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Private Benjamin 

The misadventures of a spoiled young woman who joins the army and her friends.




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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »




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


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 »


Capt. Doreen Lewis: [singing] Happy days are here again! No more Private Ben-jamin...
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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.52 (2009) See more »

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Saving Private Benjamin

All I'm here for tonight is to say that I'd rather like to see this one again. This week I've been watching MAJOR MOVIE STAR with Jessica Simpson, and it falls short of Goldie Hawn's PRIVATE BENJAMIN in many ways. I have only vague memories of the TV- series, but I think that too could kick sand into the 'more major movie' that really just should have been a whole lot more, it if was to be a major improvement.

Reading the reviews here, I do believe my objective here is entirely useless. No amount of nagging can resurrect something that has clearly been written off even by the few of you who remember it and bothered to correspond. Downloading attempts can't get to first base as the target doesn't even exist, except for the montage. The TV series' fans are all deserters. Standing alone, with no American backing me up,I can do naught but surrender and raise the white flag. My platoon's wiped out. Lorna's PRIVATE BENJAMIN cannot be saved, it falls to viewer apathy.

Really, was it as bad as you're making it out to be? There is considerably worse junk floating out there gobbled up by you ingrates.

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6 April 1981 (USA) See more »

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