Will & Grace: The Complete First Season
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For the first time ever, the complete FIRST SEASON of Will & Grace is on DVD. Packed with extras - including all-new cast interviews conducted by Clay Smith from Access Hollywood. Join Will (Eric McCormack), Grace (Debra Messing), Karen (Megan Mullally) and Jack (Sean Hayes) for a trip to the beginning of this award-winning series when one of television's greatest ensemble casts was created.
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* The 11 featurettes are cute, but they're nothing new. Calling mini-clip shows "extras" is a stretch in my book. Kudos to whomever is responsible for editing these together, but shame on NBC Home Entertainment for trying to pass these off as full-fledged "extras"!
* I'm not so crazy about the cover art. This is strictly subjective, I know. But the pea-green cover with the publicity cast photo looks a bit plain.
* The episodes don't run any longer on these disks than they did during their initial network run. Full-season sets of "Friends" include deleted scenes and dialogue and cost about the same as this set, so unfortunately that has set the bar pretty high for other TV sitcom releases. Each W&G episode on this set runs no longer than 21.5 minutes. We're not getting anything less than what NBC originally aired, but we're also not getting anything extra.
As for the episodes themselves, I rate them 4 out of 5 stars as well. Mainly because the show had yet to hit its stride creatively or comedically. Jack and Karen are clearly the breakout characters from the beginning, much wilder and unpredictable than the title characters (though extremely tame in comparison to later seasons). Will and Grace aren't nearly as flawed as they would later become, and no references to Grace being Jewish are made until half-way through this first year, making her religion look like an afterthought on the part of the show's writers.
This set is definitely worth having in my collection. But as most other W&G fans might argue, the best moments are found in seasons TWO and THREE. So if anything, these first 22 episodes just leave me wanting MORE!
My only complaint is that this DVD REALLY lacks extras and special features. The box cleary says "Loaded with Special Features"... but where'd they go??? Like... there are three interviews, one with the executive producers and creators, one with the director and one with the cast. And there are 11 themed featurettes... but all it really is are clips from the episodes... so pointless... On the "Friends" DVDs... there are quizzes, commentary, music videos, multi-language subtitles etc.
Overall, this DVD was worth it's money. Even though it lacked extras, I didn't buy it for the extras anyways, so it really doesn't matter. Go out and buy this now... it's worth every penny!!!
I have some issues with the packaging, they're these plastic things stuck onto cardboard with those little glue circle things. (not sure what they're called) Some of that sticky stuff doesn't really hold on a few of my Seasons of this series. One of them even fell off, so I had to put it back on... only to be unable to close it because it was positioned wrong when I put it back on. So I had to rip it off and hope it would stick again (it did). The actual cardboard is nice and glossy.
The Episode Index is hard to follow when you first get it, but all the Seasons I have so far (all but 8) do it this way, so you'll get used to reading it.
This DVD contains all season one episodes, and virtually nothing else (2 interviews basically.) But who can complain with a price under $30! I actually prefer DVDs like this. I would much rather have the season, for a low price, that all the extras which average out to be $10 a piece!
Those who didn't watch the first season will get a chance to see Will and Grace's lonely days before living together, Karen speaking in her low voice, and of course, Jack being Jack. This features some of the episodes that have influenced many modern day sitcoms and movies. Such combination makes this compilation worth the buyers' money. Fans of this show should also watch for Season Two to be released in the near future.
****Watch "Will And Grace" every Thursday on NBC at 8:00 PM central time.
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While the box sets of Will and Grace are pretty affordable, you should probably know that the episodes on them are the edits used for the show in syndication. Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2008 by David Poon
I am one of those who never saw this sitcom until the past year.... mainly because I detest commercials that constantly break the mood of what I am watching. Read morePublished on April 24 2004 by classicmoviefan
This has some hilarious moments. I love the show and never miss an episode, but I was hoping for bloopers. Read morePublished on April 19 2004 by Talk2