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"Benson" (1979) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1979-1986

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Benson: Season 2: Episode 1 -- Benson and Kraus are taken hostage during a market stickup, and it takes all his diplomacy to keep her from goading the gunmen into shooting them.

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Writer:
Susan Harris (created by)
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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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 18 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
I HEAR YOU! See more (11 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 79)

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 / ... (98 episodes, 1980-1985)

Didi Conn ... Denise Florence Stevens Downey / ... (74 episodes, 1981-1985)
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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)
Bob Fraser (34 episodes, 1980-1986)
Rob Dames (33 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)
Don Hart (5 episodes, 1982-1986)
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)
Richard Vaczy (3 episodes, 1982-1983)
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 (110 episodes, 1979-1986)
Bob Fraser .... producer / co-producer (61 episodes, 1980-1986)
Rob Dames .... producer / co-producer (61 episodes, 1981-1985)
Bob Colleary .... producer (49 episodes, 1980-1983)
John Rich .... executive producer (44 episodes, 1980-1982)
Don Richetta .... producer / co-producer (28 episodes, 1979-1981)
Marsha Posner Williams .... associate producer / co-producer (25 episodes, 1981-1985)
Tom Reeder .... producer (23 episodes, 1979-1980)
Tom Whedon .... producer (22 episodes, 1980-1981)
Terry Grossman .... co-producer (22 episodes, 1983-1984)
Kathy Speer .... co-producer (22 episodes, 1983-1984)
Gil Junger .... associate producer (22 episodes, 1984-1985)
Andrew J. Selig .... associate producer (16 episodes, 1979-1980)
Gary Brown .... co-producer (8 episodes, 1984)
Norman Barasch .... executive producer (4 episodes, 1981)

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
Judith Weiner (69 episodes, 1980-1986)
Rhonda Young (22 episodes, 1980-1981)
Harriet B. Helberg (22 episodes, 1981-1982)
Jennifer Jackson Part (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
Linda Otto (4 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Production Design by
Edward Stephenson (158 episodes, 1979-1986)
 
Series Art Direction by
Garvin Eddy (66 episodes, 1980-1983)
 
Series Costume Design by
Judy Evans (155 episodes, 1979-1986)
 
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 (44 episodes, 1980-1982)
Hilton L. Smack .... associate director (44 episodes, 1983-1985)
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)
 
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 (59 episodes, 1981-1984)
 
Series Other crew
Terry Grossman .... story consultant / executive story consultant (45 episodes, 1980-1982)
Kathy Speer .... story consultant / executive story consultant (45 episodes, 1980-1982)
Bill Boulware .... executive story editor / story editor (44 episodes, 1983-1985)
Winifred Hervey .... executive story editor / story editor (44 episodes, 1983-1985)
Susan Palladino .... production consultant (44 episodes, 1983-1985)
Frantz Turner .... dialogue director (44 episodes, 1984-1986)
Rob Dames .... executive story consultant / story editor (26 episodes, 1980-1982)
Bob Fraser .... executive story consultant / story editor (26 episodes, 1980-1982)
Rich Reinhart .... story editor (22 episodes, 1981-1982)
Barry Fanaro .... story editor (22 episodes, 1984-1985)
Mort Nathan .... story editor (22 episodes, 1984-1985)
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)
Chuck Vinson .... stage manager (5 episodes, 1980-1982)
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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The show marked the acting debut of a then-unknown young comedian, Jerry Seinfeld.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:
Katherine Olivia Gatling:Benson, what's a broken heart?
Benson DuBois:Oh, there's no such thing, Katie. It's just a term we use to describe one of life's little disappointment that comes close to killing you.
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6 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
I HEAR YOU!, 23 November 2004
Author: bcolquho from Saco, Maine

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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