“Will & Grace” is returning to NBC in less than two weeks, so now would be a good time for anyone wanting to relive the original run to binge-watch it.
One problem: Unless you own DVDs of past seasons or are willing to buy episodes on Amazon or iTunes, you wouldn’t be able to do that. (Repeats had been airing on WE, but its last marathon aired Sept. 16.)
Hulu, however, has stepped in and sealed the first-ever streaming deal for “Will & Grace.” All 194 episodes of the show’s original run will be available starting Thursday, and the new episodes will live there as well, starting a day after their broadcast on NBC.
Old episodes will also be available on the NBC app and on demand via cable providers starting Thursday.
“There’s no question that ‘Will & Grace’ has resonated with audiences since the series made its broadcast premiere,” Joel Stillerman, Hulu’s chief content officer, says in a statement. “To be able to bring such an iconic show into the streaming universe for the first time ever is an opportunity we couldn’t pass up.”
“Will & Grace’s” prior lack of a streaming deal came down to rights issues, as the show completed its initial run in 2006, well before the streaming era took hold. Creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick said earlier in the summer they hoped to have a streaming agreement in place before the show’s on-air return.
The prior eight seasons of “Will & Grace” contain 194 episodes. Figuring 22 minutes per episode, that’s a little more than 71 hours of show. If you have 10 free hours per day between Thursday and the Sept. 28 premiere, you can just about fit the whole series in.