Partners (2012 TV series)

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Created byDavid Kohan
Max Mutchnick
Directed byJames Burrows
StarringDavid Krumholtz
Michael Urie
Sophia Bush
Brandon Routh
Opening theme"On Top of the World"
by Imagine Dragons
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (7 unaired)
Executive producersDavid Kohan
Max Mutchnick
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production companiesKoMut Entertainment
Warner Bros. Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 24 (2012-09-24) –
November 12, 2012 (2012-11-12)

Partners is an American television sitcom that aired on CBS from September 24 to November 12, 2012, on Monday nights at 8:30 p.m., following the sitcom How I Met Your Mother.[1] The series was created by Will & Grace creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, who also served as the show's executive producers and it stars Michael Urie, David Krumholtz, Sophia Bush, and Brandon Routh.


Although they could not be more different, Louis and Joe are lifelong friends and partners in an architecture firm. Their "bromance" is tested when Joe gets engaged to Ali and Louis is in a new relationship with Wyatt.

Cast and characters[edit]




CBS cancelled Partners on November 16, 2012, prior to the planned November 19 airing of episode 7, "Pretty Funny", and announced that the show would be immediately removed from the schedule.[2][3][4] The show was replaced with reruns of Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory, leaving seven filmed episodes unaired in the USA and Canada. Filming on the final episode concluded a week later, on November 21.[5] Seven episodes remain unaired in the U.S., but all 13 episodes have been aired by South African channel M-Net, Indian channel Zee Café and by HBO Comedy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Within days, the show's page was removed from the CBS website and the show was removed from the People's Choice Awards online ballot for Favorite New TV Comedy.[6]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
U.S. viewers
1"Pilot"James BurrowsDavid Kohan & Max MutchnickSeptember 24, 2012 (2012-09-24)2760576.56[7]
Joe and Louis have been best friends since they were young kids and now work together at their own company. When Joe tells Louis he was given a relationship ultimatum by his current girlfriend, Ali, Louis convinces Joe to break up with her. However, Joe has a moment of enlightenment and ends up proposing to Ali. Later, Louis accidentally tells Ali about Joe's original break up plan, and Louis then finds himself not only fixing his best friend's relationship, but their friendship as well.
2"Chicken & Stuffing"James BurrowsDavid Kohan & Max Mutchnick & Jeff AstrofOctober 1, 2012 (2012-10-01)3X78535.76[8]
Louis interferes when Joe confides that he and Ali have not had sex in over a week, encouraging her to take the initiative. He further interferes when he learns she has never cooked dinner for Joe, inducing her to make his zesty lemon chicken recipe. Although angered by Louis's interference, Joe interferes himself by ordering a cake when Louis forgets Wyatt's fifth "sober birthday". The friends agree that each is good at taking care of the other.
3"The Jeter Exception"James BurrowsJeff AstrofOctober 8, 2012 (2012-10-08)3X78545.71[9]
Joe becomes upset when, after snooping through the belongings Ali is moving into his apartment, he discovers provocative photographs of her with baseball player Derek Jeter. Ali in turn is upset that Joe again violated her trust by confiding their personal business to Louis. He promises to stop doing so but falls into a trap Ali laid when she proves that he told Louis that she had had sex with Justin Timberlake. Meanwhile, a particularly vicious game of Celebrity leads Wyatt to feel insecure about his relationship with Louis. Louis promises to try to be less intense and competitive.
4"The Key"James BurrowsDavid Kohan & Max MutchnickOctober 15, 2012 (2012-10-15)3X78526.08[10]
Louis pretends to become vegan and a teetotaler for Wyatt. Louis walks in on Ali while she is changing her clothes in Joe's apartment. Ali is furious that Louis has a key to Joe's apartment but she does not. Joe gives Ali a key, but Ali wants Louis to give up his. When Joe asks Louis for the key, he refuses but later finds the lock changed. At dinner that night Louis returns everything Joe ever gave him. When the two find a childhood oath swearing eternal friendship, they make up. At the same time, Louis finds out that Wyatt knew all along that Louis was only pretending.
5"2 Broke Guys"James BurrowsDavid Kohan & Max MutchnickNovember 5, 2012 (2012-11-05)3X78585.67[11]
Joe and Louis struggle to gain a client. Meanwhile, Ali has Wyatt help with some remodeling at the shop. When they kiss, Joe becomes upset because of Wyatt's looks, but Ali claims that she feels nothing in the kiss.
6"Temporary Insanity"James BurrowsJeff AstrofNovember 12, 2012 (2012-11-12)3X78595.48[12]
Joe, at Louis' initial insistence, hires Wyatt to be his personal assistant. Joe is surprising happy, but things do not work out the way Louis wants. Meanwhile, Ali is trying to find a caterer for a party at her shop.
7"Pretty Funny"James BurrowsDavid Kohan & Max MutchnickUnaired3X7855N/A
Joe is torn as to where he and Ali should socialize when he realizes that he doesn't fit in with her friends and she doesn't fit in with Louis'
8"My Best Friend's Wedding Ring"James BurrowsDavid Kohan & Max MutchnickUnaired3X7856N/A
After Louis offers Joe his grandmother's ring to give to Ali as her long-awaited engagement ring, he is shocked when a hurt Wyatt objects.
9"Troubled Water"James BurrowsIlana Wernick & John RiggiUnaired3X7857N/A
Joe and Louis are contracted to design a house for a big shot in the music business.
10"Straight Man's Best Friend"James BurrowsStory by : Lester Lewis
Teleplay by : David Kohan & Max Mutchnick
Joe tries to hide his new straight friend Russ from Louis
11"The Archies"James BurrowsIlana WernickUnaired3X7861N/A
Joe and Louis wait to find out if they are nominated for an "Archie" award.
12"Two Nines and a Pair of Queens"James BurrowsJeff AstrofUnaired3X7862N/A
Joe and Louis argue about which one is the better looking of the pair. Meanwhile, Ali films a commercial for her store that will air in taxis and Wyatt has a problem with his new driver's license.
13"Sperm und Drang"James BurrowsJeff AstrofUnaired3X7863N/A
Ali gets a pregnancy scare, Louis decides to have a baby as well, Joe and Louis' relationship is tested.


The show has been met with negative reviews with a collective score of 37/100 from Metacritic.[13]

Critics have noted that the CBS show has many similarities to a 1995 Fox sitcom of the same name. Both shows had the same director, concept, characters with similar occupations, similar name for the main female lead, and even timeslot.[14][15] In addition, Jeff Greenstein, one of the head writers of the Fox series who also worked on Will & Grace with Kohan and Mutchnick, has claimed they were big fans of the show.[16]


Partners aired concurrently in Canada on City via simultaneous substitution of the CBS broadcast.[17]

The complete series was shown on DSTV's M-Net in South Africa from November 2012.[18]

It was later broadcast by HBO Comedy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia from March 2013,[19] Zee Cafe in India from October 2013, and TVNZ's TV2 in New Zealand from November 27, 2013, late-night.

The Nine Network in Australia were going to air the series prior to cancellation for their late 2012 to early 2013 season,[20] however delayed the complete series for burning off until December 30, 2013, late-night also airing on Thursdays. Also captioning was converted to teletext subtitling by AI Media, which are made available due to ACMA rules – unlike New Zealand and other countries that have very limited legislated broadcasting rules. The series was preempted during the first week of February 2014.


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  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 16, 2012). "CBS Freshman Comedy 'Partners' Canceled". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  3. ^ "Partners: Sitcom Canceled by CBS". TV Series Finale. November 16, 2012. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  4. ^ Harp, Justin (November 16, 2012). "CBS cancels Brandon Routh comedy 'Partners'". Digital Spy. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  5. ^ @michaelurie (November 21, 2012). "Michael Urie reveals last day of shooting" (Tweet). Retrieved March 19, 2021 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ "Partners: Cancelled Show Wiped from CBS Website, People's Choice Awards". TV Series Finale. November 19, 2012. Retrieved November 19, 2012.
  7. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (September 23, 2012). "Monday Final Ratings: 'How I Met Your Mother', 'Mike and Molly', 'Voice', 'Bones' Adjusted Up; 'DWTS', 'Revolution', 'Castle' 'Hawaii Five-0' & 'LA Complex' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on September 27, 2012. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
  8. ^ Bibel, Sara. "Monday Final Ratings: 'The Voice', 'How I Met Your Mother', 'Dancing With the Stars', '2 Broke Girls' & 'Hawaii Five-0' Adjusted Up; 'iHeartRadio Music Festival' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on October 4, 2012. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  9. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda. "Monday Final Ratings: 'The Voice', 'DWTS' Adjusted Up; '90210', 'Revolution', 'Partners', '2 Broke Girls', 'Mike & Molly', 'Hawaii Five-0', and 'How I Met Your Mother' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on October 11, 2012. Retrieved October 9, 2012.
  10. ^ Bibel, Sara (October 16, 2012). "Monday Final Ratings: '2 Broke Girls', 'Hawaii Five-0' Adjusted Up; 'Revolution' Adjusted Down Plus Final Baseball Numbers". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on October 18, 2012. Retrieved October 16, 2012.
  11. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (November 6, 2012). "Monday Final Ratings: '2 Broke Girls', & 'Revolution' Adjusted Down; No Adjustment for 'The Mob Doctor', '90210' or 'The Voice'". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on November 8, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  12. ^ Bibel, Sara. "Monday Final Ratings: 'The Voice' & 'Hawaii Five-0' Adjusted Up; 'Castle', 'Dancing With the Stars' & 'The Mob Doctor' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on November 17, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
  13. ^ Partners (2012): Season 1, Metacritic
  14. ^ CBS's new 'Partners' vs. Fox's old 'Partners'
  15. ^ New CBS comedy 'Partners': Did it already air on FOX ... 17 years ago? - Zap2it
  16. ^ Twitter / blue439: @BackpackingDad Further: I
  17. ^ Better. Every. Day. Citytv Unveils Strongest Prime-Time Schedule for 2012-13 Season
  18. ^ Partners | Season 1 | TVSA
  19. ^ Partnerja, 13. del - HBO Slovenija
  20. ^ Later this year on Nine | TV Tonight

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