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Benson (1979-1986)



Benson

(1979-1986)

Comedy / Sitcom

30 minutes

Cast:

Robert Guillaume as Benson DuBois
James Noble as Governor Eugene Xavier Gatling
Inga Swenson as Miss Gretchen Wilomena Kraus
Missy Gold as Katherine 'Katie' Olivia Gatling
Lewis J. Stadlen as John Taylor
Rene Auberjonois as Clayton Runnymede Endicott III
Ethan Phillips as Peter 'Pete' John Downey

This ABC sitcom aired for 158 episodes on television from September 13, 1979 to April 19, 1986, and was a spinoff of the TV show, "Soap".

Benson DuBois is a no-nonsense butler, sent to manage the household of Governor Eugene Gatling, a widower, and his daughter, Katie, at the Governor’s mansion.

While managing the household, Benson interacts with Kraus, the German cook, John Taylor and then Clayton Endicott III, the Governor’s chief of staff, and Marcy Hill and then Denise, the Governor’s secretary.

As the series progressed, so did Benson’s responsibilities, and he moved from being butler to budget director for the state, and then to Lieutenant Governor.  The program ended with a cliffhanger at the end of the last season with Benson running against Governor Gatling for the office of Governor.

Benson Intro

Episodes:

Season One
 
1.      Pilot 9/13/1979

2.      Trust Me 9/20/1979

3.      The President's Double 9/27/1979

4.      Benson in Love 10/4/1979
 
5.      Conflict of Interest 10/18/1979

6.      The Layoff 10/25/1979

7.      Snowbound 11/1/1979

8.      Jessica 11/8/1979

9.      Don't Quote Me 11/22/1979

10.     War Stories 11/29/1979
 
11.     Ghost Story 12/6/1979

12.     Taylor's Bid 12/13/1979

13.     One Strike, You're Out 12/27/1979

14.     Just Friends 1/3/1980

15.     Chain of Command 1/10/1980
 
16.     Bugging the Governor 1/24/1980

17.     Kraus Affair 1/31/1980

18.     Checkmate 2/7/1980

19.     Cold Storage 2/28/1980

20.     Old Man Gatlin' 3/6/1980

21.     Power Play 3/20/1980
 
22.     Takin' It to the Streets 3/27/1980

23.     The Army Wants You 5/1/1980

24.     Marcy's Vacation 5/8/1980

Season Two
 
25.     Thick as Thieves 10/31/1980
 
26.     Benson in the Hospital 11/7/1980

27.     Fool's Gold 11/14/1980

28.     Masquerade 11/21/1980

29.     First Lady 11/28/1980

30.     Citizen Kraus 12/12/1980

31.     Benson's Groupie 12/19/1980

32.     In High Places 1/9/1981

33.     Old School Ties 1/16/1981

34.     The Apartment 1/23/1981

35.     Big Buddy 2/6/1981

36.     Fireside Chat 2/13/1981
 
37.     Marcy's Wedding 2/20/1981

38.     Rivals 2/27/1981

39.     No Sad Songs 3/6/1981

40.     Clayton, Go Home 3/13/1981

41.     Easy Kid Stuff 3/20/1981

42.     Homework 4/3/1981
 
43.     Handwriting on the Wall 4/10/1981

44.     The Governor's House Call 5/8/1981

45.     All Shook Up 5/15/1981

46.     Lifesaver 5/22/1981

Season Three
 
47.     Benson's Appointment 11/6/1981

48.     The Grass Ain't Greener 11/13/1981

49.     Sit-In 11/27/1981

50.     Double Exposure 12/4/1981

51.     The Lobbyist 12/11/1981
 
52.     Stress 12/18/1981

53.     Rainbow's End 12/25/1981

54.     Once in a Blue Moon 1/8/1982

55.     Kraus Falls in Love 1/15/1982

56.     Stocks & Options 1/22/1982
 
57.     Kraus's Deadly Mistake 2/5/1982

58.     Wild Irish Rose 2/12/1982

59.     Street Gangs 2/19/1982

60.     Katie's Romance 2/26/1982

61.     Clayton's Condo 3/5/1982
 
62.     Getting Even 3/12/1982

63.     Pete the Hero 3/19/1982

64.     In the Red 3/26/1982

65.     Teed Off 4/2/1982

66.     The Party's Over 4/30/1982

67.     The Lumber Mill 5/7/1982
 
68.     Black Tuesday 5/14/1982

Season Four
 
69.     Death in a Funny Position (1) 10/22/1982

70.     Death in a Funny Position (2) 10/22/1982
 
71.     What a Revoltin' Development 10/29/1982

72.     Thy Brother's Keeper 11/5/1982

73.     Quest for Retire 11/12/1982

74.     Teacher's Pest 11/19/1982

75.     Benson's Army Reunion 11/26/1982
 
76.     Benson's New Home 12/3/1982

77.     Crimes of the Hearth 12/10/1982

78.     Mary and Her Lambs 12/17/1982

79.     Pen Pal 12/31/1982

80.     The Honeymooners 1/7/1983
 
81.     Close Encounters on the Third Hole 1/14/1983

82.     Katie's Boyfriend 1/21/1983

83.     The Royal Painting 1/28/1983

84.     Boy's Night Out 2/4/1983

85.     Family Tree 2/18/1983
 
86.     Calamity Kraus 2/25/1983

87.     Kraus Sings the Blues 3/4/1983

88.     Half-Court Trap 3/11/1983

89.     A View From the Roof 3/18/1983

90.     Love in a Funny Phase 3/31/1983

Season Five
 
91.     Band of Gold 9/16/1983

92.     Human Element 9/23/1983

93.     God, I Need This Job 9/30/1983

94.     Who's Arnold? 10/7/1983
 
95.     Full Court Press 10/21/1983

96.     Down the Drain 10/28/1983

97.     It Ain't Sheik 11/4/1983

98.     You Can't Give It Away 11/11/1983

99.     Katie's Cookies 11/18/1983
 
100.    Labor Pains 11/25/1983

101.    Unlisted Love 12/2/1983

102.    The Governor's Brain is Missing 12/16/1983

103.    A Real Gone Daddy 12/23/1983

104.    Too Pooped to Pip 1/6/1984
 
105.    In All the Wrong Places 1/13/1984

106.    Embarrassing Moments 1/20/1984

107.    Take My Life, Please 1/27/1984

108.    Beauty and the Beef 2/3/1984

109.    We Deliver 2/24/1984
 
110.    The Endicott Dynasty 3/2/1984

111.    The Little Hotel That Could 3/9/1984

112.    Let's Play Doctor 5/4/1984

Season Six
 
113.    The Scandal 9/21/1984
 
114.    The Inheritance 9/28/1984

115.    Let's Get Physical 10/12/1984

116.    The Campaign 10/19/1984

117.    The Election 10/26/1984

118.    Made in Hong Kong (1) 11/2/1984
 
119.    Made in Hong Kong (2) 11/9/1984

120.    Hello, We Must Be Going 11/16/1984

121.    Double Date 11/23/1984

122.    Taking it to the Max 11/30/1984

123.    The Reunion 12/7/1984
 
124.    Make War, Not Love 12/14/1984

125.    Home for Christmas 12/21/1984

126.    On the Road 1/11/1985

127.    Take This Job and Love It 1/18/1985

128.    Making Change 1/25/1985
 
129.    Solid Gold 2/1/1985

130.    The Oval Office 2/8/1985

131.    Mid-life Cowboy 2/15/1985

132.    Scenario 2/22/1985

133.    Portrait of a Politician 3/15/1985

134.    Katie's Cousin 3/22/1985
 
135.    The Bookburner 3/29/1985

136.    Jung at Heart 4/5/1985

Season Seven
 
137.    Benson the Hero 10/4/1985

138.    Love and Politics 10/11/1985
 
139.    Uncle Jack 10/18/1985

140.    The Stranger 10/25/1985

141.    We Spy 11/8/1985

142.    $1,000,000 an Hour 11/15/1985

143.    Flight of the Dodo (1) 11/29/1985

144.    Flight of the Dodo (2) 12/6/1985

145.    Two Boys and Their Dog 12/13/1985

146.    Last Man on Earth 1/3/1986

147.    Secret Love 1/18/1986

148.    Summer of Discontent 1/25/1986
 
149.    Parade Rest 2/1/1986

150.    Reel Murder (1) 2/8/1986

151.    Reel Murder (2) 2/15/1986

152.    The Hat and the Ring 2/22/1986

153.    The Bucks Stop Here 3/1/1986
 
154.    Pardon Me 3/15/1986

155.    Hi, Society 3/22/1986

156.    Three on a Mismatch 3/29/1986

157.    Friends and Enemies 4/12/1986

158.    And the Winner is ...4/19/1986




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