Benson (1979–1986)

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Jessica Tate's sharp-tongued former butler, Benson DuBois, moves up in the world, becoming first the governor's "director of household affairs," then the state's budget director, then lieutenant governor and candidate for the executive mansion.

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 Benson DuBois (159 episodes, 1979-1986)
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 Governor Eugene Xavier Gatling / ... (159 episodes, 1979-1986)
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 Miss Gretchen Wilomena Kraus / ... (159 episodes, 1979-1986)
Missy Gold ...
 Katherine 'Katie' Olivia Gatling / ... (158 episodes, 1979-1986)
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 Clayton Runnymede Endicott III / ... (135 episodes, 1980-1986)
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 Peter 'Pete' John Downey / ... (97 episodes, 1980-1984)
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 Denise Florence Stevens Downey / ... (73 episodes, 1981-1984)
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In this spinoff of "Soap", Benson DuBois is sent out West to serve as butler to widowed state governor Gene Gatling, an honest but bumbling servant of the people. Although he has his rivals in German maid Kraus and persnickety aides Clayton and Taylor, Benson, armed with an acerbic wit and plenty of smarts, becomes the Governor's close friend and helper, and eventually is elected Lieutenant Governor! Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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The series was on the air seven years, longer than the show from which it was spun-off, Soap (1977), which lasted four years. See more »

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In the episode "Fools Gold" the blueprints Benson was hiding in his robe weren't visible in early shots (long or close-up) of the scene, but can be clearly seen sticking out of his robe right before he takes them out to show the Governor. See more »

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[Benson is at home when the phone rings]
Benson DuBois: [answering the phone] Hello? Oh, hi, governor. Sure, you can come over. All right, see you then. Bye.
[Benson hangs up. A few seconds later, the doorbell rings. Benson answers it to find the governor at the door]
Benson DuBois: What'd you do? Beam over?
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One of the best from the late 70's-early 80's
18 April 2001 | by (Chapel Hill,North Carolina) – See all my reviews

This was a show of all shows that was one of ABC-TV's brilliant Friday night lineup schedule back in the late 1970's and throughout the mid-1980's.The producers of this show(Paul Junger Witt and Terry Thomas) went on to create other successful series to follow like "It's A Living" and "The Golden Girls",and "Empty Nest",but "Benson" is one of their best works ever. This was actually a spin-off on a earlier show called "Soap" in which Robert Guillaume's character was changed from a household servant to Lt. Governor of a huge party of characters and so forth. The reason I watch this show was that of Robert Guillaume's character...He was witty,humorous and hilariously funny. The result made Robert Guillaume a household name not to mention putting this show at the top of the Nielsen ratings during it's run. His constant squabbles with Rene Auberjonois(Clayton Endicott) and Inga Swenson(one of Guillaume's fellow alumni from "Soap")not to mention Governor Gatling(James Noble) made that show was it was and it was the most funniest show on the air during its day. Over the course of the show's run,it was nominated for a total of 17 Emmys. It won two including Best Actor in a Comedy Series for Guillaume's second-to-last season portraying the title character,marking him second to The Jeffersons' Sherman Hemsley as the only African-American actor to win the award. The show lasted seven seasons on ABC-TV producing 158 episodes that aired from the debut episode on September 13,1979 and ending with the two-part series finale on April 19,1986. Most recently,the Antenna TV Channel has brought "Benson" back on the air after missing in action on television for merely a decade since it's original broadcast.


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