Now the series is over and I've made the effort to read all of the posts on this thread I'm still feeling a bit miffed about the whole thing. I just wished it had been funnier. Yes, I agree that the character of Partridge had to move on from his IAP days and as a fan and a total nerd, I really appreciated many of the references to earlier situations or characters (Pete Gabbitas was a personal fave.)
It just could have been so much better. I echo the sentiments concerning that Partridge has been middle aged for the last 30 or so years.