'Will & Grace' fans are in love with show’s overtly political return

Spoilers for Thursday’s ninth season premiere of “Will and Grace.”

After 11 years and a hell of a lot of societal changes, “Will & Grace” made its return Thursday night. And judging from the reaction of fans on Twitter, NBC will definitely not regret bringing the groundbreaking show back for another season.

But first up, the show had to deal with its controversial original series finale. The last episode of season eight went several decades into the futures of the four leads, and featured among other things marriages, children, and a 22 years-long falling out between the two title characters. (Yes, it was a bummer.) The show was clearly going to have to come up with a clever way to explain how tonight’s ninth season opener could pick less than halfway through Will’s and Grace’s not-speaking-to-each-other period.

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WILL & GRACE -- Season 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- Season 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Eric McCormack as Will Truman -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- Season 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- Season 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Gypsies, Tramps and Weed' Episode 7 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Cher as herself -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'It's the Gay Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' Episode 5 -- Pictured: (l-r) Harry Connick Jr. as Leo Markus, Debra Messing as Grace Adler -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Marry Me a Little' Episode 8 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Harry Connick Jr. as Leo Markus, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Dyeing Is Easy, Comedy Is Hard' Episode 14 -- Pictured: (l-r) Rosie O'Donnell as Bonnie, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'May Divorce Be with You' Episode 22 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Macaulay Culkin as Jason 'J.T.' Towne, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Needle and the Omelet's Done' Episode 7 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Jared Ward as Chris -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'It's the Gay Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' Episode 5 -- Pictured: (l-r) Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'It's the Gay Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' Episode 5 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Jason Marsden as Kim -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Marry Me a Little More' Episode 9 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Tim Bagley as Larry -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Das Boob' Episode 3 -- Aired 11/2/99 -- Pictured: (l-r) Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- Season 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Eric McCormack as Will Truman (Photo by Bill Reitzel/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Finale' Episode 23 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Finale' Episode 23 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Finale' Episode 23 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kevin Bacon as Himself, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Finale' Episode 23 -- Pictured: (l-r) Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Finale' Episode 23 -- Pictured: (l-r) Leslie Jordan as Beverley Leslie, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Finale' Episode 23 -- Pictured: (l-r) Harry Connick Jr. as Leo Markus, Baby Lila, Debra Messing as Grace Adler (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Blanket Apology' Episode 19 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Sydney Pollack as George Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Blythe Danner as Marilyn Truman -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Partners 'N' Crime' Episode 21 -- Pictured: (l-r) Christina Moore as Kitty, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Partners 'N' Crime' Episode 21 -- Pictured: (l-r) Laura Kightlinger as Sheila, Bobby Cannavale as Vince D'Angelo, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Mourning Son' Episode 20 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jerry Levine as Joe, Tim Bagley as Larry, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Leigh Allyn Baker as Ellen, Blythe Danner as Marilyn Truman, Tom Gallop as Rob, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Buy, Buy Baby' Episode 18 -- Aired 03/30/2006 -- Pictured: (l-r) George Takei as himself, Wanda Sykes as Cricket (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Buy, Buy Baby' Episode 18 -- Aired 03/30/2006 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Britney Spears as Amber-Louise, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, George Takei as himself, Wanda Sykes as Cricket (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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The answer? Think “Dallas,” but with way more booze. Fans were predictably divided as to whether or not it worked.

Some hated it:

Some were shocked:

Some were confused:

But plenty loved it:

Meanwhile, not just society, but television has changed dramatically since “Will and Grace” went off the air in 2006. So it was that the writers made the most of a newfound freedom to more overtly talk about politics in a period when same sex marriage is the law of the land, but Donald Trump is president.

The episode had a lot of jokes about the current era — and at the expense of the current occupants of the White House. And fans largely loved it. Not least of all because of the episode’s final, “F-you Trump” scene:

It wasn’t just the ending, however. Fans for the most part loved the politics running through the entire episode.

To be fair, not everyone loved the show’s overtly liberal return. Some were afraid it might bog the show down…

While others clearly just disagree entirely.

But there were other fans here to remind people that the show, simply because of its premise, was always political:

But lest we forget the most important thing about the passage of time:

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