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Benson is an American sitcom that originally aired on ABC from September 13, 1979, to April 19, 1986. The series was a spin-off of Soap in which the character Benson, portrayed by Robert Guillaume, first appeared as the wise-cracking yet level-headed... read more
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Benson is an American sitcom that originally aired on ABC from September 13, 1979, to April 19, 1986. The series was a spin-off of Soap in which the character Benson, portrayed by Robert Guillaume, first appeared as the wise-cracking yet level-headed African-American butler for the highly dysfunctional Tate family. However, Benson eschewed the soap opera format of its parent series for a more conventional sitcom structure, and the lead character eventually moved from his service position to a role as lieutenant governor. The series was created by Susan Harris, and produced by Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions. In 1985, Guillaume won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in the series.

Original Release

09/13/1979 on ABC

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Cast

Robert Guillaume Benson DuBois
Inga Swenson Miss Gretchen Wilomena Kraus
James Noble Governor Eugene Xavier Gatling
Bob Fraser
Missy Gold Katherine 'Katie' Olivia Gatling
Lewis J. Stadlen
Rene Auberjonois Clayton Runnymede Endicott III
Billie Bird
Caroline McWilliams
Ethan Phillips Peter 'Pete' John Downey
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 Benson the Hero Friday, 04 October 1985
2 Love and Politics Friday, 11 October 1985
3 Uncle Jack Friday, 18 October 1985
4 The Stranger Friday, 25 October 1985
5 We Spy Friday, 08 November 1985
6 $1,000,000 an Hour Friday, 15 November 1985
7 Flight of the Dodo: Part 1 Friday, 29 November 1985
8 Flight of the Dodo: Part 2 Friday, 06 December 1985
9 Two Boys and Their Dog Friday, 13 December 1985
10 Last Man on Earth Friday, 03 January 1986
11 Secret Love Saturday, 18 January 1986
12 Summer of Discontent Saturday, 25 January 1986
13 Parade Rest Saturday, 01 February 1986
14 Reel Murder: Part 1 Saturday, 08 February 1986
15 Reel Murder: Part 2 Saturday, 15 February 1986
16 The Hat and the Ring Saturday, 22 February 1986
17 The Bucks Stop Here Saturday, 01 March 1986
18 Pardon Me Saturday, 08 March 1986
19 Hi, Society Saturday, 22 March 1986
20 Three on a Mismatch Saturday, 29 March 1986
21 Friends and Enemies Saturday, 12 April 1986
22 And the Winner Is... Saturday, 19 April 1986
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Directors

John Rich, Bill Foster, Gary Brown, Rob Dames, Jay Sandrich, Tony Mordente, John Bowab, Peter Baldwin, Katherine Helmond, Bob Fraser, Mark Warren, Asaad Kelada, Linda Day, Gilbert Moses, Hilton L. Smack, John Tracy, Tony Singletary, Whitney J. LeBlanc, Don Barnhart, Lee Shallat Chemel, Ellen Gittelsohn

Writers

Susan Harris, Bob Fraser, Rob Dames, Bob Colleary, Kathy Speer, Terry Grossman, Barry Fanaro, Mort Nathan, Bill Boulware, Winifred Hervey, Rich Reinhart, Tom Reeder, Rick McCurdy, Jeff Levin, Tom Whedon, Tom Biener, Don Hart, Ron Landry, John Donley, Ralph Phillips, Clay Graham, Richard Vaczy, Robin Pennington, Don Segall, David Langston Smyrl, Phil Margo, Russ Woody, Cherie Steinkellner, Bill Steinkellner, Wally Dalton, Mitch Markowitz, Michael J. Weithorn, Ron Birnbach, Elena Yates Eulo, Ken Eulo, Ken Russ, Jurgen Wolff, Louis A. Coppola, Bud Slocomb, Len Riley, Hilton L. Smack, Marshall Goldberg, Norman Barasch, Paul Wayne, Stuart Silverman, Korby Siamis, Stu Silver, Bill Overton, Jill Gordon, Debra Frank, Lee Maddux, Bernard Dilbert, Shelley Zellman, Joan Brooker, Nancy Eddo, Mark Barkan, Calvin Kelly, Warren S. Murray, Paul Raley, Scott Rubenstein, Daryl G. Nickens, Jim Tisdale, Doug Keyes, Chip Keyes, Mike Weinberger

Creators

Susan Harris, Susan Harris

Cast

Robert Guillaume Benson DuBois
Inga Swenson Miss Gretchen Wilomena Kraus
James Noble Governor Eugene Xavier Gatling
Bob Fraser
Missy Gold Katherine 'Katie' Olivia Gatling
Lewis J. Stadlen
Rene Auberjonois Clayton Runnymede Endicott III
Billie Bird
Caroline McWilliams
Ethan Phillips Peter 'Pete' John Downey
Didi Conn
Didi Conn Denise Florence Stevens Downey
Ethan Phillips
Caroline McWilliams Marcy Hill
Billie Bird Mrs. Rose Cassidy
Rene Auberjonois
Lewis J. Stadlen John Taylor
Missy Gold Katherine 'Katie' Olivia Gatling (credit only)
Billie Bird Mrs. Rose Cassidy (credit only)
Bob Fraser Sen. Leonard Tyler

Producers

Paul Junger Witt Executive Producer
Tony Thomas Executive Producer
John Rich Executive Producer
Norman Barasch Executive Producer
Paul Junger Witt Producer
Tony Thomas Producer
Bob Fraser Producer
Rob Dames Producer
Bob Colleary Producer
John Rich Producer
Don Richetta Producer
Susan Harris Producer
Marsha Posner Williams Producer
Tom Reeder Producer
Tom Biener Producer
Ron Landry Producer
Greg Giangregorio Producer
Terry Grossman Producer
Kathy Speer Producer
Tom Whedon Producer
Gil Junger Producer
Andrew J. Selig Producer
Gary Brown Producer
Norman Barasch Producer
Bill Foster Producer

Editors

Bill Petty, Gary Anderson, Bob Fraser, Abe Schwartz, Michael Riolo, Harold McKenzie

1986 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Nominated
1985 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Nominated
1985 Emmy Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Won
1985 Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
1985 Emmy Outstanding Technical Direction/Electronic Camerawork/Video Control for a Series Won
1984 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Nominated
1984 Emmy Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
1984 Emmy Outstanding Live and Tape Sound Mixing and Sound Effects for a Series Nominated
1984 Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
1984 Emmy Outstanding Technical Direction/Camerawork/Video for a Series Nominated
1984 Emmy Outstanding Video Tape Editing for a Series Nominated
1983 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Nominated
1983 Emmy Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
1983 Emmy Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic) for a Series Nominated
1983 Emmy Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic) for a Series Nominated
1983 Emmy Outstanding Tape Sound Mixing for a Series Nominated
1983 Emmy Outstanding Technical Direction and Electronic Camerawork for a Series Nominated
1982 Emmy Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
1982 Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series Nominated
1980 Emmy Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
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