Beginning this Thursday, Sept. 21, all 194 episodes from Will & Grace‘s first eight seasons will be available on the NBC app, Hulu and on-demand through satellite, cable and telco pay TV providers.
The first-ever streaming deal for the show comes one week before the 16-episode revival launches on NBC.
“As we gear up for the launch of the upcoming season premiere, I can’t think of a better way to reintroduce Will & Grace to the cultural zeitgeist than by giving audiences the opportunity to watch this historic and hilarious series wherever and whenever they want,” said NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, in a statement.
“With its witty comebacks, pop-culture references and social commentary, Will & Grace is one of the most bingeable comedies in television history, and I am certain fans both old and new will jump on this opportunity to devour it.”
“There’s no question that Will & Grace has resonated with audiences since the series made its broadcast premiere. To be able to bring such an iconic show into the streaming universe for the first time ever is an opportunity we couldn’t pass up,” said Joel Stillerman, Hulu’s Chief Content Officer.
“This landmark deal will allow fans to re-watch their favorite moments ahead of the series premiere, as well as bring Will & Grace and its cast of characters to a whole new audience.”
Will & Grace originally aired from 1998 to 2006 as part of NBC’s once-coveted Must-See TV comedy lineup. In addition to winning 16 Emmys, including Best Comedy Series, the sitcom is remembered as paving the way for LGBT characters on television, featuring the first openly gay lead characters on a primetime network series.
Megan Mullally who plays Karen opened up to Attitude about the show’s legacy and what fans can expect later this year.
“If anybody feels that Will & Grace had any kind of impact on raising levels of tolerance for the gay community, then it was because it was handled with a light touch,” Mullally said. “[Back then] if you tried to hammer people over the head with it, they would have been up in arms and wouldn’t have wanted to watch the show.”