Will & Grace became one of the first shows to have a leading character be openly gay on primetime TV. Will Truman is a lawyer, and the show follows his rise to being a partner at a large NYC law firm. Will struggled to come out to his former high school girlfriend Grace Adler, but best friend Jack McFarland helped him come out. “Aren’t you tired yet?” Jack would ask.
Instead of giving viewers the common straight couple sitcom, it recognized gay characters during a time when they were barely represented on TV. It told the story from Will and Jack’s perspectives, and shows how hard it was to be yourself in 1990s America.