Will & Grace: I Love Lucy tribute

The make-up and wardrobe really pulls this tribute off, with Debra Messing an uncanny Lucy likeness.

The latest episode of Will & Grace, now screening on Stan sees the cast revive I Love Lucy (with 3 Lucies no less), plus an appearance by Lucie Arnaz.

The make-up and wardrobe really pulls this off, with Debra Messing an uncanny likeness.



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  1. I love love love love love Will & Grace to death and loved the original run (every single episode) but the new revival seems tired and jokes are misfired. They seem lazy with sets and having the entire episode set in one location…boring!! Like an entire episode was Will & Grace set in their apartment. Boring! I mean what happened to the cafe they used to go to, changing the sets each scene. I know it may be cheaper to have the entire storyline set inside their apartment but it gets boring to the viewers. And don’t get my started on their returning characters. Like Jack’s husband…where is he? he’s hardly been in any episodes. Use him more!

  2. Of course, the story behind this episode is that Debra Messing has long wanted to play Lucille Ball, but various attempts at a Lucy biopic with Messing have crashed and burned. And now there’s a Lucy biopic (written by Aaron Sorkin) in pre-production that will star Cate Blanchett. I assume this episode was the W&G producers consolation prize to Messing. She certainly did a great job re-creating the classic sketches, but it still seemed an oddly incongruous – and unabashedly self-indulgent – conceit to shoehorn into a W&G episode.

  3. As a mega Lucy fan who hadn’t seen Will & Grace before (don’t shoot me!)… I absolutely loved this episode. Very well done and a really fitting tribute to one of the most beloved shows of all time.

  4. I can’t fault their attention to detail, but this episode felt to me like the latest of many misfires since the revival. It’s nowhere near as good as the original run, which I’ve watched from start to finish at least 10 times.

    1. I agree it isn’t as good as the original run but it has it’s moments. I was watching some of the episodes again from the first revival season (season 9) and it was surprisingly better than I remembered. Especially Who’s Your Daddy and Grandpa Jack.

    1. OMG!!!! That was brilliant!!!! Debra Messing is Lucy!!! It’s amazing how she looks exactly like her! Soooo wonderful seeing Lucie Arnaz make an appearance. Even the sets and camera shots have been exactly re created. Best think I’ve watched in ages and I had goosebumps watching the end song. Faaaaabulous!

      1. It’s an astounding recreation, but then I always thought the W&G was a seamless revival too. Debra Messing just exceptional. Even Sean Hayes had a decent go at Fred. I think I would have preferred DM as Lucy for the whole episode, but she did indicate it was the toughest thing she has ever done.

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