What parents need to know
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.
What's the story?
After being ejected from the family law firm, Allen Braddock (Kelsey Grammer) is looking for a soft place to land. He finds it in the firm headed by for-the-people lawyer Marcus Jackson (Martin Lawrence), where together the two become unlikely PARTNERS, thanks to an unorthodox court sanction. The state of Illinois is hoping Jackson's ethics will rub off on Braddock. Instead, the two start to work together to create their own brand of legal justice, with Braddock's nose for big-money cases meeting Jackson's weakness for a hard-luck story.
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.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about why the legal profession is such an enduring setting for television comedies and dramas. How many can you name? How are they like Partners? How are they different?
Have you seen any of the actors in Partners in any other shows? Does that affect how you view their characters here? Does it make you like them more or less? Laugh at their jokes more or less?
Which of the characters on Partners is the audience supposed to relate to? How can you tell? What about their portrayals seems sympathetic to you?