Benson (1979–1986)
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The Army Wants You 

Benson learns that while he was in the Army he may have been a test subject as part of a top-secret experiment in germ warfare without his knowledge.

Director:

Tony Mordente

Writers:

Susan Harris (created by), Paul Raley

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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Robert Guillaume ... Benson DuBois
James Noble ... Governor Eugene Xavier Gatling
Inga Swenson ... Miss Gretchen Wilomena Kraus
Caroline McWilliams ... Marcy Hill
Missy Gold ... Katherine 'Katie' Olivia Gatling
Lewis J. Stadlen ... John Taylor
Jack Dodson ... Major
Marshall Thompson ... General
Anthony Charnota Anthony Charnota ... Sergeant
Raymond Singer ... Harmon
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Storyline

Everybody in the Governor's mansion, except Benson, has come down with the flu when Benson receives a letter from the Army ordering him to report to the nearby base. While there, he learns that while he was in the Army a top-secret experiment in germ warfare was conducted on servicemen returning from Korea, who were exposed to possibly dangerous bacteria and never told what had been done, and Benson is one of those subjects. Now he has to find out whether or not he's sick and everyone else is more worried than him. Written by Tony Scheinman

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Genres:

Comedy | Family

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This plot is an allusion to the Tuskegee experiments which, from 1932 to 1972, studied the effects of untreated syphilis in black males. Participants were told they were in a study for which they would receive free medical care, were not informed they had the disease, and were intentionally left untreated for 40 years despite the fact that penicillin had become a standard treatment since 1947 in order to study the diseases effects over time. The study became an infamous example of unethical medical research when the 1979 Belmont Report published details of the study the year before this aired, and the incident led to the creation of new rules for conducting clinical research. See more »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1980 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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