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Benson

Cast of 'Benson'

  • Robert Guillaume as Benson DuBois
  • James Noble as Governor James Gatling
  • Inga Swenson as Gretchen Kraus
  • Missy Gold as Katie Gatling
  • Caroline McWilliams as Marcy Hill
  • Rene Auberjonois as Clayton Endicott III
  • Ethan Phillips as Pete Downey
  • Jerry Seinfeld as Frankie
  • Didi Conn as Denise Stevens Downey
  • Billie Bird as Mrs. Cassidy
  • Donna LaBrie as Sen. Diane Hartford

Benson

Butler Benson DuBois is the smartest (and possibly only sane) member of widowed Gov. Eugene Gatling's household staff. Benson always manages to keep his head, no matter what the staffers or the governor's family members throw at him. He begins his post on loan from his employer, Jessica Tate (Katherine Helmond) on the show ``Soap,'' but soon wins a permanent place in the governor's staff and heart. His cool head and keen intellect are a perfect complement for the constant craziness that surrounds Gov. Gatling and his entourage.

Premiere:
Sep 13, 1979
Original Network:
ABC
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Benson's Army Reunion

S04, E07  (First Aired: Nov. 26, 1982)
When Benson's army buddies gather for a reunion, some unexpected hard feelings surface.
  • Sun 2/18
  • 8:00PM-8:30PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4

Big Buddy

S02, E11  (First Aired: Feb. 6, 1981)
The press secretary's publicity scheme involves a reluctant Benson in a ``Big Buddy'' program.
  • Mon 2/19
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 21.4
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  • 10:30PM-11:00PM
  • 21.4
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The Fireside Chat

S02, E12  (First Aired: Feb. 13, 1981)
Benson intervenes when a lovers' spat threatens to disrupt the governor's live TV show.
  • Tue 2/20
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4
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  • 10:30PM-11:00PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4

Marcy's Wedding

S02, E13  (First Aired: Feb. 20, 1981)
Marcy's mother shows a talent for disrupting Benson's smoothly organized wedding plans.
  • Wed 2/21
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 21.4
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  • 10:30PM-11:00PM
  • 21.4
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Rivals

S02, E14  (First Aired: Feb. 27, 1981)
Kraus' childhood rival is visiting from Germany and expects to find Kraus married to the governor.
  • Thu 2/22
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 21.4
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  • 10:30PM-11:00PM
  • 21.4
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No Sad Songs

S02, E15  (First Aired: Mar. 6, 1981)
Benson learns the meaning of faith as a result of his mother's visit.
  • Fri 2/23
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 21.4
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  • 10:30PM-11:00PM
  • 21.4
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Benson's New Home

S04, E08  (First Aired: Dec. 3, 1982)
Benson buys a condominium but discovers that it isn't the dream home he expected.
  • Sun 2/25
  • 8:00PM-8:30PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4

Clayton Go Home

S02, E16  (First Aired: Mar. 13, 1981)
Clayton moves into the mansion after receiving death threats for foiling a bribe attempt.
  • Mon 2/26
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 21.4
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  • 10:30PM-11:00PM
  • 21.4
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Easy Kid Stuff

S02, E17  (First Aired: Mar. 20, 1981)
When Benson cares for his young friend Mike for a few days, the results are chaotic.
  • Tue 2/27
  • 10:30PM-11:00PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4

Homework

S02, E18  (First Aired: Apr. 3, 1981)
Katie's essay about her family includes the entire mansion staff, seen in humorous flashbacks.
  • Wed 2/28
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 21.4
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  • 10:30PM-11:00PM
  • 21.4
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Handwriting on the Wall

S02, E19  (First Aired: Apr. 10, 1981)
An insider seems to be behind mysterious threats over a decision the governor makes.
  • Thu 3/1
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 21.4
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  • 10:30PM-11:00PM
  • 21.4
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The Governor's House Call

S02, E20  (First Aired: May. 8, 1981)
A practical joke lands the governor, Benson and Clayton inside a bordello.
  • Fri 3/2
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4
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  • 10:30PM-11:00PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4