Will & Grace

Season 1 Episode 1

The Pilot (Love & Marriage)

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 21, 1998 on NBC



  • Notes

    • In an interview as part of the bonus features for the Season 6 R2 DVD collection, Max Mutchnick and David Kohan confirmed that every one of the stars actually turned down their roles. Eric McCormick was offered it, but didn't think he could do it; Debra Messing had just come off an hour-long drama series and wanted to do more theatre; Sean Hayes was offered the role on the spot (and they made him read again just for fun, because they thought he was so good), but he wanted to play the part of "Will"; Megan Mullally, who had just been rejected as the lead in King of Queens, turned up in torn black jeans and didn't come back for her recall. They sent a car for her, knowing how good she was. Eventually, of course, everyone did come on board, but it wasn't until they put the characters together that everyone realized just what great chemistry they had.