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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For a comedy, the show had a strange fascination with death. Several story lines involved minor or unseen characters dying and leaving the main cast somehow in a bind. Many of these deaths were unusual and were often used for comic effect such as that of the Governor's wife who was said to have been killed by horses. She was not trampled, but eaten while wearing a costume made largely of sugar. In one instance, Benson himself dies and meets with his dead mother who tells him he has a choice to either return to the living or proceed to heaven. He only decides to return to the living when he sees how bad life would be for his friends after his death. Finally, late in the series, death itself shows up in the form of G. Reaper, a mysterious man seeking refuge from a storm. Benson then has to defeat him in a game of death themed trivial pursuit to save a bus full of children also threatened by the storm. 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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[Marcie is checking on the results of an election Taylor was running in]
Governor Eugene Xavier Gatling: So how did Taylor do?
Marcy Hill: He lost. He came in sixth.
Benson DuBois: How did he come in sixth? There were only five candidates.
Marcy Hill: There was a large write-in for "None of the above".
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18 March 2002 | by (Richardson, TX) – See all my reviews

This was one of my favorite shows growing up. It was a rare example of a spinoff series being more successful than the original, as it spun off from Soap. Robert Guillaume was perfect as the wisecracking butler who assisted the meek governor for whom he worked in various aspects of his life, especially family and business. Benson is later appointed state budget director and then elected Lt. Governor. All in all, I sometimes miss this show due to its humor and characters.


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