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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

[Benson walks into the governor's office]
Governor Eugene Xavier Gatling: Benson, I must be psychic. I was just thinking of you and here you are.
Benson DuBois: Governor, you sent for me.
Governor Eugene Xavier Gatling: Oh. That's probably why I was thinking of you.
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Referenced in The Golden Girls: Blind Ambitions (1986) See more »

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One of the best from the late 70's-early 80's
18 April 2001 | by raysondSee all my reviews

This was a show of all shows that was one of ABC-TV's brilliant Friday night lineup schedule back in the late 1970's and throughout the mid-1980's.The producers of this show(Paul Junger Witt and Terry Thomas) went on to create other successful series to follow like "It's A Living" and "The Golden Girls",and "Empty Nest",but "Benson" is one of their best works ever. This was actually a spin-off on a earlier show called "Soap" in which Robert Guillaume's character was changed from a household servant to Lt. Governor of a huge party of characters and so forth. The reason I watch this show was that of Robert Guillaume's character...He was witty,humorous and hilariously funny. The result made Robert Guillaume a household name not to mention putting this show at the top of the Nielsen ratings during it's run. His constant squabbles with Rene Auberjonois(Clayton Endicott) and Inga Swenson(one of Guillaume's fellow alumni from "Soap")not to mention Governor Gatling(James Noble) made that show was it was and it was the most funniest show on the air during its day. Over the course of the show's run,it was nominated for a total of 17 Emmys. It won two including Best Actor in a Comedy Series for Guillaume's second-to-last season portraying the title character,marking him second to The Jeffersons' Sherman Hemsley as the only African-American actor to win the award. The show lasted seven seasons on ABC-TV producing 158 episodes that aired from the debut episode on September 13,1979 and ending with the two-part series finale on April 19,1986. Most recently,the Antenna TV Channel has brought "Benson" back on the air after missing in action on television for merely a decade since it's original broadcast.


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