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18 September 1971 (USA) See more »
With detectives like Don Adams and Rupert Crosse around, there's more to worry about than ever. But you're laughing too hard at Don's new hit to care.
bumbling detectives Lenny Crooke George Robinson exasperated their Captain Andrews.
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 (Series Cast Summary - 5 of 8)

Don Adams ... Det. Lennie Crooke (20 episodes, 1971-1972)
Rupert Crosse ... Det. George Robinson (20 episodes, 1971-1972)

John Doucette ... Capt. Aaron William Andrews (20 episodes, 1971-1972)

Dick Van Patten ... Sgt. Nelson Higgenbottom (19 episodes, 1971-1972)
Robert Karvelas ... Freddie Butler (7 episodes, 1971-1972)

Series Directed by
Gary Nelson (7 episodes, 1971-1972)
Earl Bellamy (3 episodes, 1971-1972)
Richard Benedict (3 episodes, 1971-1972)
Don Adams (3 episodes, 1971)
Series Writing credits
Earl Barret (7 episodes, 1971-1972)
Arne Sultan (7 episodes, 1971-1972)
Bruce Howard (4 episodes, 1971-1972)
Don Adams (3 episodes, 1971-1972)
Ed Simmons (3 episodes, 1971)
Laurence Marks (2 episodes, 1971)

Series Produced by
Earl Barret .... producer (20 episodes, 1971-1972)
Arne Sultan .... executive producer / producer (20 episodes, 1971-1972)
Lee Wolfberg .... producer (20 episodes, 1971-1972)
Series Original Music by
Richard Hazard (4 episodes, 1971-1972)
Lalo Schifrin (1 episode, 1971)
Series Cinematography by
Meredith M. Nicholson (3 episodes, 1971-1972)

William Cronjager (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Henry Batista (1 episode, 1971)
George Ohanian (1 episode, 1971)
Stanford Tischler (1 episode, 1972)
Series Art Direction by
John E. Chilberg II (3 episodes, 1971-1972)
Series Set Decoration by
Dave L. Love (6 episodes, 1971-1972)
Series Production Management
James M. Walters Jr. .... unit manager (3 episodes, 1971-1972)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brad H. Aronson .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1971-1972)
Series Sound Department
John Erlinger .... sound (3 episodes, 1971-1972)
Series Stunts
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor (20 episodes, 1971-1972)
Series Music Department
Lalo Schifrin .... composer: theme music / theme (4 episodes, 1971-1972)
Series Transportation Department
Donald P. Desmond .... driver (1 episode, 1971)
Series Other crew
Bruce Howard .... script consultant (3 episodes, 1971-1972)

Nancy E. Barr .... executive assistant: Don Adams/Lee Wolfberg (unknown episodes)

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30 min (20 episodes)
Color (Technicolor)
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Adams intended this to be a socially conscious series about a tough cop who is uncomfortable having an African-American partner. But the premise was changed by NBC.See more »
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Edited into Confessions of a Top Crime Buster (1971) (TV)See more »


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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Wacky One Season, 11 June 2003
Author: hillari from Chicago, USA

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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