
As an example, the final story arc concerned an on going story line involving Deborah Harry. I could not have been more disappointed to find that the DVDs had completely edited out the Deborah Harry story arc from the released DVDs.
Deborah Harry was not only a running dialogue joke, she made a cameo appearance in the final episodes of Stanley's death and funeral. IT IS COMPLETELY GONE FROM THE SEASON 8 DVD SET! Instead, the manufacturer's took the final episodes, edited them heavily, and completely left Deborah Harry out.
For those of us who were true fans, it was a disappointment that will never be resolved or healed. Fortunately, I had taped the final season on VHS to watch until the DVDs came out. I never knew that as a person with the final season on VHS, I was one of the few people who will ever know how Will & Grace truly concluded.
This show is right up there with 'Everybody Loves Raymond' as a classic of social commentary and observation, with a dash of madness thrown in.
Having never seen this season on TV, the first episode was a bit of a shock - it was filmed 'live' with minimal editing and some mistakes from the cast left in. It was also filmed using the same type of film that daytime soaps use. At least one other episode gets this treatment over the course of the season and, after the initial surprise, it was a welcome addition to the W&G experience.
I found the last show to be one of the best of its kind (again, as with 'Everybody Loves Raymond'). Unlike that criminally bad last Seinfeld episode, the writers of W&G kept their heads and combined the two key elements of the show. Veering a little more toward heart than comedy the end is very satisfying - no unrealistic plot twists, no last grab at self parody, just taking the story to an intelligent, imaginative end.
In between there is the usual mix of what makes W&G great. You have to admire the people who created this program and acted in it (including all the incredible supporting characters) for keeping it sharp as a tack all the way to the end.
My favorite line of this season captures one of the things that I love best about the whole series - that swift change of direction in midstream:
Karen to Jack: "I'm sorry honey, I don't know what it is today but your faggy little voice is going right through me."
I highly recommend all eight seasons.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic ending to one of the funniest shows on TV! Loved the whole series!
The bloopers extras are terrific!
Kudos to superb actors!!
Great cast, great writing, on the air for 7 seasons, must have been doing something right!! I have all 8 seasons..Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I wasn't a big fan of the last season because it didn't have the same quality of funny scenes like in the beginning seasons. There was some episodes that was funny, but not all. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Shila
Love love love this show. I was sad to see it end, but it can only last so long!Published 3 months ago by Veronica V