Acting Out

Network television's first gay kiss
Network television's first gay kiss
Title “Acting Out”
Episode # 2.14 (36)
Season # 2
Original Airdate 22-Feb-2000
Writers David Kohan & Max Mutchnick
Producers David Kohan & Max Mutchnick and James Burrows
Director James Burrows

Plot Synopsis

Will and Jack appear on "Today" to protest NBC for yanking a gay kiss from a sitcom episode. Meanwhile, Grace seeks Karen's advice on dumping a weirdo beau.


  • Eric McCormack (Will Truman)
  • Debra Messing (Grace Adler)
  • Sean Hayes (Jack McFarland)
  • Megan Mullally (Karen Walker)

Guest Cast

  • Al Roker (Himself)
  • Corey Parker (Josh)
  • Jeff Blumenkrantz (Craig Vissay)
  • Mary Pat Gleason (Sally)
  • Amy Crofoot (Receptionist)
  • Jo Marie Payton (Mrs. Freeman)


  • is an actual web site created by the producers. (The link now points to's Will & Grace page, but it used to be special site created by "Jack".)
  • This is the first episode that features outdoor scenes filmed on the streets of New York City.




Viewer Rating


Airdates & Ratings

02/22/20009:00 PM10.5/15%#39
05/02/20008:30 PM04.3/06%#80Special 8:30 Episode
07/20/20009:00 PM07.7/13%#23New Time! Thursday 9:00
01/17/20028:30 PM12.8/19%#08Replacing "Inside Schwartz"