The Partners (1971)

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The Partners (1971)

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In a 2004 interview Don Adams described his 1971 creation The Partners as having been Lethal Weapon before there was Lethal Weapon. The series centered on the exploits of a pair of bumbling police detectives, Lennie Crooke and George Robinson - one white, one black. Don Adams himself played Crooke while Oscar nominee Rupert Crosse was cast as Robinson. Other regular characters were their volatile boss Captain Andrews, played by John Doucette, and his punctilious assistant (and Lennie's nemesis) Sgt Higgenbottom, played by Dick Van Patten. The recurring role of compulsive confessor Freddie Butler was played by Don Adams's cousin Robert Karvelas. Adams had intended to use the show as a vehicle for exploring serious social issues but the studio and network insisted on a safer approach thereby condemning it to being dismissed as a copy of Get Smart, the 1965-70 series in which Adams had portrayed Maxwell Smart, a bumbing secret agent. The Partners was cancelled after only 20 episodes had been produced having been soundly beaten in the ratings by the biting All In The Family, suggesting that Adams's original vision had been the correct one. Made by Universal Studios in association with 'don/lee productions' Broadcast History: Sep 1971 - Jan 1972 NBC Sat 8:00-8:30 Jul 1972 - Sep 1972 NBC Fri 8:00-8:30 20 Color Episodes On Film A TV movie, "Confessions of a Top Crimebuster", was compiled from episodes of the series.moreless
Don Adams

Don Adams

Det. Lennie Crooke

John Doucette

John Doucette

Captain Aaron W. Andrews

Dick Van Patten

Dick Van Patten

Sgt. Nelson Higgenbottom

Rupert Crosse

Rupert Crosse

Det. George Robinson

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  • The reason I never liked All in the Family.

    7.5
    The Partners was a series about the comic misadventures of two police detectives--one black and one white. It starred a post-Get Smart Don Adams and Rupert Crosse, a talented actor who died much too young. The show had a lot of funny moments including some hilarious guest shots from TV legends Jack Webb and Bruce Gordon but there was one problem--NBC lined it up against All in the Family on Saturday night at 8:00. Going up against All in the Family was the 1970's equivalent of going up against Seinfeld and Friends. Suicide. The show ran for 13 episodes before NBC pulled the plug then they showed 7 more in the summer of 1972. 'Twas a pity. The Partners should have lasted longer.moreless

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