Partners: Season 1 (2012)

Season 1

Critics Consensus

The leads are likeable, but Partners is a so-so sitcom with underdeveloped characters and a shortage of quality laughs.



Critic Ratings: 34

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Sep 24, 2012
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This premise follows a straight man Joe Goodman (David Krumholtz) and his lifelong gay best friend Louis McManus (Michael Urie) now working together at their own architect company. Louis is in a committed relationship with his boyfriend Wyatt (Brandon Routh) but is skeptical that Joe should take the next step and propose marriage to his girlfriend Ali (Sophia Bush). Series creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick ("Will & Grace") admittedly have based this show on their own relationship.

Critic Reviews for Partners Season 1

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (19)

Unfortunately, Partners isn't a very funny show.

Sep 24, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Urie and Krumholtz alone make this a half hour worth watching.

Sep 24, 2012 | Full Review…

Louis isn't offensive. You just wish he were more interesting.

Sep 24, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Witless, predictable and much closer to creepy than funny.

Sep 24, 2012 | Full Review…

The rest of the ensemble simply can't keep pace with Urie.

Sep 24, 2012 | Full Review…

I'm dumbstruck. Just dumbstruck.

Sep 24, 2012 | Rating: F | Full Review…
Top Critic

This horrendous character makes Partners less a comedy than an uncomfortable portrait of a hopeless narcissist destroying the lives of those around him.

Jul 3, 2018 | Full Review…

A mundane premise at best, but what makes Partners special is the group dynamic and the chemistry between the two male characters, one straight and one gay. Plus, Michael Urie is back on TV and it's marvelous.

Oct 11, 2013 | Full Review…

The cast's talents are clearly underutilized with this sanitized and generic material, and that's a disappointment.

Sep 24, 2012 | Full Review…

It's filled with cliches, obvious jokes and seemingly canned laughter...but you'll still laugh in spite of yourself.

Sep 24, 2012 | Full Review…

Routh drains what little life there is in a borderline lifeless roll.

Sep 24, 2012 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Given the pedigree (including the master James Burrows as director), this qualifies as one of the season's major creative disappointments.

Sep 24, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Partners: Season 1

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