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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 there, the fast-thinking, quick-witted servant soon finds himself not only managing the Governor's mansion staff, headed by housekeeper Gretchen Kraus (Inga Swenson) and helping to raise the Governor's daughter, Katie (Missy Gold), but even advising the governor himself. The Governor may be the boss, but it's Benson who's in charge in this riotous series that's a must-have for any classic TV comedy collection.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoChanges (Pilot)||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.||25:06||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoSnowbound||Cold, hunger and frazzled nerves are the order of the day when the governor and his staff are snowbound in a remote mountain lodge.||24:55||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoJessica||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.||24:47||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoGhost Story||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.||25:05||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoTaylor's Bid||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.||25:05||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoJust Friends||Exec. Producers: Paul Junger Witt & Tony Thomas||24:06||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoChain of Command||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.||25:05||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoBugging the Governor||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.||25:06||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|9||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Kraus Affair||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.||25:06||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|10||Closed CaptioningVideoCheckmate||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.||25:05||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|11||Closed CaptioningVideoCold Storage||Laughs abound when Benson and Kraus are trapped in a freezing storage room where their cold war rages on.||25:06||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|12||Closed CaptioningVideoDon't Quote Me||When a potentially damaging new leak upsets the governor's household, Benson does some detective work and restores peace by unmasking the culprit.||25:06||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|13||Closed CaptioningVideoOld Man Gatling||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.||25:05||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|14||Closed CaptioningVideoPower Play||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.||25:07||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|15||Closed CaptioningVideoTakin' It to the Streets||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.||24:11||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|16||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Army Wants You||Korean war veteran Benson gets a cryptic message from the Army, which shows an alarming interest in his present health.||25:01||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|17||Closed CaptioningVideoMarcy's Vacation||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.||25:05||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|18||Closed CaptioningVideoThick As Thieves||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.||25:31||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|19||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Layoff||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.||24:04||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|20||Closed CaptioningVideoTrust Me||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.||24:35||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|21||Closed CaptioningVideoBenson In Love||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.||24:45||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|22||Closed CaptioningVideoThe President's Double||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.||24:48||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|23||Closed CaptioningVideoOne Strike, You're Out||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.||24:07||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|24||Closed CaptioningVideoWar Stories||Benson is overjoyed when Marcy falls in love with his old war buddy, until he discovers that his pal is hiding a shocking secret.||24:03||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|25||Closed CaptioningVideoConflict of Interest||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.||25:06||$1.99||View in iTunes|
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I was just a kid when Benson originally aired and to see it again now is wonderful. It's a fantastic, feel-good trip to the past. I'm looking forward to more seasons iTunes!
I remember this show making me laugh more than any other series before or since. The attitude that Benson gets away with in this show is what really makes it! Some of the funniest moments are when Benson just gets exaspirated with the goings on in the mansion, and only Katie (Missy Gold) seems to understand his pain. Trivia: Star Trek fans should check this show out, as it features a pre-Odo René Auberjonois. When iTunes makes Seasons 2 and beyond available, you'll also see a pre-Neelix Ethan Phillips on the show, as well.