Decoding Will and Grace: Mass Audience Reception of a Popular Network Situation Comedy

  title={Decoding Will and Grace: Mass Audience Reception of a Popular Network Situation Comedy},
  author={Evan Cooper},
  journal={Sociological Perspectives},
  pages={513 - 533}
  • Evan Cooper
  • Published 1 December 2003
  • Sociology
  • Sociological Perspectives
The television situation comedy Will and Grace is notable as the first successful network prime-time series to feature gay characters in a gay milieu. The show's considerable popularity begs the question of how the show's gay sensibility and humor, particularly the gay trickster character, Jack, is received by a heterosexual audience. This article discusses the notion of gay humor, considers the show's history, analyzes several episodes, and scrutinizes the responses of 136 college students who… 

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