Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Partners?

By Price Peterson

Sep 24, 2012

Friends, we've screened the pilot of Partners, the new CBS sitcom about an odd-couple pairing of a straight New Yorker and his gay best friend from childhood who own an architecture firm. But is it worth your time? Here are some first impressions that might help you decide.

What is Partners?

Partners is a multi-camera sitcom about two longtime best friends—neurotic architect Joe (Num3ers' David Krumholtz) and his gay best friend, flighty architect Louis (Ugly Betty's Michael Urie). They're so close that outsiders could reasonably assume the two are in a romantic relationship, but when Joe gets engaged to Ali (One Tree Hill's Sophia Bush), it creates complications in Joe and Louis's tight-knit friendship. Meanwhile, Louis's boyfriend Wyatt (Superman Returns' Brandon Routh) puts up with Louis's emotional abuse while frequently wearing scrubs.

When does it premiere?

Partners debuts Monday, September 24 at 8:30pm on CBS.

Who's behind it?

The most pertinent selling point about Partners is that it comes from Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, the creators of Will & Grace. Partners is said to be an autobiographical take on their real-life working relationship.

Who's the target audience?

People who miss Will & Grace but not necessarily Debra Messing. Also those who think that gayness is inherently funny and fabulous. (So, not actual gay viewers.) OR people who would enjoy seeing Brandon Routh in scrubs.

What's good about it?

The aforementioned scrubs situation. Also, the writing is zippy and reasonably clever for a three-camera sitcom. And Sophia Bush remains awesome.

Are there any not-good parts I should know about?

This thing is as dated as it gets, not only because of its format/laugh track, but because of its relentlessly hoary "I'm a gay!" "I'm a Jew!"-type punchlines. Additionally, the loud, frequently obnoxious Louis character verges on hateful, repeatedly shaming his boyfriend for being a nurse instead of a doctor. (How is that not a dump-able offense?) There's also a sassy Latina secretary who verges on racial caricature (Louis's opening barb comparing her to something out of West Side Story just sums up this whole project.) So yeah, in general, this sitcom seems like it's an artifact from the '90s.

Okay, but seriously, should I watch it?

Maybe if you are too tired to reach for the remote control. Also how do you feel about Brandon Routh wearing scrubs?

Do you have a clip or a trailer I can take a look at?


Drink of choice for my Partners viewing experience?

An Old-Fashioned?

Partners debuts Monday, September 24 at 8:30pm on CBS.

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  • ICYNDICEY Sep 27, 2012

    Run far, far away! Only good thing on the show was Sophia Bush. She just needs her own show as the star. Toss this crap in the garbage and move on! Just awful!!!

  • RaveDave001 Sep 26, 2012

    Gave it a go, not my cup of tea at all, but they i hated Will and Grave aswell, the viewing figures were very poor last night if it falls any further in the next few weeks, CBS will pull it and cancel it.

  • prowly Sep 26, 2012

    I enjoyed it, though I'm not sure how well Brandon Routh's character really worked out in that episode. Not sure if it was the writing, the acting or both, but Wyatt almost seemed... forced in? Like the show could have been about Joe and Louis and Ali, and at the last minute they wrote Wyatt in? I don't know. Maybe they need to rework his character a little... I'm gonna keep watching though.

  • rye06p Sep 25, 2012

    I loved it

  • Jux_ta_pose Sep 25, 2012

    Definitely watching this because of Michael Urie. It could do with some tweaking, i'm certainly not ruling it out yet. I'm not that much of a fan of the clapping intro between scenes i'm finding that is cutting off the flow for me. It has potential and I like the characters what little we saw of them in the first episode

  • TigersGoddess Sep 25, 2012

    Will watch it for at least a few eps just for Sophia Bush

  • aless_iava Sep 25, 2012

    I agree, that's my only reason.

  • Mantis82 Sep 25, 2012

    I like tv.com's 4 episode test, I'll watch first 4 episodes, see how bad it is, if its unbearable then i'll drop it right away

  • spklvr12 Sep 25, 2012

    Am I the only one watching this for Michael Urie? I think that guy is awesome :)

    Anyway, while I prefer without, I can live with a laugh-track. I'm in a nostalgic period and I'm rewatching old classics I used to watch when I was younger (Will and Grace included, and doesn't that make me feel old), so I've gotten used to it by now.

  • daniellecio Sep 25, 2012

    Yes! I loved him in Ugly Betty! I was stoked when I saw him in the picture!!

  • coolshradha Sep 25, 2012

    if not for anything else..il watch it for Sophia Bush :)

  • prowly Sep 25, 2012

    You had me at "Sophia Bush."

    David Krumholtz and Brandon Routh don't hurt either. I have no idea who the other guy is, but I'm in.

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