Partners: Season 1 (2012)


Season 1
Partners

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

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Critic Ratings: 35

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User Ratings: 8

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Air date: Sep 24, 2012

A sitcom about the longtime fraternal friendship between two business partners, one straight and one gay, begins with Joe up in the air about whether to get engaged to his girlfriend. Well-intentioned Louis steps in to help, but may have done more harm than good.

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Air date: Oct 1, 2012

When Joe detects a bit of a slowdown in his relationship with Ali, an interfering Louis comes to Joe's aid by offering Ali love-life advice and a surefire recipe to a man's heart. And when Joe sees that Louis has forgotten a momentous anniversary in Wyatt's life, he steps in and takes care of things.

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Air date: Oct 8, 2012

Joe finds sexy photos of Ali with Derek Jeter and tells Louis about them. Later, Ali questions Joe's ability to keep a secret from his partner.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2012

A key to Joe's apartment becomes a bone of contention when Ali learns Louis has one and she doesn't.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2012

Financial problems force business partners Louis and Joe to ask to be rehired at their former jobs.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2012

When Louis offers his grandmother's heirloom jewelry to Joe as an engagement ring for Ali, a disappointed Wyatt becomes upset.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2012

When Ro-Ro goes on vacation, Louis hires Wyatt as her temporary replacement.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2012

Social tensions arise when Joe realizes he doesn't fit in with Ali's friends and she doesn't blend in well with Louis' pals.

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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 (35) | 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

Partners throws so many 'big moments' into its pilot, it forgets to tell jokes and develop characters.

Feb 20, 2020 | Rating: F | Full Review…

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…

Audience Reviews for Partners: Season 1

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