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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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    Avg. 3.2 (89 ratings)
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All Upcoming Times for Benson

Episode Air Date Channel

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
  • 11:00PM-11:30PM
  • 8.2
  • WCHSDT2

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
  • 9:00PM-9:30PM
  • 8.2
  • WCHSDT2
  • Tue 2/27
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • 8.2
  • WCHSDT2

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.
  • Wed 2/28
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • 8.2
  • WCHSDT2

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
  • 9:00PM-9:30PM
  • 8.2
  • WCHSDT2
  • Thu 3/1
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • 8.2
  • WCHSDT2

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
  • 9:00PM-9:30PM
  • 8.2
  • WCHSDT2
  • Fri 3/2
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • 8.2
  • WCHSDT2

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
  • 9:00PM-9:30PM
  • 8.2
  • WCHSDT2
  • Sat 3/3
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • 8.2
  • WCHSDT2

Crimes of the Hearth

S04, E09  (First Aired: Dec. 10, 1982)
When Benson's condo is robbed, he finds it won't be easy to catch the culprits.
  • Sun 3/4
  • 11:00PM-11:30PM
  • 8.2
  • WCHSDT2

All Shook Up

S02, E21  (First Aired: May. 15, 1981)
An earthquake traps Benson and Clayton, and the governor runs the state from the kitchen.
  • Mon 3/5
  • 9:00PM-9:30PM
  • 8.2
  • WCHSDT2
  • Tue 3/6
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • 8.2
  • WCHSDT2

Lifesaver

S02, E22  (First Aired: May. 22, 1981)
Benson saves Kraus' life when she chokes on a doughnut, and Kraus drives him crazy with her gratitude.
  • Tue 3/6
  • 9:00PM-9:30PM
  • 8.2
  • WCHSDT2
  • Wed 3/7
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • 8.2
  • WCHSDT2

Benson's Appointment

S03, E01  (First Aired: Nov. 6, 1981)
The governor wants Benson to be the state's new budget director.
  • Wed 3/7
  • 9:00PM-9:30PM
  • 8.2
  • WCHSDT2
  • Thu 3/8
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • 8.2
  • WCHSDT2

The Grass Ain't Greener

S03, E02  (First Aired: Nov. 13, 1981)
Benson poses as a prisoner to investigate conditions at a state prison.
  • Thu 3/8
  • 9:00PM-9:30PM
  • 8.2
  • WCHSDT2
  • Fri 3/9
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • 8.2
  • WCHSDT2

Sit-In

S03, E03  (First Aired: Nov. 27, 1981)
It's Marcy's last day, and a chamber music group stages a musical sit-in to protest budget cuts.
  • Fri 3/9
  • 9:00PM-9:30PM
  • 8.2
  • WCHSDT2
  • Sat 3/10
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • 8.2
  • WCHSDT2