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)
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 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 / ... (96 episodes, 1980-1985)
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 Denise Florence Stevens Downey (72 episodes, 1981-1985)
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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 exterior shot used used for the governor's mansion was a private mansion in Pasadena, California. It is the Bundy House, located at 1365 South Oakland in Pasadena. It was designed by T. Beverley Keim in 1913. The original interior of the house is entirely intact, including a fabulous domed art glass window overlooking the grand entrance. 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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Clayton Runnymede Endicott III: You heard it from the horse's mouth.
Benson DuBois: And now we're hearing it from the other end.
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Benson episodes on TV Land
7 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have been watching re-runs of "Benson" on TV Land. I love this story of Benson going from butler to bureaucrat to lieutenant governor.

The final episode of the series was a stroke of genius. Governor Gatling finds out that through a loophole in the state constitution, he may run for a third term although everyone simply assumed he was term limited at two terms.

When Gatling announces to Benson and everyone that he's going to run for an unprecedented third term; the relationship between Gatling and Benson chills. Until a television debate where the governor suddenly realizes that what Benson has said is not personal.

The cliffhanger comes when the two meet in the kitchen of the Governor's Mansion and the two sit at the table to reminisce. They both agree that they could both be out of a job if the third candidate in the race wins.

Then Governor Gatling and Benson's attention is drawn to the small TV set where the announcer says "Cap-TV is now prepared to make a projection in the governor's race." Both wish each other good luck and shake hands. Fade to black. The classic of all cliffhangers.


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