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Note: Alicia (Maria Pitillo) was engaged to Owen (Tate Donovan); Bob
(Jon Cryer) was Owen's best friend and partner in the architectural
It is inconceivable that Fox chose to cancel "Partners" and renew "Ned and Stacey," which made up the other half of the broadcast hour.
Sometimes there is no justice. Fortunately, Jon Cryer has a hit now with "Two and a Half Men," and Tate Donovan just completed a very enjoyable turn in "The O.C." Catherine Lloyd Burns (Heather) was very funny on "Malcolm in the Middle." Maria Pitillo did a slew of "Providence" episodes.
Another thing that made the show so great was the guest stars... Eric Stoltz, Jennifer Aniston, Lawrence Pressman, James Cromwell, Alex Rocco, Mimi Kennedy, Mimi Rogers, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Willie Garson, Corinne Bohrer, Joel Murray, Lisa Edelstein... the list goes on.
The writers were terrific, too, and have gone on to a variety of other projects: "Will and Grace," "Sports Night," "Cosby," "The West Wing," "The Chris Isaak Show," "Suddenly Susan," "Everwood," "Desperate Housewives," "American Dreams," etc.
It was a great show. I wish it would come out on DVD. Maybe with Jon Cryer's current popularity, this is a possibility.
This was buried for UK viewers in a dead slot on Sunday nights by
Channel Four, instead of in the prime 'Friends' section of Friday night
TV where it deserved to be. But that's OK, since it only had a single
season in America anyway! The premise was simple - the show followed
two people, Owen and Alicia, who were getting married, and their
relationship. It also followed Owen and his best Bob, working partners.
It showed the interactions with them all, of Owen trying to balance his
two relationships, and of their relationships with some funny secondary
characters, mostly Heather the accident prone secretary. The writing
was sharp and very funny. Better yet, completely unpredictable,
especially in the starting episodes. A plot, and the obvious jokes that
would go with it, would suddenly be turned on their head by the second
There was nothing wrong with this show! Great actors, likable characters, and they weren't at a loss for good guests either (Jennifer Aniston even did a turn as Bob's girlfriend). Watch a few, especially the early ones, and I guarantee you will be hooked! Another one to be filed into the archives of 'why didn't this get renewed.' Still, at least it got a full 24 episodes and I managed to watch and tape them all!
I seriously don't know why this show was cut so short. It was a great show and Jon Cryer was definetly the man to play Bob's part. i wish that this show was still on but the critics and producers had to be harsh and give into the whole "Seinfeld era" of television. I seriously recommend seeing an episode if you can get your hands on one. Pertaining to the holiday coming up(Halloween) the halloween episode that was done on "Partners" was great, it kept me laughing all night. I really wish that they would bring this show back or at least put some episodes on dvd for the Jon Cryer fans to buy.
This was a modern TV classic! The story goes like this, Bob has a
girlfriend named Alicia. Bob and Alicia are in love and want to get
married. Bob has a bud named Owen who he works with. Owen is jealous of
Alicia. He likes hanging around with Bob. Now Owen hangs around with
Bob AND Alicia. Bob and Owen have a secretary named Heather. Heather is
very accident prone. She is also, if you haven't guessed it, is kind of
lonely. She too hangs around with Bob and Alicia, and Owen. Sometimes
Alicia wishes Bob didn't have any friends.
By the end of the first season, it looked like Owen finally found himself a real longlasting girlfriend. Bob and Alicia went driving on the night before their wedding, making out in a tiny car and then getting stuck. Way out in the middle of nowhere! What happened next? What about poor Heather? Did anyone get married?? Sorry, series ended.
Not even a plea from TV Guide made FOX think twice about putting it back on the air. It was a great show with a great cast. I loved Heather too. She looked cool in those glasses and was hilarious. I miss this show a lot. This is like reading a good book with the ending missing......sad.
While this was not a guy oriented show, one of the things I liked so
much about Partners was the chemistry between the characters. Jon Cryer
was perfectly cast as Bob, and Catherine Lloyd Burns was hilarious as
Bob and Owens accident-prone assistant. Everyone always looked like
they were having fun and one could sense that they were friends off-set
Maria Pitillo (Alicia) and Tate Donovan (Owen) had previous history, having been set up on a blind date some time before Partners was green-lighted by Fox. While they didn't hit it off romantically, Pitillo, who had been hired first, called on Donovan to audition for the show, and as luck would have it, had already expressed interest in the part. The rest is history.
It was too bad that FOX didn't know how to market the show. I remember flipping between channels when MNF was on during prime time. It was never put into syndication or today offered up on a service like Hulu.com or another streaming service. I've talked to people from the show, some say that the tapes no longer exist, and others say that they do. Partners was broadcast in Europe as late as 2003, seven years after the show was canceled here in the USA. I do know that some clips are available on youtube, as well as on Maria Pitillo's fan page.
This show is worth a watch if you're willing to endure Youtube videos lifted from old VHS cassettes.
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Jon Cryer reprises his role as a neurotic guy in Two and a Half Men,
which he perfected in this series. He longs to have a good relationship
with a girl like his coworker has developed, and the tet-a-tet between
him and his partner's girlfriend's best friend are pretty funny. Then
they realize that they're attracted to each other and start dating. In
one of the funniest lines on TV EVER -- I think in the final episode --
he and his partner are discussing that he wants to propose to the girl.
His partner prepares him for the moment by suggesting: "What's the worst that can happen? She says no."
Armed with newfound optimism, he proposes to his date over dinner. To which she replies,
I laughed so hard I cried.
I enjoyed this show, it was on in the uk, but not at peak time, and
they seemed to move it all over the schedules so I wasn't able to watch
them all. I was surprised when it didn't return and had no i idea why,
still don't know, but i guess that's not important.
Great performances from the two leads, they were very believable as friends. The two supporting actresses also added well to the mix. I guess it was part of a whole load of shows that were lifestyle centred, Friends being the obvious main one, but sex in the city came along a few years later.
The characters, get take out coffee, they drink at nice bars , that sort of thing, a little woody allenish in a way.
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