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Private Benjamin 

The misadventures of a spoiled young woman who joins the army and her friends.
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1983   1982   1981  
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Lorna Patterson ...  Pvt. Judy Benjamin 39 episodes, 1981-1983
Hal Williams ...  Sgt. Ted Ross 39 episodes, 1981-1983
Eileen Brennan ...  Capt. Doreen Lewis 39 episodes, 1981-1983
Lisa Raggio ...  Pvt. Maria Gianelli / ... 38 episodes, 1981-1983
Ann Ryerson ...  Pvt. Carol Winter 24 episodes, 1981-1982
Damita Jo Freeman Damita Jo Freeman ...  Pvt. Jackie Sims 22 episodes, 1981-1983
Robert Mandan ...  Col. Lawrence Fielding 20 episodes, 1982-1983
Lucy Webb ...  Pvt. Luanne Hubble 20 episodes, 1981-1982
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Storyline

Based loosely on the 1980 film of the same name, this series follows Private Judy Benjamin, a spoiled socialite, as she struggles through army life. Though she becomes popular with her fellow recruits, her lack of discipline earns the wrath of her superiors. Most of the humor in the series derived from Benjamin and her friends' attempts to evade the watchful eye of their captain. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Polly Holliday was added to the cast after Eileen Brennan was seriously injured after being struck by a speeding car travelling at 50 miles an hour. Polly was intended as a short-term replacement character, but the show was cancelled after she appeared in just two episodes. It was said that the program's marginal ratings, along with Eileen's extended hiatus due to her injuries, made it no longer viable to continue production on the series. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Doreen Lewis: [singing] Happy days are here again! No more Private Ben-jamin...
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Referenced in Barney Miller: Games (1981) See more »

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Memorable Turkey joke
15 July 2002 | by BaldachSee all my reviews

This series tried to take off the success of the movie by the same name. No such luck, maybe it was because that the TV staff could not hire Goldie Hawn to portray Private Benjamin. Even though this series has been off for nearly 20 years I still remember one of the jokes made by Captain Lewis (Eillen Breenan). Captain Lewis was explaining to Private Benjamin why the Army would not promote her to Major. " I made a big mistake. Instead of sending a hundred turkeys to a battalion, I sent a hundred battalions to Turkey"


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La recluta Benjamín See more »

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4:3
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