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Format: DVD
Sku: 204550037
UPC: 043396180147
UPC 14: 00043396180147
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He's Running the House...and the State.
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 DVD for any classic TV comedy collection!

This three disc collection includes all 24 episodes from The Complete First Season of Benson!

"...Guillaume's Benson was the most powerful black man on TV; a politico who not only sassed white folks, but held authority over them.  Ruthless Reviews
"...quite refreshing in that it doesn't seem to uphold the media's normal conventions with regards to race...formulaic but fun, breezy but easy to watch.

Editor's Note
ABC's BENSON took the butler (played by Robert Guillaume) from SOAP and gave him his own show. In the first season of episodes Benson is sent to tend to the needs of state governor Gene Gatling, who is the cousin of SOAP character Jessica Tate. Benson soon finds himself falling out with some of Gene's helpers, but he finds a few allies as well, and it's not long before he's helping everyone out with some well-timed advice on all of their problems.


Video Features DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Mono Audio, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/27/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 597 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 18014
Video UPC UPC: 00043396180147
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 3

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Inga Swenson
Video Cast Info James Noble
Video Cast Info Missy Gold
Video Cast Info Robert Guillaume
Video Cast Info Bob Fraser, et. al. - Writer
Video Cast Info Frank Merwald - Editor
Video Cast Info Gary Anderson - Editor
Video Cast Info John Rich, et. al. - Director
Video Cast Info Paul Junger Witt - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Tom Whedon - Producer


Nominee (1986)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Inga Swenson, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV

Winner (1985)
   Video Award Name Emmy, Robert Guillaume, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
   Video Award Name Emmy, Herm Falk, et. al., Outstanding Technical Direction/Electronic Camerawork/Video Control for a Series

Nominee (1984)
   Video Award Name Emmy, Rene Auberjonois, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Nominee (1983)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Robert Guillaume, Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical

Nominee (1980)
   Video Award Name Emmy, Inga Swenson, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Benson
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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