"Will & Grace"
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Will and Grace met in college and dated before Will came out of the closet. They are now best friends and live together

Jack helped Will to discover he was gay and helped him come out of the closet. They are now best friends.

Karen is Grace's multi-millionaire assistant at her design firm. She becomes best friends with Jack.

Karen doesn't need the money. In the pilot Grace says that working makes Karen feel grounded. Karen typically didn't cash the paychecks that Grace gave her - but she admits at one point that she enjoys getting away from her husband and her stepchildren during the day.

No, never. In a flash back in episode 3.8 "Lows in the Mid-Eighties" a year after Jack and Will first met, Jack confesses he's in love with him. But Will immediately lets him down easy and Jack (obviously lying) says he was just "testing him." Later in episode 5.24 "24" Will and Jack awake naked in bed together after a night of drinking and since they have no memory of what happened, it appears they've slept together and the season ends with a cliffhanger. In the first episode of the following season, Karen reveals information via surveillance cameras that nothing happened between them.

How Old is Karen?

We never find out exactly. Throughout the beginning of the series, it was comically implied that Karen could be incredibly old. In one episode she accidentally lets it slip that she lived through the Great Depression, but due to the presumably millions of dollars she's spent on plastic surgery she looks much younger. But in the middle of the series, Karen's mother, Lois, comes into the picture. Lois works as a barmaid and can't afford excessive plastic surgery. Lois appears to be in her late sixties.

No, it's entirely forced. Refer to the Pilot episode to hear her real voice. Throughout seasons one and two she slowly transitioned to the more comedic, squeaky voice which wasn't realized during the development of the series.

How Does the Series End?

Grace and Leo reconcile and raise their daughter, but because of this she and Will have another fight (off screen, but presumably intense) and don't see each other again until twenty years later.

Vince moves in with Will and they adopt a baby.

Because Stan was in massive dept of which Karen knew nothing, her divorce settlement becomes worthless and she fears she'll spend the rest of her days penniless.

However Beverly Leslie and "Benji" break up and Beverly takes an interest in Jack. Jack becomes the Gold-Digger and Karen becomes the pesky moocher, financially dependent on him. But soon after Jack's and Beverly's relationship begins, Beverly dies and has willed his amassed fortune to Jack.

The season eight premier reveals that Stan had faked his death. He was in trouble with the mob and was in hiding with the help and protection of the government.

Does Stan Ever Appear?

Not really. In the premier of season three his hand and feet are briefly seen; in 4.9 "Movable Feast" he's silhouette behind glass; and in episode 8.4 "Steams Like Old Times" he has a conversation with Jack and Karen in a sauna, but his face hidden by the steam and his voice is drowned out by the hissing, sauna mechanics. Overall, throughout the series, his face and voice are never directly revealed in any way. TV director James Burrows' trademark for which he is known is having a reoccurring guest character who is never seen. Audiences responded well to this because a character whose appearance, thoughts, actions, and desires being entirely revealed through second hand information from the main characters made for good comedy in itself. In Burrows' previous show "Cheers" Norm's wife Vera is never seen, and in his following spin-off "Frasier" Niles' wife Merris is never seen. Ironically Stan is the one character universally liked by everyone else.

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