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Benson 

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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Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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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 / ... 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 played the same character on both "Soap" and "Benson". Inga Swenson and Caroline McWilliams appeared on both shows as well, however they did play a different characters on each show. Katherine Helmond played Jessica Tate on both shows as well. See more »

Quotes

Gretchen: I'm going out and have myself a wild time.
Benson DuBois: Don't forget your library card.
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Connections

Referenced in Bloodz vs. Wolvez (2006) See more »

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Coming to TV Land!
25 May 2006 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

I watched Benson before I saw any episodes of Soap so I never knew the connection. I remember watching an episode with the lovely Katherine Helmond guest starring reprising her soap role. Her character's date ends up dead and it could be scandalous. Her character turns to Benson for help. Of course, he helps out rather than let his beloved friend in trouble. His character's rise from governor's head housekeeper to Lieutenant Governor is a bit unrealistic but he makes it believable for the audience. I remember him winning an Emmy. I think it's a first for an African American actor to win for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. I remember cast of characters including an understated actress named Inga Swenson who played Olga. Peter Noble who played the widowed Governor very well. Rene Aubernois who played Benson's nemesis. I won't write enemies because they weren't. I remember them being at odds with each other. I loved Didi Conn who played secretary and the man who played her on screen husband. They left before the show ended after 7 seasons. I also remember Missy Gold, Tracey's Gold's older sister, who played the Governor's daughter. I'm kind of sad that it's been twenty years since it left our airways. Friday nights were never the same on the ABC network. Good shows like Benson are hard to come by nowadays.


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