Partners (CBS) - Series Premiere: Synopsis and Review


On September 24 the new comedy series ‘Partners’ premiered on CBS. The show stars David Krumholtz (‘Numb3rs’) as Joe and Michael Urie (‘Ugly Betty’) as Louis. Louis and Joe are lifelong friends and work together in an architecture firm. When Louis is in a new relationship and Joe gets engaged their relationship is put to the test. The show is created by Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, both creators of ‘Will & Grace’.

Joe is ready to break up with his girlfriend Ali (Sophia Bush, ‘One Tree Hill’), after she announced she wanted to get married and have kids. Joe isn’t ready for this so the next day he goes over to her store to break up. When he arrives she says she doesn’t want to pressure him to get married, she was just afraid to lose him. At this point Joe gets on his knees and proposes to her. This is a sudden turn of events, but Louis told him to go with his guts, so he did.

The next day Louis and Ali have yoga class together. Louis still thinks Joe broke up with Ali so he starts to comfort her and tell her Joe just wasn’t ready to get married yet. Ali tells him they got engaged and Louis, who realizes his mistake, flees the class. Louis goes to work immediately to tell Joe what happened, but as he arrives Ali calls.

Ali tells Joe the engagement is off, and Joe is furious at Louis. Joe doesn’t want to be friends with Louis anymore, he doesn’t even want to work with him anymore. Louis feels horrible about his mistake, this was not what he wanted at all. He decides to go over to Ali and convince her to marry Joe after all.

‘Partners’ is not the world’s best comedy show, but it certainly has some funny elements. For example the way Joe and Louis always make fun of each other. Sometimes the jokes are a little vulgar, and usually have something to do with the fact that Louis is gay. Oh, I didn’t mention before that Louis is gay? Well to be honest, it wasn’t a big deal for the storyline in this episode. Louis’ current boyfriend did make an appearance, but he wasn’t part of the main storyline. However, the show did seize every possible moment to make a joke about Louis being gay.

Somehow I feel like his boyfriend, Wyatt (Brandon Routh) might not stay long in the show. The character doesn’t have a lot of dept yet and quite frankly he seems to be a caricature. The show really tries to let Wyatt come of as a dumb, gay person who’s really proud of his (stunning) body. I feel like the show could have done so much more with this character. But who knows, maybe we will explore a bit more of him in later episodes.

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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I haven't seen this yet but I know it's from the creators of Will and Grace. It didn't appeal to me in the previews- the jokes seem old or something. And from your review, it sounds like that's what happened. Maybe it'll find it's groove.

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Robin Oatley 4 years ago Author

You're right; it is OK, but really not great. Perhaps it'll pick up in subsequent episodes, for instance by expanding the Wyatt-character. And just overall by being funnier, but that's of course really vague and a hard thing to accomplish.

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First Colony 4 years ago

I don't know about this one. It has the advantage of being sandwiched in-between two popular shows (HIMYM and 2 Broke Girls), but doesn't seem to have "legs". I'm stealing a line from another reviewer, but the show feels like 1997.

And I disagree that Louis being gay wasn't a big deal in this episode. It seemed that every joke made mention of this, or every stereotype was brought up to remind the viewer that yes!, here is a gay man. From the Bette Midler comment when they were little to the secretary and her "gay,gay" comment. So we have to wonder-is this show about a gay man, or about a man who happens to be gay? I'm afraid that it is the first, and every stereotype will be exploited.

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Robin Oatley 4 years ago Author

It did have that advantage of being in between How I Met Your Mother and 2 Broke Girls and we'll see in a couple of hours what that did for the ratings.

The show indeed feels a little old. Perhaps the Will & Grace writers haven't noticed that it's over a decade later already. And they have also just brought the gay stereotype jokes with them.

You are of course right in saying that Louis being gay was mentioned a lot, I just meant to point out that it didn't affect the main storyline at all. Perhaps that will be taken a look at in some of the next episodes by deepening the relationship between Louis and Wyatt.

But I realize that it's not really clear that I meant that, so I'll change that in the hub later, thanks for pointing that out!

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First Colony 4 years ago


I hope you know that I wasn't trying to point out a problem with your Hub. I really look forward to your TV Hubs, and your take on things.

Not sure your Hub needs to be changed, just one man's opinion.

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Robin Oatley 4 years ago Author

Your comment made me realize that I didn't explain what I meant clearly enough. So I changed it a little and I hope others will understand what I am trying to say.

I didn't experience your comment as negative so don't worry about that at all. I'm just happy you helped me make my hub a little better :), so don't hesitate to point out something like this again.

emily 4 years ago

I really liked the show, it was my new favorite show. I'm bummed to see it go.

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Robin Oatley 4 years ago Author

That is too bad. Perhaps something new comes along in midseason that you like. I'll soon publish some overview hubs on the upcoming series for midseason, so be sure to check back!

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