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BensonButler Benson DuBois is the smartest (and possibly only sane) member of widowed Gov. Eugene Gatling's household staff. Benson always manages to keep his head, no matter what the staffers or the governor's family members throw at him. He begins his post on loan from his employer, Jessica Tate (Katherine Helmond) on the show "Soap," but soon wins a permanent place in the governor's staff and heart. His cool head and keen intellect are a perfect complement for the constant craziness that surrounds Gov. Gatling and his entourage.
S7, EP12 "Summer of Discontent"Benson's happy-go-lucky nephew arrives to spend the summer with his uncle.
S7, EP13 "Parade Rest"When an old friend's disability payments are cut off Benson goes to bat for him.
S7, EP14 "Reel Murder"Actor George Kennedy's plans to film a movie at the governor's mansion run into deadly problems.
S7, EP15 "Reel Murder"The plot thickens as Benson and George Kennedy become stranded at the governor's mansion during a blizzard.
S7, EP11 "Secret Love"Clayton's relationship with a Russian dancer may prevent him from being appointed budget director.
S7, EP10 "The Last Man on Earth"After talking about Halley's comet, Kraus dreams that she and Benson are the only people left on Earth.
S4, EP3 "What a Revoltin' Development"Pete and Benson are captured by guerillas when they go to an island.
S4, EP2 "Death in a Funny Position"Murders abound on a working vacation aboard a yacht, but Benson saves the day.
S4, EP1 "Death in a Funny Position"A yacht cruise becomes a murder mystery when the owner of the boat is stabbed to death.
S3, EP22 "Black Tuesday"The governor's campaign comes to a hectic close, and the election results show he has lost.
S3, EP21 "The Lumber Mill"After visiting his lumber mill, the governor decides to run for re-election as an independent.
S3, EP20 "The Party's Over"The governor learns about dirty politics when his party won't support his renomination.
S3, EP19 "Teed Off"Tempers flare when the governor and Pete are pitted against Clayton and Benson in a golf tournament.
S3, EP18 "In the Red"Benson's troubles mount when he's audited by the IRS and his records are accidentally destroyed.
S3, EP17 "Pete, the Hero"Benson's insurance company is uncooperative after Pete uses his new car to stop a robbery.
S3, EP16 "Getting Even"When a wealthy investor seeks Denise's favors before bringing business to the state, Benson steps in.
S3, EP15 "Clayton's Condo"Benson finds that Clayton owns his apartment building and will do anything to avoid repairs.
S3, EP14 "Katie's Romance"After accompanying Pete to a gymnastics meet, Katie thinks she's in love with him.
S3, EP13 "Street Gangs"Benson helps a street gang-turned-maintenance company get a state contract.
S3, EP12 "Sweet Irish Rose"When the governor falls in love, he turns to Benson for advice on how to make a good impression.
S3, EP11 "Kraus's Deadly Mistake"When Kraus overhears part of a conversation, she thinks she has only six months to live.
S3, EP10 "Stocks and Options"When Benson accepts some stock from Pete as a debt payment, Clayton and Kraus buy some, too.
S3, EP9 "Kraus Falls in Love"Kraus learns a painful lesson about love when she falls for a man who is ineligible.
S3, EP8 "Once in a Blue Moon"The enforcement of tight new regulations makes the staff feel restricted.
S3, EP7 "Rainbow's End"Benson's encounter with an old flame and Clayton's birthday preparations create confusion.
S3, EP6 "Stress"Minor problems pile up to crisis proportions, and the governor holds an encounter session with the staff.
S3, EP5 "The Lobbyist"Benson's innocent approval of his lobbyist-girlfriend's project brings corruption charges.
S3, EP4 "Double Exposure"Benson has a lot of explaining to do when he agrees to help the FBI stop a bribery scheme.
S3, EP3 "Sit-In"It's Marcy's last day, and a chamber music group stages a musical sit-in to protest budget cuts.
S3, EP2 "The Grass Ain't Greener"Benson poses as a prisoner to investigate conditions at a state prison.
S3, EP1 "Benson's Appointment"The governor wants Benson to be the state's new budget director.
S2, EP22 "Lifesaver"Benson saves Kraus' life when she chokes on a doughnut, and Kraus drives him crazy with her gratitude.
S2, EP21 "All Shook Up"An earthquake traps Benson and Clayton, and the governor runs the state from the kitchen.
S2, EP20 "The Governor's House Call"A practical joke lands the governor, Benson and Clayton inside a bordello.
S2, EP19 "Handwriting on the Wall"An insider seems to be behind mysterious threats over a decision the governor makes.
S2, EP18 "Homework"Katie's essay about her family includes the entire mansion staff, seen in humorous flashbacks.
S2, EP17 "Easy Kid Stuff"When Benson cares for his young friend Mike for a few days, the results are chaotic.
S2, EP16 "Clayton Go Home"Clayton moves into the mansion after receiving death threats for foiling a bribe attempt.
S2, EP15 "No Sad Songs"Benson learns the meaning of faith as a result of his mother's visit.
S2, EP14 "Rivals"Kraus' childhood rival is visiting from Germany and expects to find Kraus married to the governor.
S2, EP13 "Marcy's Wedding"Marcy's mother shows a talent for disrupting Benson's smoothly organized wedding plans.
S2, EP12 "The Fireside Chat"Benson intervenes when a lovers' spat threatens to disrupt the governor's live TV show.
S2, EP11 "Big Buddy"The press secretary's publicity scheme involves a reluctant Benson in a "Big Buddy" program.
S2, EP10 "The Apartment"Benson rents an apartment so he can have some time alone, but everyone manages to find him.
S2, EP9 "Old School Ties"The staff is heartbroken when the governor decides to send Katie away to a boarding school.
S2, EP8 "In High Places"The hapless governor takes over the controls of a private jet when the pilot has a heart attack.
S2, EP7 "Benson's Groupie"Benson's summer romance may disrupt a religious conference when the lady follows him home.
S2, EP6 "Citizen Kraus"Benson seems to be the only one who can help his archrival, Kraus, gain her citizenship.
S2, EP5 "First Lady"A reception for an important industrialist and Katie's jealousy of her father's hostess create problems for Benson.
S2, EP4 "Masquerade"Revolutionaries plot to steal an ugly but priceless gold statue during a costume party at the mansion.
S2, EP3 "Fool's Gold"Benson finds an old letter that infects the staff with gold fever.
S2, EP2 "Benson in the Hospital"Benson has a strange malady that has all the doctors puzzled.
S2, EP1 "Thick as Thieves"Benson and Kraus are taken hostage during a late-night market holdup.
S1, EP24 "Marcy's Vacation"A temporary secretary's efficiency makes Marcy feel threatened.
S1, EP23 "The Army Wants You"Benson, a veteran, is puzzled when he is told to report to the Army for "evaluation.".
S1, EP22 "Takin' It to the Streets"Benson and the governor make a late-night visit to a seedy bar to talk to constituents.
S1, EP21 "Power Play"A mysterious conservationist sends dead fish and sludge to the mansion to protest a power project.
S1, EP20 "Old Man Gatling"The governor's irascible father visits the mansion, creating havoc among staff and guests.
S1, EP19 "Cold Storage"The governor must cope with 200 hungry guests when Benson and Kraus are trapped in a freezer.
S1, EP18 "Checkmate"A compassionate Benson helps a homesick 11-year-old Soviet chess genius.
S1, EP17 "The Kraus Affair"When Kraus falls for the butcher, Benson is enlisted to help bolster her self-confidence.
S1, EP16 "Bugging the Governor"Benson concocts a wild scheme to trap the person who bugged the governor's mansion.
S1, EP15 "Chain of Command"With the governor incapacitated, Benson works to outwit an unscrupulous lieutenant governor.
S1, EP14 "Just Friends"Benson meets an old flame, now married, and the results are nearly disastrous.
S1, EP13 "One Strike, You're Out"When Kraus leads a strike of mansion workers, Benson tries to do all their jobs.
S1, EP12 "Taylor's Bid"After Taylor's disastrous attempt for political office, he blames Benson for his defeat.
S1, EP11 "Ghost Story"A series of strange incidents seem to be the work of the ghost of a murdered former governor.
S1, EP10 "War Stories"Benson is delighted when Marcy falls for his old war buddy -- until he learns his friend's secret.
S1, EP9 "Don't Quote Me"When a news leak develops in the governor's household, Benson searches for the culprit.
S1, EP8 "Jessica"Jessica Tate visits her cousin, the governor, and manages to become embroiled in scandal.
S1, EP7 "Snowbound"The staff must cope with cold, hunger and a woman in labor when they are stranded in a blizzard.
S1, EP6 "The Layoff"As part of an economy blitz, the softhearted Benson must decide which staff member to lay off.
S1, EP5 "Conflict of Interest"A presidential invitation conflicts with Katie's school play.
S1, EP4 "Benson in Love"Benson falls for the lovely Francine, a senator with no interest in marriage.
S1, EP3 "The President's Double"Benson reluctantly agrees to impersonate an African president.
S1, EP2 "Trust Me"Benson spends an anxious evening searching for Katie, who has sneaked off to a rock concert.
S1, EP1 "Change"Benson is searched, soaked and attacked when he reports to work for newly-elected Governor Gatling.
Butler Benson DuBois is the smartest (and possibly only sane) member of widowed Gov. Eugene Gatling's household staff. Benson always manages to keep his head, no matter what the staffers or the governor's family members throw at him. He begins his post on loan from his employer, Jessica Tate (Katherine Helmond) on the show "Soap," but soon wins a permanent place in the governor's staff and heart. His cool head and keen intellect are a perfect complement for the constant craziness that surrounds Gov. Gatling and his entourage.
Original Air Date: Sep 13, 1979
Genres: ComedyTV Series
Rating: TVG
Playback: HD
5 seasons available on demand (73 episodes)
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