Tale of Two Sitcoms

Will & Grace and Full House both lasted eight seasons on network TV before being revived years later, but only one of them can provide viewers with a complete binge-watching experience.

All 194 episodes of the original Will & Grace (1998-2006) are available on Hulu starting today, as well as on the NBC app for pay TV subscribers. Hulu and the NBC app will also provide all new episodes of Will & Grace following their NBC premieres. The Will & Grace revival starts next Thursday, September 28, at 9 pm ET/PT over NBC stations. The ninth season will consist of 16 episodes, with the series already renewed for a 13-episode 10th season.

Meanwhile, the third season of Netflix’s Fuller House launches with nine episodes tomorrow, September 22. That date also marks the 30th anniversary of the premiere of Full House (1987-1995) on ABC. But you can only stream those original 193 episodes by buying them at Amazon, YouTube, iTunes or other transactional sites. The price: $1.99 per episode, or complete seasons from $14.99.

Netflix subscribers must settle for the first 34 episodes of Fuller House, with another nine episodes promised in December.

You can also see the original Full House on the Nickelodeon cable channel, where several episodes run nightly during its Nick@Nite primetime program block. 

Here’s the opening scene of Full House, from 30 years ago as of tomorrow:

And here’s a scene from episode two of Will & Grace, which aired exactly 19 years before next Thursday’s revival. It’s aptly titled “A New Lease on Life”:

Finally, promos for the new seasons of Will & Grace and Fuller House:

Will & Grace  was nominated for 83 Emmy Awards, and won 16 including Outstanding Comedy Series, and acting nods for all four stars. Full House never received an Emmy nomination.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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