Partners: New CBS TV Series; Is It Worth Watching?

CBS TV series PartnersTonight, CBS unveils Partners, the second new sitcom in two weeks that includes two gay characters. The New Normal looks like it will be a moderate ratings success for NBC. Will Partners last more than a season for CBS or will it be cancelled instead? Is it even worth watching?

Partners revolves around a pair of best friends — Joe (David Krumholtz), who’s straight, and Louis (Michael Urie), who’s gay. They’ve known each other since grade school and are now partners in an architecture company. Louis’ mate is Wyatt (Brandon Routh), a vegan nurse. Joe is dating Ali (Sophia Bush), a beautiful jewelry designer. Can Louis and Joe’s friendship and working relationship survive the addition of two more “significant others?”

Will audiences care enough to stick around to find out? Here’s the critics are saying:

LA Times: “Partners, which premieres Monday on CBS, is impossible to review without comparing it to other shows… Yet despite, or perhaps because of, its derivative nature Partners is, if not revolutionary, then a monument to the fight: It proves, more than The New Normal or even Modern Family, that being a gay man on TV is no longer a big deal. At least not a big enough deal to serve as the primary story of the show or, unfortunately for CBS, to create any sort of buzz. …

It’s difficult not to hope Partners survives the season. It’s not a bad show, it’s just a bit too familiar. Which is why it’s important. The gayness of Louis and Wyatt here means nothing more, or less, than that characters too often relegated to separate tables have been invited to the big one. There, the chicken may sometimes be a bit chewy and the flowers less than perfect, but the more the merrier, and about darn time.”

Vulture: “I can’t be too hard on this show because (1) the lead actors are appealing and seem like they’re actually friends, (2) their characters are unabashedly based on Kohan and Mutchnick (sorry, guys!), and (3) the pilot is helmed by master sitcom director James Burrows, which means it has Swiss watch timing and a dash of shtick. With its stock supporting characters (Ali and Wyatt are attractive blanks) and its lame central contrivance, this is not a great pilot, but it’s far from an awful one.”

USA Today: “Funny on TV is not the same as funny in life. When it comes to writing sitcoms, David Kohan and Max Mutchnick are clearly capable of being very amusing men, as they proved with Will & Grace. True, they did come a cropper with $#*! My Dad Says, but you’d have good reason to expect more from Partners — a show based on their own partnership, and the show they say they’ve long wanted to do. If only they had done it better. Because while Partners may be many things, ‘funny’ isn’t one of them — or at least not often enough to matter in either of the two episodes made available for preview.”

Salt Lake Tribune: “There are some laughs in the pilot, and the cast is very likable. But Kohan and Mutchnick quickly run out of ideas – Episode 2 is a hot mess.”

Boston Herald: “Successful TV producers — David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, who is gay, decided to create a sitcom based on their real-life bromance. The problem with Partners, as you’ll discover if you watch the first two episodes, is that they already made that show years ago and it was called Will & Grace.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “An episode of Partners CBS made available for review was interspersed with shots labeled ‘stock’ where establishing shots will be placed prior to the show’s premiere tonight. But the ‘stock’ material in Partners isn’t limited to missing B-roll footage on critics’ screeners: This comedy is full of stock jokes, stock characters and even a stock premise. Partners isn’t the worst new sitcom of the season — NBC’s Guys With Kids earned that title hands down — but it is disappointing.”

Partners TV show supportBoston Globe: “Like The New Normal and Modern Family, Partners wants to help move TV into relatively unconventional groupings of friends and family. But the stubbornly conventional scripts, the overfamiliar characters, and the old-fashioned, machine-gun comic timing undermine any possibility of freshness. There are worse sitcoms on TV, for sure, but the ones with potential sometimes hurt the most. They lure you in, then leave you flat.”

So, what do you think? Do you agree with any of the critics above? Have you watched Partners? What did you think? Will you watch again?

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  1. Teresa clary says

    CBS needs to bring Partners. This show was awesome. You didn’t even give it time. The actors were hilarious and just clicked. Sometimes you just know a hit and this is one . Michael Urie is the best. Please bring it back.

  2. lisa says

    This show was great! I can think of so many other shows that should be cancelled! I haven’t laughed at a show like this one in a while. The cast is amazing, especially the actor playing Louis. It was nominated for New Comedy too why did they pulled it so soon?! I think another Network should pick it up ASAP. Really disappointed that the show was cancelled. They should cancel two and a half man or glee

  3. Jerry B. says

    It was one of the best shows on TV. I Don’t think CBS should cancel Partners. Cancel one of these shows instead Revolution, Hawaii Five-0, Mob Doctor .

  4. Santina Ketchum says

    Why was this show cancelled? The writing, casting, acting, including wonderful timing and non-verbal nuances, are all excellent! It is more realistic and doesn’t go for the “cheap” quick-laugh moments that many other shows do. There are not that many higher quality shows out there. It is very disappointing when one comes along and is terminated before given a chance.

  5. Ash says

    It was the best show I was watched this season on TV, and totally disappointed to learn it’ s been cancelled. It was too soon to decide on the fate of it.

  6. Erika says

    I really enjoyed the show.. It made me laugh harder than any other show since Red Sckelton or Jerry Louis…. Please keep writting and doing the show. The humor is great and my family can relate. I love it….

  7. Nora says

    Partners is/was the freshest, most funny new show on tv. The actors are top notch, the writing is fantastic. Aside from not liking the nickname “hushpuppy”, my family loves this show and was so upset to hear it’s been cancelled. Please bring it back! It’s not caricaturish and stupid, like “Modern Family”, which we can’t stand. What’s wrong with CBS for not giving this show a full chance? What is their reasoning behind cancellation?

  8. Barbara says

    CBS, What is wrong with you???????Put Partners back on the air. I don’t think you gave the cast enough of a chance with the viewers out here. I love David Krumholtz . Seeing David back on a show is fantastic!!!!! Please put partners back on CBS. Thank You, Barbara

  9. David J says

    Too close in terms of premise to the sublime Partners of 95/96, but too far away from that in terms of original wit, humour and sparkling performance. If this is a hit, the US sitcom really has passed on.

  10. Lis says

    I’m so confused right now. I really adore all the actors. I’ve seen a lot of movies/shows with them and they have great potential. But…and unfortunately it’s a big BUT…the show is not how I expected it to be: funny, interesting and a bit like “Friends”. Partners is far away from Friends – which could be a good thing but in this case it means that most of the time it’s not funny, extremely stereotyping and superficial. I love Michael Urie but his character starts to get really, really annoying. I really want this show to be a hit because I love all four actors but right now it’s a lame show AND it seems like all the jokes come from “Will and Grace”. The worst thing is that you cannot really characterize the protagonists and (I’m sad to write that) the acting far away from being great. Maybe it’s because they stand in front of a big audience…but even Sophia Bush’s acting (and she was great in One Tree Hill) is not worthy watching. I hope the show will get better but right now I’m truly disappointed. I don’t want to compare it with Friends all the time but the big difference is that EVERY character in Friends was authentic and lovable, you just wanted them to be your friends. But the Partner’s characters are far away from that. It feels like no one in the real world lives, talks…like they do. It’s like a HUGE exaggeration. I think the writing just doesn’t match the actors and vice versa. Maybe even Sophia Bush should stick to Drama…but for now I hope that I’m just wrong and the show will get better. Crossing my fingers!

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