I've been rewatching all the seasons, so I'm glad this thread exists, thank you.
This show is actually incredibly enjoyable through Seasons 1-5, and though unpopular, I'll go ahead and add Season 6 to that. The Fagmalian episodes are Season 6 and I think I enjoy these even more than the Mira Sorvino episode. The Mira one was absolutely brilliant at first, but I think I'm kinda tired of it now.
Even though Season 5 and onward the show is absolutley ridiculous with guest stars -- often there are TWO
A-List Hollywood Celebrity bonafide STARS
episode. Absolutely ridiculous, almost Simpsons
level guest starring.
I've been watching Season 7 now and it's almost impossible to wade through. It's painful. It's really, really bad. This is the season where Will is dating Vince and I have nothing against Vince or Bobby Cannavale -- the season is just straight up boring. Debra Messing is "phoning it in" as has been pointed it out here, and everything is just blah altogether.
Season 8 actually dips upward in quality, I'd argue -- mostly due to Alec Baldwin. I actually really dug the live episode and was laughing throughout -- I didn't mind the SH/DM character breaks, though I can totally see why they would annoy others.
"Jump the Shark" moment -- I agree with those who pointed out Grace and Leo's marriage as the dip in quality. I'm fine with the characters being married but it makes absolutely zero sense for your main character to marry a guest star who can't be there all the time (Harry Connick Jr.). Very distracting and takes you out of the show. Also, the adultery storyline was way too dark for me on this show. I think it's very hard for the audience to root for Leo if not impossible, so I can't get behind this storyline.
Watching all the seasons together I notice the dip in Jack's character -- loveable for the first 5 seasons, but a little too empty/stupid/one-note later on. I don't mind the dip in Karen's character. However -- what is with the fake bun? Was Megan Mullaly losing her hair in these seasons? I've always wanted to ask.
Edited by Bunny LaJoya, Dec 10, 2012 @ 12:41 PM.