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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Inga Swenson who played the German Miss Kraus was an American of Scandanavian heritage. 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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I HEAR YOU!
23 November 2004 | by (Saco, Maine) – See all my reviews

That was Miss Kraus' favorite line. I swear she had the hearing of a dog. Benson could be at his table in the kitchen and say

something under his breath. Miss Kraus would always yell from an impossibly long distance: "I HEAR YOU!" Clayton and Taylor were jackasses. They were always the foils for Benson's subtle but

ascerbic wit. In one episode, Katie, Governor Gatling's daughter, (that's Gatling as in Gatling gun, folks,) had to write a report on her family. So she got the bright idea to watch The Sound of Music,

(1965), and do a report on the Von Trapp family. When she told her father, he told her to write it about the staff and to consider it her family. So she did and she got a "B" on it some other kid watched

The Sound of Music and did his on the family in the movie. He got an "A." Eugene Gatling, the governor of an unnamed Southern

state, is widowed and Benson goes to work for him. He later

becomes the budget director and lieutenant governor. In one

episode, Kraus writes a convict in prison and unwittingly offers him a job when he shows up unannounced on the doorstep of the

governor's mansion, he turns out to be a great cook. Unfortunately, he's used to cooking for hundreds of convicts. So Kraus gets him

a job at another state agency. When Governor Gatling asks why

he didn't go to Washington to work for Congress, Benson replies that as a condition of his parole, he can't associate with criminals. "I HEAR YOU!"


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