Best Comedy

Will & Grace

Network: NBC

Showrunner: Max Mutchnick, David Cohan

Total noms: 13

Emmy pedigree: Batting .500 as a series (two noms, one win) while three of the four lead characters have won.

2001-02 Nielsen ranking: No. 9; 17.3 million viewers

Pro: More noms than any other comedy. With Debra Messing’s flowing red locks and a solid four-character premise, skein re-creates much of what made “I Love Lucy” great.

Con: The show’s momentum may have faded a bit and may play second fiddle to the Peacock’s other Thursday entry, “Friends.”

A love story: “This was one of my favorite years. There were a number of episodes that addressed stuff that was problematic in the past. We made it more grounded and the relationship between Will and Grace was more emotionally based than anytime before,” says co-showrunner Cohan.

Critical viewpoint: “The show is endlessly imaginative in the ways it explores (sexual identity) themes with a humor that doesn’t betray or belittle its core gay characters.” Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly

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