The pilot received the highest score from test audiences for any show in NBC history at the time. CBS counter-programmed by scheduling All in the Family (1971) at the same slot. "All in the Family" was the #1 show for the 1971-1972 while "The Partners" ended up at #52. See more »
The Partners was a parody of cop shows. It lasted one wacky season on NBC. Don Adams was fresh off of "Get Smart", which had been canceled the season before. Once again, Adams played a bumbling guy who always managed to save the day, despite of himself. Rupert Cross, a fine comic actor in his own right, was his partner. The rest of the cast were populated with good comic actors. Unfortunately, TV tastes were changing--"All In The Family" began that season, too. Audiences were ready for more harder edged fare, and lighter, goofy humor was falling out of favor. There is a made-for-TV movie of this series, mainly consisting of episodes of the show cobbled together.
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