Time to schedule your Will & Grace catch-up binge.
All eight seasons and 194 episodes of the sitcom’s original run will be available on Hulu beginning Sept. 21, NBC announced Wednesday. That’s exactly a week before Will & Grace makes its anticipated return on NBC.
“As we gear up for the launch of the upcoming season premiere, I can’t think of a better way to reintroduce Will & Grace to the cultural zeitgeist than by giving audiences the opportunity to watch this historic and hilarious series wherever and whenever they want,” NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. “With its witty comebacks, pop-culture references, and social commentary, Will & Grace is one of the most binge-able comedies in television history, and I am certain fans both old and new will jump on this opportunity to devour it.”
Despite its enduring popularity, Will & Grace was previously without a streaming home, leaving fans to seek out the series on cable reruns or via iTunes and Amazon for purchase. In the new deal, Hulu will be NBC’s exclusive SVOD partner for Will & Grace.
The new season of Will & Grace begins Thursday, Sept. 28, and will run for 16 episodes. As evidenced by this new streaming deal, NBC is feeling confident about the show’s return after being off the air for more than a decade: Before viewers have even seen any new episodes, the network has already renewed Will & Grace for a “second” 13-episode season.