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.