Straddle fiction and reality as you visit famous sites from both the big and small screen.
A gay lawyer living with a straight interior designer who he used to date in high school before he realized he was gay: quite a strange situation. Now add a self-absorbed gay friend and an outspoken, drunk assistant, and you’ve got a recipe for hilarity.
Will & Grace is a television series that began in 1998 and was created by David Kohan and Max Mutchnick. Will Truman is played by Eric McCormack, who won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Grace Adler is played by Debra Messing, who has been seen in Nothing Like the Holidays, The Wedding Date, and The Starter Wife. Karen Walker, the sometimes bisexual, rich socialite is played by Megan Mullally, an accomplished actress who has been featured in numerous television shows, including 30 Rock, Boston Legal, and How I Met Your Mother. Finally, Jack McFarland, the gay struggling actor, is played by Sean Hayes, who has been seen in The Bucket List, and on episodes of 30 Rock and Scrubs.
Will & Grace became a hit around America, running for 8 years, earning 16 Emmy awards and 83 other award nominations. Needless to say Will & Grace was considered an asset to NBC’s Thursday night lineup and a syndicated staple on other various television stations. After 11 years off the air, the hit sitcom returned to NBC in the fall of 2017 for a 9th season, and has since been renewed for a tenth and eleventh season. The new version has also received critical acclaim, with Debra Messing and Eric McCormack both getting recognized with Golden Globe nominations.
When you take the New York TV & Movie Sites Tour, you will get to see the Puck Building, where Grace Adler’s Design studio is in the show. As you can remember, this is where Karen “works” as Grace’s assistant, and plenty of funny exchanges between Grace and Karen took place.
The Puck Building was built in 1885 to house the first lithograph company in NYC. The building was named for the satirical Puck magazine, published here from 1887 until its 1916 demise. It has over five acres of office space inside, occupied mostly by a high-end architectural firm; otherwise there are design studios and classrooms for the Pratt Institute of Design and NYU. The building is easily recognizable by the gold statue of the Shakespeare character “Puck” looking out over the streets of New York. Puck is also known as Robin Goodfellow in the Shakespearean play A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
For a fun stop off the guided tour, go check out 155 Riverside Drive, used as the exterior of Will’s apartment.
* In an effort to stay current, we are constantly updating our tours with new locations and cannot guarantee the presence of locations mentioned on our site. If you have a particular interest in locations from a specific TV show or movie, please let your tour guide know and we will do our best to accommodate your request.