TODAY | October 17, 2013
>> " will and grace " starred here on nbc. we will catch up with the stars in a moment. first a look back at that ground breaking show.
>> each other.
>> thank you, thank you!
>> " will and grace " was must-see tv on nbc for eight years. premiering september 21st , 1998 .
>> i love you.
>> i love you.
>> the show centered around best friends will truman , a gay lawyer and grace adler , a straight interior designer sharing an apartment in new york city .
>> oh my god, there is no product in your hair, i'm calling 911.
>> they along with will's flamboyant gay friend jack and her friend made up a foursome.
>> pharmacist, jierl, back-up pharmacist.
>> hope farming and backup don't find out about each other.
>> it aired with its openly gay characters rare in prime time tv.
>> i'm gay.
>> it soon became a huge hit, nominated for 83 emmys, winning 16. its impact hit a high last year when vice president joe biden endorsing same-sex marriage embraced the show.
>> i think " will and grace " did anything to embrace the american public than anybody has done so far.
>> first of all, it made a plast in a week.
>> i haven't made contact with a woman in some time, i'm sure they haven't done that.
>> still talking about myself.
>> snap my one-leaners.
>> i think your car is here.
>> and physical comedy . it went off the air on may 18th , 2006 . the curtain closed, but thanks to syndication, the laughter lives on.
>> that's a fun effect, debra messing , eric mccormick with us now. guy, nice to see you.
>> hi, how are you?
>> does it seem like 15 years since it day bowed?
>> i think it's 15 years since had that haircut.
>> you are ageless.
>> it doesn't feel like 15 years ago. in that clip, it was from the pilot, i swear, it feels as if it was just two years ago.
>> how far into the run of the show did you realize it was going to be a really big hit ?
>> honestly, i was sitting literally in these positions on a couch like this on that set on the night of the pilot looking at each other going, not, wood, but are you thinking what i'm think something.
>> he said it. i was too superstitious to say it out loud. he turned to me after we shot the pilot.
>> look you.
>> i said, i think we're going to be together for a long time. i got chill, quick, quick, quick, like every kind of superstition.
>> throw salt over your shoulder.
>> we saw this is a show that has had a lasting social impact . do you like that, being a part of the culture in that way?
>> i love it. we used to be asked when it was on. we were a comedy, we were trying to be funny. now with time, the idea that, you know, particularly, i know we're proud of the show always treated will's desire for the perfect man as equal to grace's desire for the perfect man. i think that's subversive in an area of equality, that was real message that came out of the show.
>> speaking of the perfect woman and the perfect man, that brings up megan mullaly and john -- they were so funny and provided such great chemistry for you two.
>> incredible. the two of them used to say that they were sort of the.
>> fun house mirror of us.
>> the vaudeville version of us. the four of us when we were together, it happened. you can't plan that, it was luck.
>> you were there, it was like a sandbox.
>> you know what was nice, it wasn't in an excluesary way. a lot of times you get chemistry like that in a crew. anybody that comes into the set is like an outsiders, you were not like. sean hayes was here, he has a new show on msnbc. he had a message for you guys.
>> reporter: hi, eric, deb remarks it's sean hayes , i don't know if you remember, we only said first names on the set, but i miss you guys. i love you guys. i was invited. i don't know where you are or why you are here. i love it. call me and we'll all get together next friday at our favorite restaurant. will, you have to figure out what that is.
>> you two actually still do get together when are you in each other's town.
>> we don't tell sean, america, don't tell him.
>> he's not invited.
>> we don't get to see each other a lot. when i'm in new york, plarm, it seems to be around your birthday or my birthday. we get together.
>> we do.
>> let's end on a real upnote. his most annoying habit.
>> and yours?
>> i can't come up two annoying. can i say endearing?
>> he has a whole list.
>> i can't come up with one.
>> i did love deb laughing at -- in the middle of scene at her own self sometimes deb laughing what i just said, it wasn't annoying, it was fantastic.
>> i joan e enjoyed it all. it was all very funny. he kept us all very excited. he would jump up and down like a pogo stick before we went out. it was fantastic.
>> it was the '90s.
>> yes, it was.
>> we'll end on that shot, leave that image up for everybody. it's great to reminisce.
>> it's great to see you both.
>> we tv is running mini marathons of " will and grace " through the end of the year.