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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 »
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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 »
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Benson's James Noble Dead at 94
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Friday nights at 7p.m. CST See more (13 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 / ... (96 episodes, 1980-1985)

Didi Conn ... Denise Florence Stevens Downey / ... (72 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)
Phil Margo (2 episodes, 1985)
Don Segall (2 episodes, 1985)

Series Produced by
Paul Junger Witt .... executive producer (158 episodes, 1979-1986)
Tony Thomas .... executive producer (158 episodes, 1979-1986)
Bob Fraser .... producer / co-producer (83 episodes, 1980-1986)
Rob Dames .... producer / co-producer (83 episodes, 1981-1986)
Bob Colleary .... producer (49 episodes, 1980-1983)
John Rich .... executive producer (44 episodes, 1980-1982)
Don Richetta .... producer / co-producer (28 episodes, 1979-1981)
Susan Harris .... producer (24 episodes, 1979-1980)
Marsha Posner Williams .... associate producer (24 episodes, 1981-1982)
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)
Tom Biener .... co-producer (22 episodes, 1985-1986)
Greg Giangregorio .... associate producer (22 episodes, 1985-1986)
Ron Landry .... co-producer (22 episodes, 1985-1986)
Andrew J. Selig .... associate producer (16 episodes, 1979-1980)
Gary Brown .... co-producer (8 episodes, 1984)
Norman Barasch .... executive producer (4 episodes, 1981)

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 (47 episodes, 1980-1985)
Jennifer Jackson Part (23 episodes, 1982-1986)
Rhonda Young (22 episodes, 1980-1981)
Harriet B. Helberg (22 episodes, 1981-1982)
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 (13 episodes, 1979-1986)
Kathy Weltman .... hair stylist (10 episodes, 1979-1981)
Joyce Conroy .... hair stylist (4 episodes, 1979-1986)
 
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)
Michael Riolo .... post-production supervisor (3 episodes, 1984-1986)
Judy Jellinek Pelta .... unit manager (2 episodes, 1984)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hilton L. Smack .... associate director (45 episodes, 1983-1986)
Doug Smart .... associate director (44 episodes, 1980-1982)
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 (3 episodes, 1984-1986)

Ross Davis .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen A. Jones .... camera operator (66 episodes, 1983-1986)
Dale Carlson .... camera operator (24 episodes, 1984-1985)
Flor Siqueiros .... camera operator (23 episodes, 1984-1986)
Alan Keath Walker .... lighting director / lighting designer / ... (15 episodes, 1979-1982)
Carol Wetovich .... camera operator (12 episodes, 1979-1980)
Donna Quante .... camera operator (10 episodes, 1979-1986)
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)
Victor Bagdadi .... video (2 episodes, 1984-1986)
Donald A. Morgan .... lighting (2 episodes, 1984-1986)

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 (13 episodes, 1979-1986)
Mary Taylor .... costumer (3 episodes, 1984-1986)
 
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 (60 episodes, 1981-1986)
 
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)
Susan Palladino .... production consultant / production executive (45 episodes, 1983-1986)
Bill Boulware .... executive story editor / story editor (44 episodes, 1983-1985)
Winifred Hervey .... executive story editor / story editor (44 episodes, 1983-1985)
Frantz Turner .... dialogue director (43 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)
Bob Colleary .... executive story editor / story editor (22 episodes, 1979-1986)
Rich Reinhart .... story editor (22 episodes, 1981-1982)
Barry Fanaro .... story editor (22 episodes, 1984-1985)
Mort Nathan .... story editor (22 episodes, 1984-1985)
John Donley .... story editor (22 episodes, 1985-1986)
Clay Graham .... story editor (22 episodes, 1985-1986)
Katy Dowdalls .... script supervisor (14 episodes, 1979-1980)
Herm Falk .... technical director (12 episodes, 1979-1986)
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)
Michelle Burrage .... production coordinator (4 episodes, 1982-1986)
Paul Wayne .... executive story consultant (3 episodes, 1979)
Jim Wycoff .... production coordinator (3 episodes, 1979)
Harry Waterson .... production (3 episodes, 1980-1986)
Sylvia O'Gilvie .... production associate (3 episodes, 1984-1986)
Stacy Saltman .... assistant to executive producers / stage manager (3 episodes, 1984-1986)
Ellis Toney .... stage manager (3 episodes, 1984-1986)
Fred D'Aguilar .... technical director (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)
John Rago .... technical manager (2 episodes, 1984)
Sim Dulaney .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1986)
 

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Trivia:
The sixth season episode "Scenario" (original airdate 22 February 1985) was the first network drama episode to demonstrate the use of the internet. The computer network they were accessing was the ARPANET which was an internet prototype used by the US military and government.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:
Clayton Runnymede Endicott III:I make money the old-fashioned way. I inherit it.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in ABC's 50th Anniversary Celebration (2003) (TV)See more »

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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Friday nights at 7p.m. CST, 6 September 2006
Author: S.R. Dipaling from Topeka, Kansas, USA

I watched this show regularly for about four years or so,all the way to it's last show in 1986. By then,it had been moved to Saturday nights,with ABC clearly putting it out to pasture as the ratings were probably slowing(if not outright dipping)and the writing and story-lines getting more contrived and preachy over the last two seasons. Still,I got into this show and enjoyed it quite a bit.

A spin-off of the groundbreaking,controversial and(in my and I'm sure not the only opinion)brilliant "Soap",this show followed the life of acerbic but humane and wise butler-turned-house servant-turned-budget secretary-turned lieutenant Governor Benson DuBois(Robert Guillame,who seemed to be born to play this role). He,similar to his role on "Soap",has to put up with his share of rich(and almost entirely white)stuffed-shirts and makes friends with the TAte-Gatling family,only this time it's with Jessica Tate's cousin,the Governor himself(JAmes Noble,who is FANTASTIC here)and his daughter KAtie(Missy Gold,who will always be a cute blonde kid to me).It is the Governor,in fact,who appoints Benson to his posts in the Mansion,and Benson in turn puts up with the jovial absent-mindedness that the Gov exudes,being an aid as well as a gentle foil. The primary antagonism/grudging compatriots in the show came from the dour German housekeeper Gretchen Kraus(Inga Swenson,who probably had trouble getting casting directors to NOT cast her as Teutonic women after this show)and the pompous ass of an adviser Clayton Endicott III(Rene Auberjonois,another great actor that probably had to work hard to free himself from being typecast). Also,Benson ended up befriending his secretary Denise(Didi Conn,who will always be Frenchy from Grease to millions!)and her eventual husband,the lovably scattered gubernatorial staffer Pete Downey(Ethan Phillips,still working,Thank God!).Also featured as the staff(mostly in the first two seasons,which I must confess I have not seen as much of as the later shows) were Harris/Thomas/Witt standby Caroline McWilliams,Lewis Stadlen,co-producer Bob Fraser and Jerry Seinfeld(!).

This show was early Friday nights for me when I was too young to have much (if any) of a social life,and while the humor and pacing may seem dated and slow by today's standards(put this up against something like "Seinfeld" or "Scrubs" and see what I mean),watching it on TVLand again had me laughing out loud at times and appreciating this show for what it was:simple sitcom material done right. While this show does SEEM like twenty years or more has passed,it's a good t.v. memory,something that to me makes television worth watching.

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