May 18th, 2006

May 18th, 2006 was a sad day for the fans of Will & Grace.

It was the date of the series finale.

Premiering in 1998, Will & Grace told the story of two best friends, gay lawyer Will Truman (Eric McCormack) and straight fashion designer Grace Adler (Debra Messing) sharing an apartment in New York City.

Best friends since college, Will is the Felix Ungar to Grace’s Oscar Madison.   Upping the comedy ante (and makes fans belly laugh countless times of the 8 years that the series was on the air) was Karen Walker (Megan Mullally), Grace’s pill popping, boozed up socialite assistant and Jack McFarland (Sean Hayes), a gay man who was out, proud and slightly outlandish.

For eight years, this foursome made audiences laugh, shed a tear every once in a while and think. Both Will and Jack represented the LGBTQ community on television in a way that had not been done before. Instead of relying on stereotypes, these men were fully fleshed out human beings who spoke loudly and proudly for a community that has been slowly over the years becoming accepted as part of the mainstream.

The influence of this show is priceless. In 2012, when Vice President Joe Biden stated that Will & Grace paved the way for the federal marriage equality act, that is a legacy to be proud of.

I am forever a fan and I am forever grateful that these characters are a part of my life.

Happy Thursday.

Throwback Thursday- Dead Man Walking (1995)

It’s easy to point the finger at someone who has killed another human being.  But happens if there is more to the story than the guilty verdict?

In the 1995 movie, Dead Man Walking, Matthew Poncelet (Sean Penn) is on death row for murder. He is set to be executed for his crime. Sister Helen Prejean (Susan Sarandon) has the job of spiritually counseling Matthew during his waning time on earth. What starts off a simple story of a convicted murderer and a nun trying to provide emotional support becomes a story of friendship and discovering that not everything in life is black and white.  Mingling Matthew’s present state with the murder and the trial leading up to the conviction, the film takes the audience to emotional areas that are not easily discussed or dismissed.

The one word to define this movie is profound. The performances are top-notch, the narrative is taught with emotion and tense from nearly the very beginning of the film. My favorite aspect of this film is that even with Sarandon’s character being a nun, there is no romance or traditional happy ending. The lead characters are equal without using the usual plot points to fill in the gaps in the narrative.

I absolutely recommend it.


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