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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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
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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Storyline

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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English

Release Date:

13 September 1979 (USA) See more »

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O Poderoso Benson See more »

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Mono

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Color

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4:3
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The show marked the acting debut of a then-unknown young comedian, Jerry Seinfeld. 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 »

Quotes

Benson DuBois: [Benson is firing a pain-in-the-neck staffer] It hasn't been sweet, but hallelujah, it's been short.
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funny
18 March 2002 | by mattkratzSee 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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