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The Reviews Are In: Will & Grace Is Fresher Than Ever, Honey!

The Reviews Are In: Will & Grace Is Fresher Than Ever, Honey!

Will & Grace

Critics gave love to the revived NBC comedy.

Worried that the revival of Will & Grace won't live up to the show in its heyday? Well, worry no longer, honey.

The reviews are pouring in, and the lion's share are positive. At the time of this article's publishing, Rotten Tomatoes gave the gay NBC sitcom a rating of 88 percent fresh in its aggregation of reviews.

Overall, critics praised the enduring chemistry and energy of the cast as well as the wit and sharpness of the writing.

"The fast-paced dialogue, frequent pop-culture references and cast chemistry remain," said USA Today's Kelly Lawler.

"It's the perfect show for the times, and hilariously timeless as well," said the San Francisco Chronicle's David Wiegand.

"The cast proves itself to be as energetic, opinionated, and hysterical as ever," said Indiewire's Ben Travers.

"Evidently, this veteran crew excels under pressure," said the Los Angeles Times's Lorraine Ali.

"Will & Grace has always excelled just as much at physical comedy as the snarky verbal barbs. And it's one more good reason to welcome this beloved sitcom back into our lives," said the San Jose Mercury News's Chuck Barney.

Not all reviews were rave. But even in criticizing certain elements of the new Will & Grace, reviewers stressed the value of nostalgia and representation and in an era when LGBT rights are under attack. (The cast and co-creators discussed this at-length in The Advocate's new cover story.)

"Even as so much seems off, a lot or a little, it doesn't seem a net loss to have four queer or queer-ally characters in primetime on network TV at a time in which any companionship is welcome," said Time's Daniel D'Addario.

And even with other factors aside, there's one reason even those wary at the idea of a revival will be tuning in.

"As one of my wise friends put it, 'The Will & Grace revival could be garbage and I'd still be pretty loyal to my martini-soaked Karen Walker,'" said The Wrap's Rosemary Rossi.

Will & Grace premieres tonight at 9 Eastern on NBC. Will you be watching?

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