“Partners” begins its 10-episode run on FX on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. With stars like Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence carrying the show, there are a lot of expectations, especially from older TV fans. But does the first two episodes, which will air back-to-back during the premiere, deliver? Critics have disappointing words to say. Read below to know what they think.
National TV Reviews and News cites that the stars of “Partners” are already familiar with their brand names and how everything works. But the critic also notes that despite what seemed like a lack of support from FX, the show is not exactly bad, calling it “funny and competently executed.”
Entertainment Weekly thinks that the pair of Grammer and Lawrence is well-matched, except that the material isn’t funny enough and that they deserve better. The site gives the show a grade of C+ for its first two episodes.
Slant Magazine’s critic gives this show a very low rating of half a star only, out of five stars. While acknowledging that Grammer and Lawrence are talented and still have the perfect timing, the show’s writing is lazy. The series, overall, feels inauthentic according to its critic.
Variety’s critic wanted to get a sense of nostalgia from watching two veterans of television doing their stuff again. But instead, the critic notes, it was depressing to watch. While it sees the show getting an extension, fulfilling its 10/90 arrangement, “Partners” wouldn’t be much of an asset for the network.
Cinema Blends thinks that “Partners” is inconsistent. The critic isn’t sold on the series after watching the first two episodes but holds final judgment because of Grammer and Lawrence. The show could’ve done something more to push its humor, the review said.
Flavorwire is more upfront in saying that “Partners” should not be watched. Although the critic admits to being excited about finally seeing the show, the review called the series as neither smart nor edgy. The critic couldn’t even call the show a comedy.
So there you have it. It doesn’t seem like a good start for “Partners,” but will you still check out the series? It airs on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on FX. Follow Movie News Guide (MNG) as we provide you with recaps and updates about this show.
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