Partners (1995 TV series)

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Created byJeff Greenstein
Jeff Strauss
Written byAdam Belanoff
Oliver Goldstick
Jeff Greenstein
Bernadette Luckett
Ari Posner
Eric Preven
Paul Redford
Jeff Strauss
Directed byJames Burrows
Ellen Gittelsohn
Paul Lazarus
Max Tash
StarringJon Cryer
Tate Donovan
Maria Pitillo
ComposersDavid A. King
Julie Ritter
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22
Executive producersJeff Greenstein
Jeff Strauss
ProducersAdam Belanoff
Jay Kleckner
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesJeff & Jeff Productions
Universal Television
Original networkFox
Picture formatNTSC
Original releaseSeptember 11, 1995 (1995-09-11) –
April 1, 1996 (1996-04-01)

Partners is an American sitcom that aired on Fox from 1995 to 1996.


Cast and Crew, Partners 1996

The series centered on a pair of young architects in San Francisco, Bob (Jon Cryer) and Owen (Tate Donovan), and Owen's fiancée Alicia (Maria Pitillo). Much of the show's humor derived from Bob's lack of success with women and his competition with Alicia for Owen's attention. The series was canceled after 22 episodes.


Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Guest stars[edit]


The ninth episode, "City Hall", crossed over with another Fox series, Ned & Stacey, when Debra Messing and Thomas Haden Church appeared as their characters in the episode.

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
122September 11, 1995 (1995-09-11)April 1, 1996 (1996-04-01)


Season 1 (1995–96)[edit]



No. in


Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 1 "Pilot" James Burrows Jeff Greenstein & Jeff Strauss September 11, 1995
Alicia's ready to tie the knot – around Bob's neck – for interfering in her romances with Owen and with their plans to pick a wedding date.
2 2 "A Dress?" James Burrows Oliver Goldstick September 18, 1995
Bob gets a dressing down from Owen after he innocently buys Alicia a beautiful dress while on a shopping spree. After skirting the issue for a few days, Owen tries to one-up Bob by buying his fiancée a dress himself; but he doesn't have Bob's terrific taste.
3 3 "Who's Janet?" James Burrows Adam Belanoff September 25, 1995
Owen trips down Memory Lane when his secret college crush comes to town; unfortunately, Bob tells tales out of school to Alicia – then falls for Janet himself.
4 4 "Primo?" James Burrows Maryanne Melloan Woods October 2, 1995
Pressure from Alicia to plan their wedding has Owen neglecting his work and Bob – who, tired of catering to his partners' schedule, proposes changes in their work habits, such as not working together anymore.
5 5 "Why Are the Blummenthals Living in My House?" Ellen Gittelsohn Paul Redford October 9, 1995
Alicia suspects Owen may be trying to pull the wool over her eyes when he acts sheepish about winning a BAAAA (Bay Area Architectural Association Award).
6 6 "Sexiversary" Ellen Gittelsohn Ari Posner & Eric Preven October 16, 1995
To celebrate the anniversary of the first time they made love, Owen and Alicia plan a weekend getaway to the hotel where it happened, but their romantic trip hits a few roadblocks: their old room has not aged well.
7 7 "Who's Afraid of Ron and Cindy Wolfe?" James Burrows Adam Belanoff October 23, 1995
Owen feels like he's been thrown to the wolves – or rather, to the Wolfe's – when Alicia's co-worker Cindy Wolfe (Lisa Edelstein) and her argumentative husband hire him and Bob to redesign their house.
8 8 "Who Are You Supposed to Be?" James Burrows Bernadette Luckett October 30, 1995
Owen and Alicia's plans for a romantic "anti-Halloween" are interrupted by relentless trick-or-treaters and Bob – who's bought an entire party with him.
9 9 "City Hall" James Burrows Oliver Goldstick November 13, 1995
Owen learns he can't fight city hall after Alicia – shocked by her parents' announcement that they plan to divorce – demands he taker her there at once to get married.

Notes: (This episode was crossed over with Ned & Stacey with actors Thomas Haden Church and Debra Messing playing their title characters from that show).

10 10 "How Long Does It Take to Cook a 22-Pound Turkey?" Max Tash Jeff Greenstein & Jeff Strauss November 20, 1995
Owen can hardly mask his skepticism when his older brother Cameron (Eric Stoltz) pays him an unexpected visit and promises to make amends for a life straight out of pulp fiction; meanwhile, Bob dates Alicia's friend only to discover that they dislike each other on sight – and that she is his ex-girlfriend's therapist.
11 11 "Do We Have to Write You a Check?" Max Tash Bernadette Luckett December 4, 1995
After jumping through hoops to fight the boys' club mentality at work, Alicia tries to beat her male colleagues at their own game by joining them at a sports bar. Meanwhile, Owen and Bob try to get their secretary a raise – and wind up paying for it themselves.
12 12 "Fourteen Minutes?" Dennis Erdman Maryanne Melloan Woods December 11, 1995
Upon learning that his estranged father is making a Christmas Eve stop in San Francisco, Bob goes to great lengths to snow his dad into believing that his life is perfect. Unfortunately, the stop turns into a brief visit at the airport, giving Bob his 14-minutes of feign.
13 13 "The Year of Bob?" Stan Daniels Paul Redford January 1, 1996
Bob's New Year's Eve date Danielle (Courtney Thorne-Smith) can't seem to forget an old acquaintance – namely, her ex-beau David – so he resolves to intoxicate her with his charms by throwing a party. Meanwhile, Heather's in for a big surprise: since New Year's is her birthday, she assumes the party is a surprise for her.
14 14 "Your Baby-sitter?" Paul Lazarus Ari Posner & Eric Preven January 8, 1996
A potential caterer for Owen and Alicia's wedding turns out to be Bob's former babysitter, a beautiful woman on whom he had a major crush.
15 15 "How Was Your Date with Dad?" James Burrows Bernadette Luckett January 15, 1996
Alicia is less than thrilled when her dad goes out on his first date following his divorce – with a younger cocktail waitress from a bar Owen and Bob took him to. Meanwhile, Bob tries to help Heather overcome her addiction to nasal spray.
16 16 "May I Call You Dick?" James Burrows Douglas Lieblein January 22, 1996
It's a blueprint for disaster when Owen decks a rude contractor for making an off-color remark about Alicia. But Owen's guilt over the incident is offset by Bob's delight, improved productivity at the job site, and Alicia's reluctant sexual excitement at her fiancée's new-found machismo. Meanwhile, Heather falls for the hunk temporarily replacing the despised "sandwich lady", but can't get him to notice her.
17 17 "Follow the Clams?" James Burrows Jeff Greenstein & Jeff Strauss February 12, 1996
As Valentine's Day nears, Bob's new love Suzanne (Jennifer Aniston), a CPA (Certified Public Accountant), fazes him with a request to shave off his goatee; the holiday finds Owen felled by the flu and falling down with exhaustion.
18 18 "Can We Keep Her, Dad?" Jay Kleckner Adam Belanoff February 19, 1996
Alicia's dream of rolling in dough may need rethinking when she runs into her boss while returning the expensive pasta-maker he sent as a pre-wedding gift.
19 19 "Hello? Harmless?" Paul Lazarus Paul Redford March 4, 1996
Owen, Alicia and Lolie are aghast when Bob leaves their engagement party for a sexual tryst with Alicia's friend Charlotte – who is herself getting married in a week – and Bob is infuriated by their assumption that he is to nice to go through with it. Trouble is, they're right; and after Lolie taunts him with the fact, it's they who tumble into bed together.
20 20 "Soup or a Movie?" Max Tash Ari Posner & Eric Preven March 11, 1996
Owen and Alicia aren't happy that their best friends Bob and Lolie, will both be coming to the wedding without a partner. So they plot to set them up, respectively, with Diana, the wedding cake caterer, and Dr. Joe. Of course, they don't realize that Bob and Lolie are already sleeping with each other. At the cake testing, things don't go exactly to Owen and Alicia's plans, but at least Bob and Lolie's secret is still safe.
21 21 "You Quit?" Max Tash Oliver Goldstick March 18, 1996
After Owen and Bob sign restaurateur Max Lobster to a lucrative contract, Leavitt takes the account away from them – so they quit, sending Owen into a depressing tailspin nine days before his wedding.
22 22 "Will You Marry Me?" Paul Lazarus Jeff Greenstein & Jeff Strauss April 1, 1996
As their big day approaches, Alicia becomes obsessed with the superstition that Owen should not see her on her wedding day; and Bob surprises Lolie with a proposal, but is not prepared for her reaction.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Association Year Category Recipient Result
Casting Society of America 1996 Best Casting for a Television – Comedy Pilot Megan Branman Nominated

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