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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | unknown
Release Date:
13 September 1979 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 18 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Benson episodes on TV Land See more (11 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 68)

Robert Guillaume ... Benson DuBois (159 episodes, 1979-1986)

James Noble ... Governor Eugene Xavier Gatling / ... (159 episodes, 1979-1986)

Inga Swenson ... Miss Gretchen Wilomena Kraus / ... (159 episodes, 1979-1986)
Missy Gold ... Katherine 'Katie' Olivia Gatling / ... (158 episodes, 1979-1986)

Rene Auberjonois ... Clayton Runnymede Endicott III / ... (135 episodes, 1980-1986)

Ethan Phillips ... Peter 'Pete' John Downey / ... (97 episodes, 1980-1984)

Didi Conn ... Denise Florence Stevens Downey / ... (73 episodes, 1981-1984)
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Series Directed by
John Rich (43 episodes, 1980-1982)
Bill Foster (43 episodes, 1982-1986)
Gary Brown (21 episodes, 1983-1986)
Rob Dames (11 episodes, 1982-1986)
Jay Sandrich (7 episodes, 1979)
Tony Mordente (5 episodes, 1979-1980)
John Bowab (4 episodes, 1979-1980)
Peter Baldwin (4 episodes, 1979)
Katherine Helmond (3 episodes, 1983-1984)
Bob Fraser (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Asaad Kelada (2 episodes, 1980)
Linda Day (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
Mark Warren (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Gilbert Moses (2 episodes, 1984)
 
Series Writing credits
Susan Harris (158 episodes, 1979-1986)
Rob Dames (34 episodes, 1980-1986)
Bob Fraser (34 episodes, 1980-1986)
Bob Colleary (21 episodes, 1979-1986)
Terry Grossman (18 episodes, 1980-1984)
Kathy Speer (18 episodes, 1980-1984)
Barry Fanaro (11 episodes, 1983-1985)
Mort Nathan (11 episodes, 1983-1985)
Bill Boulware (10 episodes, 1983-1985)
Winifred Hervey (9 episodes, 1983-1985)
Rich Reinhart (7 episodes, 1980-1982)
Jeff Levin (6 episodes, 1979-1980)
Rick McCurdy (6 episodes, 1979-1980)
Tom Reeder (6 episodes, 1979-1980)
Tom Whedon (5 episodes, 1980-1981)
Ralph Phillips (5 episodes, 1982-1983)
Tom Biener (5 episodes, 1985-1986)
Ron Landry (5 episodes, 1985-1986)
John Donley (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
Clay Graham (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
Don Hart (3 episodes, 1982-1986)
Robin Pennington (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
Russ Woody (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
David Langston Smyrl (2 episodes, 1982)

Series Produced by
Paul Junger Witt .... executive producer (158 episodes, 1979-1986)
Tony Thomas .... executive producer (158 episodes, 1979-1986)
Susan Harris .... producer (157 episodes, 1979-1986)
Bob Colleary .... producer (35 episodes, 1980-1983)
Don Richetta .... producer / co-producer (28 episodes, 1979-1981)
Tom Reeder .... producer (23 episodes, 1979-1980)
Bob Fraser .... co-producer / producer (20 episodes, 1980-1986)
Rob Dames .... co-producer / producer (20 episodes, 1981-1983)
Andrew J. Selig .... associate producer (16 episodes, 1979-1980)
Tom Whedon .... producer (10 episodes, 1980-1981)
John Rich .... executive producer (4 episodes, 1980-1981)
Terry Grossman .... co-producer (4 episodes, 1983)
Kathy Speer .... co-producer (4 episodes, 1983)

Tom Biener .... co-producer (unknown episodes, 1985-1986)
Ron Landry .... co-producer (unknown episodes, 1985-1986)
Harry Waterson .... line producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
George Aliceson Tipton (3 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Film Editing by
Bill Petty (4 episodes, 1979-1980)
Gary Anderson (3 episodes, 1979)
Bob Fisher (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Abe Schwartz (2 episodes, 1980)
Michael Riolo (2 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Casting by
Linda Otto (4 episodes, 1979)
Judith Weiner (4 episodes, 1980-1984)
Rhonda Young (4 episodes, 1980-1981)

Harriet B. Helberg (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Design by
Edward Stephenson (158 episodes, 1979-1986)
 
Series Art Direction by
Garvin Eddy (5 episodes, 1980-1982)
 
Series Costume Design by
Judy Evans (30 episodes, 1979-1984)
 
Series Makeup Department
Art Harding .... makeup artist (12 episodes, 1979-1984)
Kathy Weltman .... hair stylist (10 episodes, 1979-1981)
Joyce Conroy .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1979-1984)
 
Series Production Management
Layne Sheppard Salter .... unit manager (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
Joe Neary .... unit manager (4 episodes, 1980-1981)
Loretta Masters .... unit manager (3 episodes, 1979)
Nikki Content .... unit manager (3 episodes, 1980)
Judy Jellinek Pelta .... unit manager (2 episodes, 1984)
Michael Riolo .... post-production supervisor (2 episodes, 1984)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Doug Smart .... associate director (4 episodes, 1980-1981)
Nancy Heydorn .... associate director (3 episodes, 1979)
Don Barnhart .... associate director (2 episodes, 1980)
To Chee Kan .... first assistant director: Hong Kong (2 episodes, 1984)
Hilton L. Smack .... associate director (2 episodes, 1984)
 
Series Sound Department
Ron Cronkhite .... audio / sound (7 episodes, 1979-1980)
Rich Jacob .... audio (6 episodes, 1979-1982)
Allen Patapoff .... re-recording / sound re-recording mixer (6 episodes, 1980-1984)
Nick Kleissas .... audio (2 episodes, 1984)

Ross Davis .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen A. Jones .... camera operator (66 episodes, 1983-1986)
Flor Siqueiros .... camera operator (24 episodes, 1984-1986)
Dale Carlson .... camera operator (24 episodes, 1984-1985)
Alan Keath Walker .... lighting director / lighting designer / ... (15 episodes, 1979-1982)
Carol Wetovich .... camera operator (12 episodes, 1979-1980)
Donna Quante .... camera operator (9 episodes, 1979-1984)
Charles Barrett .... senior video / video (9 episodes, 1979-1981)
Bill Pope .... camera operator (9 episodes, 1979-1981)
Bill Scott .... camera operator (8 episodes, 1979-1981)
Jack Denton .... camera operator (6 episodes, 1979-1980)
John Rago .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1980-1981)
Randy Baer .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1984)

Ron Brooks .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Iris Rosenthal .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
John C. Zak .... lighting director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Linda Otto .... original casting (3 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ron Hodge .... costumer / wardrobe (12 episodes, 1979-1984)
Mary Taylor .... costumer (2 episodes, 1984)
 
Series Editorial Department
Larry Mazzeo .... post-production coordinator (8 episodes, 1979-1981)
Gary Brown .... editorial supervisor (6 episodes, 1979-1980)
Jean Jellinek Jones .... post-production coordinator (6 episodes, 1979-1980)
Frank Merwald .... editorial supervisor (4 episodes, 1980-1981)
Ellen Gittelsohn .... editorial supervisor (2 episodes, 1979)
Skip Collector .... editorial assembly (2 episodes, 1984)
Adria Horton .... post-production coordinator (2 episodes, 1984)
Lex Passaris .... editorial assistant (2 episodes, 1984)
Doug Tobin .... editorial assistant (2 episodes, 1984)
 
Series Music Department
George Aliceson Tipton .... composer: theme music (158 episodes, 1979-1986)
Scott Gale .... music coordinator (5 episodes, 1981-1984)
 
Series Other crew
Frantz Turner .... dialogue director (44 episodes, 1984-1986)
Bob Colleary .... executive story editor (21 episodes, 1979-1980)
Katy Dowdalls .... script supervisor (14 episodes, 1979-1980)
Herm Falk .... technical director (11 episodes, 1979-1984)
Hilton L. Smack .... stage manager (11 episodes, 1979-1982)
Eugene L. Kahn .... script supervisor / production associate / ... (11 episodes, 1980-1984)
Jeanine Fox .... technical manager (10 episodes, 1979-1981)
Linda C. Valles .... assistant to producers / assistant to producer (10 episodes, 1979-1981)
Sue Snyder .... assistant to producers / assistant to producer / ... (9 episodes, 1979-1982)
T.J. Johnston .... production coordinator (7 episodes, 1980-1981)
Richard Baxter .... stage manager (6 episodes, 1979-1980)
Arleen Mahoney .... assistant to producers / production assistant / ... (6 episodes, 1979-1980)
Laurie Gilbert .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1979-1980)
Terry Grossman .... story consultant / executive story consultant (5 episodes, 1980-1982)
Kathy Speer .... story consultant / executive story consultant (5 episodes, 1980-1982)
Chuck Vinson .... stage manager (5 episodes, 1980-1982)
Rob Dames .... story editor (4 episodes, 1980-1981)
Bob Fraser .... story editor (4 episodes, 1980-1981)
Deborah Goodwin .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1980-1981)
Andrew J. Selig .... production executive (4 episodes, 1980-1981)
Paul Wayne .... executive story consultant (3 episodes, 1979)
Jim Wycoff .... production coordinator (3 episodes, 1979)
Michelle Burrage .... production coordinator (3 episodes, 1982-1984)
Fred D'Aguilar .... technical director (2 episodes, 1980-1984)
Harry Waterson .... production (2 episodes, 1980-1984)
Diane Talmage .... assistant to producer (2 episodes, 1981)
Jane Greene .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1984)
Sorel Kaire .... production staff (2 episodes, 1984)
Sylvia O'Gilvie .... production associate (2 episodes, 1984)
John Rago .... technical manager (2 episodes, 1984)
Stacy Saltman .... assistant to executive producers (2 episodes, 1984)
Ellis Toney .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1984)
Sim Dulaney .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1986)
 

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Additional Details

Runtime:
30 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The Governor's Daughter Katie was modeled after then First Daughter Amy Carter.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Gretchen:You insult my cooking. You insult my looks. You insult the way I dress...
Benson DuBois:Did I miss something?
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Benson episodes on TV Land, 7 October 2006
Author: Rick4404 from United States

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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