• Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 24, 2012
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
37

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 26
  2. Negative: 11 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 19, 2012
    67
    Urie's mostly a hoot, with his inflections infectious and his comedy timing a thing of beauty. Krumholtz offers sturdy enough support, but his co-star does most of the heavy lifting.
  2. Reviewed by: Jean Bently
    Sep 24, 2012
    60
    The pilot shows promise, especially seeing the chemistry between (at least three of) the leads, but Episode 2 treads no new sitcom ground.
  3. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Sep 24, 2012
    60
    The show needs some tonal and content adjustments....But Urie and Krumholtz alone make this a half hour worth watching.
  4. Reviewed by: Jessica Shaw
    Sep 21, 2012
    58
    Michael Urie elevates the show out of mediocrity with his comedic power. [28 Sep 2012, p.63]
  5. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 18, 2012
    58
    The tepid laughs here are already in need of a jolt, as Partners cries out for its Karen.
  6. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Sep 25, 2012
    50
    I expect more from the creators of "Will & Grace" than this lackluster comedy.
  7. 50
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Sep 24, 2012
    50
    Despite the show's constant insistence that Joe and Louis are lifelong best friends, you struggle to spot what exactly Joe and Louis see in each other.
  9. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Sep 24, 2012
    50
    It's not terrible, just standard-issue sitcom, with relationships that don't feel true and laughs that seem forced.
  10. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Sep 24, 2012
    50
    It's not a bad show, it's just a bit too familiar.
  11. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 20, 2012
    50
    The show isn't necessarily bad; if only it thought with something other than its schmeckel.
  12. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Sep 18, 2012
    50
    There are some funny lines in the pilot, but it takes until the second episode for some promising chemistry to emerge between Urie and Krumholtz.
  13. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 24, 2012
    40
    This comedy is full of stock jokes, stock characters and even a stock premise.
  14. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 24, 2012
    40
    The stubbornly conventional scripts, the overfamiliar characters, and the old-fashioned, machine-gun comic timing undermine any possibility of freshness.
  15. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Sep 24, 2012
    40
    There's nothing wrong with playing a gay stereotype on a sitcom, except that if you're the main character, you can't be just a gay stereotype. Even an amusing one.
  16. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Sep 24, 2012
    30
    This celebration of friendship feels so sour and joyless.
  17. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 24, 2012
    30
    This buddy sitcom feels contrived, derivative (instead of Megan Mullally, we get a stereotyped sassy and buxom Latina secretary) and sadly lacking in essential chemistry.
  18. Reviewed by: Michael Abernethy
    Sep 24, 2012
    30
    It isn't just the concept that's unoriginal, but also the scripting. The show has an abundance of jokes, but few elicit more than a grin.
  19. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Sep 24, 2012
    30
    I'd have expected that show, groundbreaking in 1998, would have paved the way by 2012 for a far smarter series than Partners.
  20. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 24, 2012
    25
    The show around Louis is filled with a lot of creaky set-up/punchline humor, much of it based around forced double entendres.
  21. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Sep 24, 2012
    25
    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."
  22. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Sep 28, 2012
    20
    The creators can be held responsible for enlarging the quantity of execrably written works on this theme [gay-themed sitcoms].
  23. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 17, 2012
    20
    CBS programs generally display a level of basic competence that this "comedy" falls woefully short of.
  24. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Sep 25, 2012
    10
    Partners plays like an idea written on a napkin, if that, and looks like it's from another era (a long past era, if that wasn't clear).
  25. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Sep 24, 2012
    10
    Partners is witless, predictable and much closer to creepy than funny.
  26. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Sep 21, 2012
    0
    The plastic "punch lines" grow more contrived. The tired stereotypes feel more offensive.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Oct 9, 2012
    10
    it's hard to judge a show on how well or smartly written it is in just 22 minutes. The reviews of this show has been poor but I hope that this show picks up because Michael Urie is a comic genius and the rest of the cast on the show is coming together very beautifully. I admit the first episode was a bit dry but after a couple of weeks, the beauty of the writing and creators of Will & Grace is coming out on this show as well. I'm hoping the network gives this show a chance to grow and build its fan base because it has the potential to be great. Full Review »
  2. Sep 26, 2012
    10
    I loved this show! So sweet and really funny. I also saw the second episode which was even better than the pilot. Much better than the crass crap on after it. I'm gonna give this a shot for awhile. I have a feeling this is going to be the next Will and Grace. Full Review »
  3. Oct 1, 2012
    8
    This is a great show. Although the story might not be as original as it seems, the characters and the dynamic are well built. I particularly think it would do better throughout his first chapters. Great hopes for this series! Full Review »