The only other episode sent out to critics centers on a gay wedding — ahem, a “gwedding,” as the show oh-so-cleverly puts it — and the evil wedding planner who duped the newly married couple. If you’ve ever seen any television show, then you already know what’s coming: Allen and Marcus pose as a gay couple planning their wedding. Glad they got the “pretend to be gay” storyline out by the second episode — I was expecting it to occur during sweeps week. At one point, Allen says, “You’re making a Brokeback Mountain out of a mole hill.” It is not the only Brokeback Mountain reference in the episode.
A b-plot involves Allen’s daughter hanging out with Marcus’ mother; a friend of mine acutely observed that Partners is basically a show about white people getting the sassy black friends they’ve always wanted.
The sad part is, Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence are both funny, talented actors who are stuck in this ongoing, horrid MadTV sketch filled with “edgy” jokes that, at worst, make you cringe and, at best, put you to sleep. They both play the equivalent of stepdads struggling to be cool, the kind of guys who blast The Offspring while picking up their new children from school, trying desperately to gain a surly teen’s approval. It’s embarrassing for everyone involved: the writers, the cast, the network, and the viewers.
FX/FXX has a history of creating wonderful comedies (The League, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and recently premiered two unique and great sitcoms (You’re The Worst and Married), so I can’t imagine what the hell the network was thinking with this one. It has star power, sure, and I assume it’s relatively cheap to make, but is that really worth it? I doubt Partners will ever rise to a watchable level, let alone ever become good. Please, don’t let them make 100 episodes.