This was Television on May 18

2006: Will & Grace concludes

Eric McCormack and Debra Messing starred as the titular roommates, in the NBC sitcom, one of the last entrants in the network’s 1990s Must See TV powerhouse. The leads, along with co-stars Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally, made up one of only three sitcoms in TV history in which each member of a four-person ensemble won an Emmy. As one of the first prime time series to prominently feature openly gay lead characters, Will & Grace became a cultural touchstone and a source of controversy, though it’s often credited with helping to advance broader acceptance of homosexuals in pop culture. The series ran for eight seasons and 194 episodes. -A.D.

Today’s Birthdays: Tina Fey, sketch scribe (43); Dwayne Hickman, lover (79); Andreas Katsulas, ambassador (d. 2006); Robert Morse, ad man (82); Mark Mothersbaugh, composer (63); Pernell Roberts, Ponderosa dweller (d. 2010).

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