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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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Susan Harris
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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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Trivia

Benson's name on Soap was simply "Benson"; he had no last name (that we knew about). Likewise, in the pilot of this show Marcie introduces Benson to the Governor as simply "Benson from your cousin Jessica's family". We never hear the "Dubois" until later in the series; he's simply Benson. 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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Referenced in The Muppets (2011) See more »

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A Great One For Laughs
5 June 2006 | by yaheektSee all my reviews

I just saw the "Benson" show for the first time this weekend. It was during the TV Land, 48-hour, Benson Marathon! I had a ball!

I NEVER knew someone could laugh so much and so hard! My favorite episode was the one in which Clayton is kidnapped. That was a good one! Trouble never fails to catch up with that guy! And what a rescue team....Uh yeah!!!....Not!

My next favorite episode involved Klaus' SPOOF-OF-A-MARRIAGE! Could kind of guess what was coming but it was fun to watch anyway! I spent the whole weekend holding my sides and trying NOT to laugh continuously! Needless to say, I failed! Oh well, you can't win them all! HA HA HA!


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13 September 1979 (USA) See more »

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