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

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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | unknown
Release Date:
13 September 1979 (USA) See more »
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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:
A Great One For Laughs 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
Susan Harris .... producer (158 episodes, 1979-1986)
Paul Junger Witt .... executive producer (158 episodes, 1979-1986)
Tony Thomas .... executive producer (158 episodes, 1979-1986)
Bob Colleary .... producer (34 episodes, 1980-1983)
Don Richetta .... producer / co-producer (27 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 (9 episodes, 1980-1981)
Terry Grossman .... co-producer (4 episodes, 1983)
Kathy Speer .... co-producer (4 episodes, 1983)
John Rich .... executive producer (3 episodes, 1980-1981)

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 (3 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 (3 episodes, 1980-1981)

Harriet B. Helberg (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Design by
Edward Stephenson (158 episodes, 1979-1986)
 
Series Art Direction by
Garvin Eddy (4 episodes, 1980-1982)
 
Series Costume Design by
Judy Evans (29 episodes, 1979-1984)
 
Series Makeup Department
Art Harding .... makeup artist (11 episodes, 1979-1984)
Kathy Weltman .... hair stylist (9 episodes, 1979-1981)
Joyce Conroy .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1979-1984)
 
Series Production Management
Layne Sheppard Salter .... unit manager (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
Loretta Masters .... unit manager (3 episodes, 1979)
Joe Neary .... unit manager (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Nikki Content .... unit manager (3 episodes, 1980)
Garry A. Brown .... post-production supervisor (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
Judy Jellinek Pelta .... unit manager (2 episodes, 1984)
Michael Riolo .... post-production supervisor (2 episodes, 1984)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nancy Heydorn .... associate director (3 episodes, 1979)
Doug Smart .... associate director (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
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 (5 episodes, 1979-1982)
Allen Patapoff .... re-recording / sound re-recording mixer (5 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 / ... (14 episodes, 1979-1982)
Carol Wetovich .... camera operator (12 episodes, 1979-1980)
Donna Quante .... camera operator (8 episodes, 1979-1984)
Charles Barrett .... senior video / video (8 episodes, 1979-1981)
Bill Pope .... camera operator (8 episodes, 1979-1981)
William Scott .... camera operator (7 episodes, 1979-1981)
Jack Denton .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
John Rago .... camera operator (3 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 (11 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 (3 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 (10 episodes, 1979-1982)
Eugene L. Kahn .... script supervisor / production associate / ... (10 episodes, 1980-1984)
Jeanine Fox .... technical manager (9 episodes, 1979-1981)
Linda C. Valles .... assistant to producers / assistant to producer (9 episodes, 1979-1981)
Sue Snyder .... assistant to producers / assistant to producer / ... (8 episodes, 1979-1982)
Richard Baxter .... stage manager (6 episodes, 1979-1980)
Arleen Mahoney .... assistant to producers / production assistant / ... (6 episodes, 1979-1980)
T.J. Johnston .... production coordinator (6 episodes, 1980-1981)
Laurie Gilbert .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1979-1980)
Terry Grossman .... story consultant / executive story consultant (4 episodes, 1980-1982)
Kathy Speer .... story consultant / executive story consultant (4 episodes, 1980-1982)
Chuck Vinson .... stage manager (4 episodes, 1980-1982)
Paul Wayne .... executive story consultant (3 episodes, 1979)
Jim Wycoff .... production coordinator (3 episodes, 1979)
Rob Dames .... story editor (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Bob Fraser .... story editor (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Deborah Goodwin .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Andrew J. Selig .... production executive (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Michelle Burrage .... production coordinator (3 episodes, 1982-1984)
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)
 

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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
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:I'm going out and have myself a wild time.
Benson DuBois:Don't forget your library card.
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A Great One For Laughs, 5 June 2006
Author: yaheekt from United States

I just saw the "Benson" show for the first time this weekend. It was during the TV Land, 48-hour, Benson Marathon! I had a ball!

I NEVER knew someone could laugh so much and so hard! My favorite episode was the one in which Clayton is kidnapped. That was a good one! Trouble never fails to catch up with that guy! And what a rescue team....Uh yeah!!!....Not!

My next favorite episode involved Klaus' SPOOF-OF-A-MARRIAGE! Could kind of guess what was coming but it was fun to watch anyway! I spent the whole weekend holding my sides and trying NOT to laugh continuously! Needless to say, I failed! Oh well, you can't win them all! HA HA HA!

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