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GOLDEN GLOBES® 1X nominee in 1986

Benson

Following his breakout success on the legendary sitcom Soap, star Robert Guillaume reprises his popular role as beloved butler Benson DuBois in the fabulous first season of this hit spin-off. Though a longtime fixture of Soap's crazy Tate family, Benson is sent by his employer, Jessica, to help run the disorganized household of her widowed cousin, Governor Eugene Gatling (James Noble). Once th...
IMDb 7.1197925 episodes
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Episodes

  1. S1 E1 - Changes (Pilot)
    September 12, 1979
    25min
    ALL
    Benson is searched by guards, soaked by sprinklers, attacked by vicious dogs, mistaken for the Rev. Jesse Jackson and has his life threatened by a tough German housekeeper when he gets a new job.
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  2. S1 E2 - Trust Me
    September 19, 1979
    25min
    7+
    When a potentially damaging new leak upsets the governor's household, Benson does some detective work and restores peace by unmasking the culprit.
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  3. S1 E3 - The President's Double
    September 26, 1979
    25min
    13+
    Benson, known for being a softy, has to lay off staffers including the beloved pastry chef when an economy wave hits the Governor's mansion.
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  4. S1 E4 - Benson in Love
    October 3, 1979
    25min
    ALL
    Benson relaxes his authority with young Katie for a brief moment and spends a long evening regretting it when she sneaks off to a rock concert against strictest orders from her father.
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  5. S1 E5 - Conflict of Interest
    October 17, 1979
    25min
    ALL
    It's virtually love at first sight when Benson meets the lovely Francine, but the lady turns out to be a senator with priorities other than marriage to the governor's butler.
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  6. S1 E6 - The Layoff
    October 24, 1979
    24min
    ALL
    When assassins muff an attempt on African President Ukase's life, Benson is drafted as his double, but only Kraus' quick thinking saves Benson from being their next victim.
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  7. S1 E7 - Snowbound
    October 31, 1979
    25min
    ALL
    When Miss Kraus leads a mansion employees strike, Benson makes a frantic effort to save their jobs by cooking, cleaning, washing and serving a formal dinner like no other.
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  8. S1 E8 - Jessica
    November 7, 1979
    25min
    ALL
    Benson is overjoyed when Marcy falls in love with his old war buddy, until he discovers that his pal is hiding a shocking secret.
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  9. S1 E9 - Don't Quote Me
    November 21, 1979
    25min
    ALL
    Benson is upset with the governor whose political obligations keep him away when his daughter Katie is counting on him to attend her school play.
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  10. S1 E10 - War Stories
    November 28, 1979
    24min
    13+
    Cold, hunger and frazzled nerves are the order of the day when the governor and his staff are snowbound in a remote mountain lodge.
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  11. S1 E11 - Ghost Story
    December 5, 1979
    25min
    ALL
    The governor's mansion gets an extra dose of hilarity when Jessica Tate visits, promptly manages herself in a scandalous situation with a French playboy and calls on Benson to save the day.
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  12. S1 E12 - Taylor's Bid
    December 12, 1979
    25min
    ALL
    Miss Kraus informs an incredulous but nervous staff that a series of strange incidents are the work of the ghost of a governor who was murdered in the mansion 100 years ago.
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  13. S1 E13 - One Strike, You're Out
    December 26, 1979
    24min
    7+
    Taylor plays all his cards, including the ones up his sleeve, when he makes a disastrously funny attempt at running for office, and Benson decides to do some running of his own -- away from Taylor.
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  14. S1 E14 - Just Friends
    January 2, 1980
    24min
    ALL
    Just Friends
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  15. S1 E15 - Chain of Command
    January 9, 1980
    25min
    7+
    Benson and the beleaguered staff face a hilarious problem when an overly ambitious lieutenant governor takes over for a dizzy Gov. Gatling, who is giddy from medication.
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  16. S1 E16 - Bugging the Governor
    January 23, 1980
    25min
    7+
    Hilarity abounds and daily routines go awry when Benson discovers that the governor's mansion has been bugged -- and Benson devises a crazy scheme to smoke out the culprits.
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  17. S1 E17 - The Kraus Affair
    January 30, 1980
    25min
    7+
    Benson and Marcy act like the nervous parents of a teenager when Kraus falls for the butcher -- and they fear he won't ask her for a date unless she becomes more alluring.
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  18. S1 E18 - Checkmate
    February 6, 1980
    25min
    ALL
    Benson and visiting Russian officials move into a hilarious duel of wits when an 11-year-old Soviet chess genius disappears during a tournament at the governor's mansion.
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  19. S1 E19 - Cold Storage
    February 27, 1980
    25min
    ALL
    Laughs abound when Benson and Kraus are trapped in a freezing storage room where their cold war rages on.
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  20. S1 E20 - Old Man Gatling
    March 5, 1980
    25min
    ALL
    The Governor's irascible father arrives for an extended visit during a big conference and spins around the mansion his electric wheelchair, leaving hilarious havoc in his wake.
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  21. S1 E21 - Power Play
    March 19, 1980
    25min
    ALL
    When a character calling himself El Gato leaves a pile of dead fish and a truckload of sludge in protest against a power project, the Governor reconsiders the matter.
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  22. S1 E22 - Takin' It to the Streets
    March 26, 1980
    24min
    ALL
    Benson has to do some hilariously fancy footwork when the governor decides late one night to find out what's really on the minds of his constituents and takes Benson to a rough waterfront bar.
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  23. S1 E23 - The Army Wants You
    April 30, 1980
    25min
    ALL
    Korean war veteran Benson gets a cryptic message from the Army, which shows an alarming interest in his present health.
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  24. S1 E24 - Marcy's Vacation
    May 7, 1980
    25min
    ALL
    When the governor's secretary, Marcy, plans her vacation cruise, she doesn't expect that her temporary replacement will do her job better than she does.
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  25. S1 E25 - Thick as Thieves
    October 30, 1980
    26min
    13+
    Benson and Kraus are taken hostage during a market stickup, and it takes all his diplomacy to keep her from goading the gunmen into shooting them.
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Content advisory
Violencealcohol usesmokingfoul languagesexual content
Audio languages
EnglishEnglish Dialogue Boost: MediumEnglish Dialogue Boost: High
Subtitles
English [CC]
Directors
John RichBill FosterGary BrownRob DamesJay SandrichTony MordenteJohn BowabPeter BaldwinKatherine HelmondBob Fraser
Starring
Robert GuillaumeJames NobleInga Swenson
Studio
ABC Network
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