BENSON


September 13, 1979 - August 30, 1986
ABC Situation Comedy - 158 Episodes

Cast:

Benson DuBois:   Robert Guillaume
Governor James Gatling:   James Noble
Gretchen Kraus:   Inga Swenson
Katie Gatling:   Missy Gold
Marcy Hill:   Caroline McWilliams
John Taylor:   Lewis J. Stadlen
Clayton Endicott III:   Rene Auberjonois
Pete Downey:   Ethan Phillips
Frankie:   Jerry Seinfeld
Denise Stevens Downey:   Didi Conn
Mrs. Rose Cassidy:   Billie Bird
Sen. Diane Hartford:   Donna LaBrie
Sen. Leonard Tyler:   Bob Fraser

In this spin-off from Soap, Benson the black butler, was sent by Jessica Tate to
help her widowed cousin, Governor James Gatling, a sweet, well-meaning man,
but terribly naive. Benson was is charge of the Governor's household and
helped raise little Katie, the Governor's daughter. Benson was constantly at
odds with Gretchen Kraus, the sharp-tongued German housekeeper. Benson
assisted the meek governor in deciding what to do, both politcally and
personally. He was usually of more help than the Governor's politcal aides:
John Taylor (1979-1980) and Clayton Endicott (1980-1986), both of whom
resented Benson's considerable influence on the Governor. The other
characters at and about the mansion were: Marcy Hill, the Governor's
secretary (1979-1981); Pete Downing, the bumbling press assistant;
and Frankie, the messenger boy.

In 1981 Benson was appointed state budget director, giving him added
responsibilities as well as his own secretary, Denise, who later married
Pete. Benson's remarkable rise continued in 1984 when he was elected
Lieutenant Governor, and in 1986, in the series final episodes, he ran
against his mentor Governor Gatling for the governorship itself, with his
new fiance Senator Diane Hartford serving as his campaign manager.
The outcome of the election was never revealed, but one thing was clear,
Benson the insolent butler had come a long way.

Benson, held center stage on television for nine years. As Benson, he won
two Emmys, the first for Best Supporting Actor for his work in "Soap" in 1979.
The second came in 1985 for Best Actor in a Comedy.


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