Will & Grace (season 9)

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Will & Grace (season 9)
Will & Grace Season 9 Promotional Poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 16
Release
Original network NBC
Original release September 28, 2017 (2017-09-28) – April 5, 2018 (2018-04-05)
Season chronology
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List of Will & Grace episodes

The ninth season of the American comedy series Will & Grace premiered on September 28, 2017.[1] It comprised 16 episodes, and is the first of three planned reunion seasons following the series' eighth season in 2006. The season concluded on April 5, 2018.

Production[edit]

In January 2017, NBC announced that Will & Grace would return for a 12-episode limited series during the 2017–18 season.[2] At the time of the announcement, all four principal cast members (Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally) had already confirmed their return to the revival.[3] An additional four episodes were ordered on August 3, 2017, for a total of 16, as well as a tenth season.[4]

Cast and characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1951"11 Years Later"James BurrowsDavid Kohan & Max MutchnickSeptember 28, 2017 (2017-09-28)10.19[5]
After both going through recent divorces, Will and Grace end up once again living together in Will's apartment. The gang ends up at the White House, where Grace has landed a job through Karen to redecorate the Oval Office and Will has brought Jack to meet the gay Congressman to whom he has been flirtatiously writing.
1962"Who's Your Daddy"James BurrowsTracy Poust & Jon KinnallyOctober 5, 2017 (2017-10-05)7.14[6]
Will and Jack are faced with the harsh reality that they are much older than they used to be when they begin to date younger guys. Grace comes to the realization that she needs Karen more than she thought she did.
1973"Emergency Contact"James BurrowsNina PedradOctober 12, 2017 (2017-10-12)6.72[7]
After having a breast biopsy, Grace is reunited with her ex-husband, Leo, when he's brought in as her emergency contact. While Jack teaches theater to kids at the community center, Karen helps a girl become a young woman.
1984"Grandpa Jack"James BurrowsAlex HerschlagOctober 19, 2017 (2017-10-19)6.69[8]
When Jack gets reunited with his son, Elliot, he learns he has a grandson, Skip, who happens to be gay. While Will and Jack try to bail Skip out of reform camp, Karen helps Grace get her sexuality back.
1995"How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying"James BurrowsSuzanne Martin & John QuaintanceOctober 26, 2017 (2017-10-26)6.79[9]
Grace tries for her biggest job yet: decorating a string of boutique hotels for an obnoxious mogul. Meanwhile, Will is surprised at his reaction to making Senior Partner, Beverley Leslie discloses a secret to Karen, and Jack fights for his half of a winning lottery ticket.
2006"Rosario's Quinceañera"James BurrowsTracy Poust & Jon KinnallyNovember 2, 2017 (2017-11-02)5.74[10]
After Rosario passes away from a heart attack, Karen decides to throw the party for her that she never had: a quinceañera. While Jack struggles to know how to be there for Karen, Lorraine Finster makes a surprise return to show her support. Will upsets Grace when he leases the office space next to Grace's office without her permission.
2017"A Gay Olde Christmas"James BurrowsJohn QuaintanceDecember 5, 2017 (2017-12-05)7.18[11]
On Christmas Eve, Will, Grace, Jack, and Karen stop at a historical museum to let Grace use the restroom; however, the museum requires them to take the tour to allow her to use it. All four find themselves on a more "interactive" tour than they bargained for.
2028"Friends and Lover"James BurrowsSuzanne MartinJanuary 4, 2018 (2018-01-04)4.90[12]
Will and Grace take a bread-making class and both end up falling for the celebrity teacher, Jackson Boudreaux. Jack and Karen struggle to get a catchy jingle out of their heads.
2039"There's Something About Larry"James BurrowsAlex HerschlagJanuary 11, 2018 (2018-01-11)4.17[13]
Will and Grace learn that Larry has a major crush on Will, and Jack and Karen fight off the craziness of Val, who's after Karen's friendship.
20410"The Wedding"James BurrowsDavid Kohan & Max Mutchnick & Tracy Poust & Jon KinnallyJanuary 18, 2018 (2018-01-18)4.39[14]
Vince, Will's ex-boyfriend, invites him to his wedding, prompting Will to reevaluate their relationship and why it ended. A newly outed cop falls in love with Jack. Karen goes on a scavenger hunt.
20511"Staten Island Fairy"James BurrowsStory by : David Kohan & Max Mutchnick
Teleplay by : John Quaintance
February 1, 2018 (2018-02-01)4.12[15]
While Will and Grace venture into their next business move, selling bed linens on QVC, Jack's new love interest outs himself to his wife.
20612"Three Weiss Men"James BurrowsTracy Poust & Jon KinnallyMarch 1, 2018 (2018-03-01)4.00[16]
Grace is shocked when she realized she slept with three men (the grandfather, the father, and the son) in the same family. Will and Karen spy on her staff at her mansion and produce a telenovela of them.
20713"Sweatshop Annie & the Annoying Baby Shower"James BurrowsJohn QuaintanceMarch 8, 2018 (2018-03-08)3.92[17]
Will and Grace go to Ellen's niece's baby shower. While Jack is shooting scenes with Jennifer Lopez for Shades of Blue, Karen is put in charge of the kids in his acting class.
20814"The Beefcake & the Cake Beef"James BurrowsSuzanne MartinMarch 15, 2018 (2018-03-15)4.71[18]
Grace and Karen cause commotion at a bakery when it refuses to make a cake for the President. Jack cautions Will about moving too fast in his new relationship with his ex, Michael.
20915"One Job"James BurrowsSuzanne Martin & Alex HerschlagMarch 29, 2018 (2018-03-29)3.73[19]
Will and Grace go to Schenectady to celebrate Bobbi Adler's birthday. When Jack gets dumped by Drew, he goes to Karen for support, only to find that she's cheating on Stan with Malcolm.
21016"It's a Family Affair"James BurrowsDavid Kohan & Max MutchnickApril 5, 2018 (2018-04-05)3.63[20]
Will and Grace end up in an awkward position after Grace invites Will's mom, Marilyn, over as revenge for Will inviting Martin, Grace's dad, to move in. While Malcolm makes Karen choose between him and Stan, Jack gets over Drew by romancing a flight attendant, Estefan. A double proposal ensues.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes the season has a rating of 88% based on 49 reviews, with an average rating of 6.98/10. The website's consensus reads, "Will & Grace reunites its ever-hilarious cast for a revival season that picks up right where the show left off 11 years ago -- adding a fresh relevance and a series of stories that make sharply funny use of the passage of time."[21] On Metacritic, the season has a weighted average score of 73 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[22]

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "11 Years Later" September 28, 2017 3.0/10 10.19[5] 2.0 5.65 5.0 15.85[23]
2 "Who's Your Daddy" October 5, 2017 2.0/7 7.14[6] 1.7 4.36 3.7 11.50[24]
3 "Emergency Contact" October 12, 2017 1.8/7 6.72[7] 1.5 3.90 3.3 10.62[25]
4 "Grandpa Jack" October 19, 2017 1.7/6 6.69[8] 1.6 3.90 3.3 10.59[26]
5 "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying" October 26, 2017 1.8/7 6.79[9] 1.5 3.76 3.3 10.55[27]
6 "Rosario's Quinceañera" November 2, 2017 1.6/6 5.74[10] 1.3 3.48 2.9 9.22[28]
7 "A Gay Olde Christmas" December 5, 2017 1.8/7 7.18[11] 1.2 3.24 3.0 10.43[29]
8 "Friends and Lover" January 4, 2018 1.4/5 4.90[12] 0.9
N/A
2.3
N/A
9 "There's Something About Larry" January 11, 2018 1.1/4 4.17[13] 1.3 3.25 2.4 7.42[30]
10 "The Wedding" January 18, 2018 1.3/5 4.40[14] 1.1 3.06 2.4 7.46[31]
11 "Staten Island Fairy" February 1, 2018 1.2/5 4.12[15] 1.0 2.89 2.2 7.01[32]
12 "Three Weiss Men" March 1, 2018 1.1/4 4.00[16] 1.1 2.97 2.2 6.97[33]
13 "Sweatshop Annie & the Annoying Baby Shower" March 8, 2018 1.0/4 3.92[17] 1.1 2.96 2.1 6.91[34]
14 "The Beefcake & the Cake Beef" March 15, 2018 1.2/5 4.71[18] 1.0 2.79 2.2 7.50[35]
15 "One Job" March 29, 2018 0.9/4 3.73[19] 1.0 2.73 1.9 6.46[36]
16 "It's a Family Affair" April 5, 2018 0.9/4 3.63[20] 1.0 2.85 1.9 6.47[37]

References[edit]

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