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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Missy Gold's sister Tracey Gold co-starred on Growing Pains, a sitcom which also aired on ABC concurrently with Benson. Tracey had also auditioned for the role of Katie, and would make a guest appearance on Benson as a cousin of Katie's. 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: You heard it from the horse's mouth.
Benson DuBois: And now we're hearing it from the other end.
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funny
18 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

This was one of my favorite shows growing up. It was a rare example of a spinoff series being more successful than the original, as it spun off from Soap. Robert Guillaume was perfect as the wisecracking butler who assisted the meek governor for whom he worked in various aspects of his life, especially family and business. Benson is later appointed state budget director and then elected Lt. Governor. All in all, I sometimes miss this show due to its humor and characters.


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