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?

Maaaybe!


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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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!!!
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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.
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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.
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I loved it
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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
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Will watch it for at least a few eps just for Sophia Bush
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I agree, that's my only reason.
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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
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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.
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Yes! I loved him in Ugly Betty! I was stoked when I saw him in the picture!!
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if not for anything else..il watch it for Sophia Bush :)
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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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I like the cast and relatively new pairing of gay/straight male BFFs (what? no gay panic?), but if the butt of every joke is the characters' sexual orientation or religious affiliation, then that kinda undoes any goodwill I may have had towards the show.



That plus the fact it's on CBS and has a laugh track pretty much guarantees it ain't my cup of tea.
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The pilot was way better than I was expecting. Reminded me very much of Will & Grace, if you switched the relationships and characters around slightly. The foundation's there for a solid, decent sitcom.
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I loved Will & Grace and like the cast. I'll check it out.
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I think Sophia Bush automatically means that this show deserves at least a viewing of the first three episodes. She's just the best. I'm gay and I get some people may be offended that being gay is some sort of punchline in this show but I'm confident that the jokes will subside in a few episodes much like Mike and Molly's first few episodes were heavily fat jokes. The cast is great and I've read the show has a lot of potential (Michael Ausiello endorsed it).
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No thanks
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Sophia Bush is not on some sappy drama on CW. It gets at least a few episodes jus for her alone.
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looks horrible



I pass
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I think this is a CBS loser
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I really wanna like this show, but i'm not very convinced.

I love Will and Grace and they seem very much alike, but i'm not sure if that is good or bad.

I'll watch the first 2-4 episodes and decide then.
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I'm gonna watch tonight just because of my Dead Pool entry. I decided to leave off Partners and I'm not sure why, so maybe watching it will give me a better sense of whether I should include it.



Also, I'm generally okay with Krumholtz, Routh, and Bush...
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I left off Partners too. Reason being: it's on CBS.



I'll check it out for Bush, Routh and Urie, but I deeply loathe laugh tracks.
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