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Television Review

‘Partners’ is too broad for its own good

There is the bait, and then, my friends, there is the switch. The premise of “Partners,” a new CBS sitcom, raises curiosity. From David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, the makers of the classic “Will & Grace,” the show is based on their own gay-straight friendship. While gay-straight relationships between men aren’t new to primetime — Adam Pally’s bonds with the straight men on “Happy Endings” are lovely — still they haven’t been zeroed in on quite this closely. I’m drawn to the idea of gay and straight men connecting on TV in a non-“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” manner.

But what an irritating show! Almost every line is a bad joke! It’s like reading a series of sentences that all end in exclamation points! “Partners” is ham on a shtick, a broad sitcom that moves at the same Ritalin pace as “2 Broke Girls,” the vaudeville showcase that airs right after it. Every other gag on “Partners” is a double entendre about sexual activity or, in the words of one character, the “shmeckel,” and every funny one-liner is followed and preceded by three or four misses. Maybe five.

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