Benson-Complete 1st Season

Starring: Robert Guillaume

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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 DVD for any classic TV comedy collection!

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


Studio Sony
SKU 204550037
UPC 043396180147
UPC 14 00043396180147
Format DVD
Release Date 4/27/2010
Television Programs
Television Shows
Television/TV Series
Editors Note
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.
Robert Guillaume
Cast & Crew
Bob Fraser, et. al. - Writer
Frank Merwald - Editor
Gary Anderson - Editor
Inga Swenson - Actor
James Noble - Actor
John Rich, et. al. - Director
Missy Gold - Actor
Paul Junger Witt - Executive Producer
Robert Guillaume - Actor
Tom Whedon - Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1979
Catalog ID 18014
UPC 00043396180147
Number of Discs 3
Running Time 597 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Nominee (1986) 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) Emmy, Robert Guillaume, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series,Emmy, Herm Falk, et. al., Outstanding Technical Direction/Electronic Camerawork/Video Control for a Series
Nominee (1984) Emmy, Rene Auberjonois, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominee (1983) Golden Globe, Robert Guillaume, Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical
Nominee (1980) Emmy, Inga Swenson, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Mono Audio, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Benson
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Ruthless Reviews ...Guillaume's Benson was the most powerful black man on TV; a politico who not only sassed white folks, but held authority over them. ...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.

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