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Martin Lawrence & Kelsey Grammer In ‘Partners’: Critics Slam New Series

Tue, August 5, 2014 10:38am EDT by HL Intern 8 Comments
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Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it. When FX premiered ‘Partners’ on August 4, critics were quick to give the show lackluster reviews, comparing it to CBS’ 2012 show with the same name.

Martin Lawrence, 49, and Kelsey Grammer, 59, may have given it their all in FX’s Partners, but some may beg to differ. Critics slammed the show’s August 4 premiere for its similarity to the 2012 CBS series with the same name.

Martin Lawrence & Kelsey Grammer In ‘Partners’: Critics Slam FX’s New Show

The premise of the show is simple: Allen Braddock (Kelsey) and Marcus Jackson (Martin) are lawyers who meet and are forced to become partners.

The biggest complaint — by far — was the fact that the FX series was very similar to the 2012 CBS show, which got the ax just a few weeks into the 2012-2013 TV season.

So, when FX premiered Partners on August 4, critics were quick to compare the 2.0 version to the CBS original.

‘Partners’: Critics Slam The New Show

To give you a taste of what some critics said, the New York Times called the show “labored and unfunny,” and that the show “fails to click” during the first two episodes and Kelsey and Martin “looked miserable.”

Entertainment Weekly focused on the show’s “weak one-liners” that, at times, were “cringe-worthy.”

For example, “Clearly I’m not an expert on relationships with women,” Martin’s assistant said. “One time a girl asked me to take off her blouse; my response was ‘Okay, fine. It doesn’t fit me anyway.'”

Flavorwire even flat-out begged viewers to not watch Partners; if the show does well for 10 episodes, it will get 90 more, per FX’s 10/90 rule which also applied to Anger Management and which worked in Charlie Sheen‘s favor. 90 more episodes is something that many critics cannot bear to fathom.

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers — were the critics’ reviews too harsh? What did you think of the show? Let us know!

— Stephanie Bray 

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