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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Complete series cast summary:
...  Benson DuBois 159 episodes, 1979-1986
...  Governor Eugene Xavier Gatling 159 episodes, 1979-1986
...  Miss Gretchen Wilomena Kraus 159 episodes, 1979-1986
...  Katherine 'Katie' Olivia Gatling 158 episodes, 1979-1986
...  Clayton Runnymede Endicott III 135 episodes, 1980-1986
...  Peter 'Pete' John Downey / ... 96 episodes, 1980-1985
...  Denise Florence Stevens Downey 72 episodes, 1981-1985
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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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Robert Guillaume's Emmy win as Best Actor ins a Comedy Series made him the first black performer to win in this category. 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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Clayton Runnymede Endicott III: I make money the old-fashioned way. I inherit it.
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Excellent series. Without a doubt, my favorite episode was when Robert Guillaume sang "O Holy Night" during one of the Christmas-time episodes. This was one of the best of this series, of which there were many fine episodes. Actually, the series finale was just weird in that we never found out who actually won the election. Perhaps though it is just as well. Another excellent episode was when Benson saved Krause's life by using the Heimlich Manuver. Years later a young child (maybe pre-teen, I forget) saved the life of a friend using this technique because this child saw this particular Benson episode. Amazing show by some very talented actors.


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