A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
No one takes anything seriously in this sitcom-compliant world -- not love, not marriage, not work.
Positive Role Models
The cast boasts racial diversity. However, none of the characters seems real; they're all simply sitcom characters delivering gags.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Innuendo and jokes about sex, such as a woman saying, "Do I look like I'm standing on a street corner about to get into an Impala?" One subplot concerns a priest having an affair with a married woman; there are references to the couple practicing bondage with rosary beads. Later, a character calls the priest the "one straight priest in Chicago." Then follows references to a "second coming" and missionary position.
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Frequent cursing such as "Your life is going to hell" and "Your father fired your ass." Other vulgar language includes a man saying his ex-wife has his "balls hanging from her rearview mirror."
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Products & Purchases
Specific brands are mentioned, such as American Girl dolls and Xanax.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A man jokes about drinking every day to deal with the pressures of being a waiter at a restaurant for children. Another makes a joke about taking prescription medications.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Partners is an adult-oriented sitcom with lots of innuendo and other sexual humor, including a character discovering his wife is having sex with a priest and using religious objects as sex toys. There are jokes about prescription drugs, cross-dressing, religion, bestiality, emasculation, and prostitution. Characters mock each other relentlessly and say they don't like each other; even those who profess to love each other don't treat one another kindly. Characters act in a stereotypical fashion; there are many jokes about one character being a "trophy wife." All that said, the cast has considerable charm, and there are some funny quips. Still, not many parents are likely to appreciate their kids hearing them.
Is It Any Good?
How annoying this near-miss is to watch, stuffed as it is with charming, compelling actors with great comic timing plus not-bad cracks from the writers.
The problem is primarily in the pacing, which is so go-go-go that it leaves little time to let a joke land -- already the actor is launching onto another line, even before the uproarious laugh-track chuckles that greet every gag have died out. Whew! Add to that TV-style hijinks such as scenes in which Jackson and Braddock sneak into a priest's bedroom in a rectory and go to meet a gay wedding planner, and what you've got is something that looks for all the world like it'd be funny -- but just isn't.
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