Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Partners?

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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