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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

US Release

09/13/1979

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Cast

Robert Guillaume Benson DuBois
Inga Swenson Miss Gretchen Wilomena Kraus
James Noble Governor Eugene Xavier Gatling
Missy Gold Katherine 'Katie' Olivia Gatling
Rene Auberjonois Clayton Runnymede Endicott III
Ethan Phillips Peter 'Pete' John Downey
Caroline McWilliams Marcy Hill
Didi Conn Denise Florence Stevens
Billie Bird Mrs. Rose Cassidy
Didi Conn Denise Florence Stevens 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, Bob Fraser, Katherine Helmond, Linda Day, Asaad Kelada, Mark Warren, Gilbert Moses, Whitney J. LeBlanc, Hilton L. Smack, Tony Singletary, Lee Shallat Chemel, Ellen Gittelsohn, Don Barnhart, John Tracy

Writers

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, Don Hart, Ron Landry, Tom Biener, John Donley, Ralph Phillips, Clay Graham, Richard Vaczy, Robin Pennington, Susan Harris, Don Segall, Phil Margo, David Langston Smyrl, Russ Woody, Cheri Steinkellner, Bill Steinkellner, Michael Weinberger, Paul Wayne, Lee Maddux, Bernard Dilbert, Norman Barasch, Korby Siamis, Stu Silver, Eric Monte, Bill Overton, Jill Gordon, Debra Frank, Wally Dalton, Michael J. Weithorn, Mitch Markowitz, Shelley Zellman, Joan Brooker, Nancy Eddo, Calvin Kelly, Warren S. Murray, Paul Raley, Scott Rubenstein, Jim Tisdale, Daryl G. Nickens, Jurgen Wolff, Louis A. Coppola, Bud Slocomb, Len Riley, Hilton L. Smack, Marshall Goldberg, Mike Weinberger, Doug Keyes, Chip Keyes, Ron Birnbach, Elena Yates Eulo, Ken Eulo, Ken Russ, Stuart Silverman, Mark Barkan

Creators

Susan Harris

Cast

Robert Guillaume Benson DuBois
Inga Swenson Miss Gretchen Wilomena Kraus
James Noble Governor Eugene Xavier Gatling
Missy Gold Katherine 'Katie' Olivia Gatling
Rene Auberjonois Clayton Runnymede Endicott III
Ethan Phillips Peter 'Pete' John Downey
Caroline McWilliams Marcy Hill
Didi Conn Denise Florence Stevens
Billie Bird Mrs. Rose Cassidy
Didi Conn Denise Florence Stevens Downey
Lewis J. Stadlen John Taylor
Bob Fraser Sen. Leonard Tyler
Donna LaBrie Sen. Diane Hartford
Ed Peck Police Capt. Dennis McDermott
Bob Fraser Senator Tyler
Jerry Seinfeld Frankie
Lowell Harris Inspector Graham
Joe Yu Chan
James H. Chow 2nd Inspector
David Ho Kung

Producers

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

Editors

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

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