Benson

Season 1
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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...
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  1. 1. Changes (Pilot)
    September 13, 1979
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    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.
  2. 2. Trust Me
    December 31, 1978
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    When a potentially damaging new leak upsets the governor's household, Benson does some detective work and restores peace by unmasking the culprit.
  3. 3. The President's Double
    December 31, 1978
    25min
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    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.
  4. 4. Benson in Love
    December 31, 1978
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    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.
  5. 5. Conflict of Interest
    December 31, 1978
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    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.
  6. 6. The Layoff
    December 31, 1978
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    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.
  7. 7. Snowbound
    December 31, 1978
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    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.
  8. 8. Jessica
    December 31, 1978
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    Benson is overjoyed when Marcy falls in love with his old war buddy, until he discovers that his pal is hiding a shocking secret.
  9. 9. Don't Quote Me
    December 31, 1978
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    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.
  10. 10. War Stories
    December 31, 1978
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    Cold, hunger and frazzled nerves are the order of the day when the governor and his staff are snowbound in a remote mountain lodge.
  11. 11. Ghost Story
    December 31, 1978
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    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.
  12. 12. Taylor's Bid
    December 31, 1978
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    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.
  13. 13. One Strike, You're Out
    December 31, 1978
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    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.
  14. 14. Just Friends
    January 3, 1980
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    Just Friends
  15. 15. Chain of Command
    January 10, 1980
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    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.
  16. 16. Bugging the Governor
    January 24, 1980
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    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.
  17. 17. The Kraus Affair
    January 31, 1980
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    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.
  18. 18. Checkmate
    February 7, 1980
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    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.
  19. 19. Cold Storage
    February 28, 1980
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    Laughs abound when Benson and Kraus are trapped in a freezing storage room where their cold war rages on.
  20. 20. Old Man Gatling
    March 6, 1980
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    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.
  21. 21. Power Play
    March 20, 1980
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    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.
  22. 22. Takin' It to the Streets
    March 27, 1980
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    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.
  23. 23. The Army Wants You
    May 1, 1980
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    Korean war veteran Benson gets a cryptic message from the Army, which shows an alarming interest in his present health.
  24. 24. Marcy's Vacation
    May 8, 1980
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    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.
  25. 25. Thick as Thieves
    October 31, 1980
    26min
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    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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1980
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ABC Network
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FireReviewed in the United States on November 8, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Better than the first time around!
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It'd been years since I first saw Benson and I'd forgotten how funny the show was. I have SOAP, watched it, starting wondering about the show and had to order it. If you got one, you really need the other, and if you get season 1, you really do need season 2, they all go together in a way-crazy, zany fun. How could you not like that? Just forget about the world and what's going on and relax with a truly funny show. Some things seem right out of todays headlines even, and Benson was always a one of a kind. I suggest you give it a try-it'll surprise you how good television can be and was. Fire
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JulieReviewed in the United States on August 11, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Do Not Trust Episode Descriptions
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I give 5 stars for the series. I am so glad this series has come available to watch! This series is one of my favorites.

The title/description discrepancy gets a 1 star. The title and the description of most of the episodes do not match. The title is correct for the episode but the description of the episode is not correct for the title.

The pilot is the only episode so far that I have found to be correct. I do plan to buy the entire series eventually but right now I wanted to buy favorite episodes.

The show is good through and through but be warned if you are going to attempt to pick episodes.
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ServoReviewed in the United States on February 16, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
ABC's Benson: Season One!
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After two seasons (and a Best Supporting Actor Emmy win) for his work as wisecracking butler Benson Dubois on the ABC comedy [[ASIN:B00008EY5S Soap]], actor Robert Guillaume was promptly spun-off into this brilliantly funny series during the 1979-1980 season. Long-running (7 seasons), Benson's producers (who would follow up with future hits [[ASIN:B0002W4SX6 The Golden Girls]] and [[ASIN:B00005JNMI Empty Nest]]) took what made Soap such an endearing watch and deftly adapted it to Benson. Sporting a great cast, sharp writing, laugh-out-loud humor, and remarkable heart, Benson - The Complete First Season is a 3-disc (single-sided) set featuring all 24 episodes mastered in high definition Full-Frame (1.33:1) video; Dolby Digital audio; Closed Captioning; plus the following Special Features: "Video Introduction by Robert Guillaume" welcoming viewers to the First Season (1:04); "Inside The Governor's Mansion" featurette with actors Robert Guillaume and James Noble, and producer Tony Thomas (looking every bit like his late great legendary dad, Danny Thomas) sharing their thoughts and behind-the-scenes info (29:26); "Favorites From The First Season" featurette which reveals their favorite episodes from the season (6:00); plus a Photo Gallery featuring a nice video montage of still photos from the show (1:30). The discs (each of which feature images of the cast and play flawlessly) are housed in slimcases (with episodes and plot descriptions listed on the back) inside a slim outer box.

Guest stars include: Mark Goddard ("Lost in Space"), Roscoe Lee Browne (who would later join the cast of Soap as Benson's replacement, Saunders), Denise Nicholas ("In the Heat of the Night"), Richard Stahl ("It's A Living"), Joel Brooks ("My Sister Sam"), Michael Bell ("G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero"), Meeno Peluce ("Voyagers!"), David Huddleston ("The Wonder Years", "Santa Claus: The Movie"), Art Metrano ("Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment"), Kene Holliday ("Carter Country", "Matlock"), G.W. Bailey ("Police Academy").

Props to Sony for packaging the show in a first-rate DVD season set which features decent picture and sound and cool extras. It's good to have a complete season of this classic show nicely preserved on DVD. Hopefully, the first of many to come.
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Rena R TrentReviewed in the United States on May 23, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good show
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Show was funny back when it first came on TV. It is as funny still. Love the characters.
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ISReviewed in the United States on March 17, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Top show
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Very happy to be able to watch one of my favourite TV shows.
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CoopReviewed in the United States on April 5, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good show
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I bought this for someone who likes the show, and is hoping ther put out more than just the first two seasons on DVD.
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Krystal RoutReviewed in the United States on September 2, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Entertaining!!
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My son was very excited to receive this, hopefully the rest of the seasons will become available.
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Buyer of products that do the job Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent TV show
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Excellent TV show.
Would like all the years on DVD
But only 2 years are available.
Would like Amen TV show on DVD also.
Delivery was speedy, and in good condition.
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