Benson

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  • 2.0

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  • 5.4

    What can I say?

    By floberdobdob, Dec 10, 2011

    This show was good for what it was. It was not an off the wall show, like the show it spun-off from, "Soap" the characters were kind of dull and boring, and Benson was no where near as funny in this show as he was in "Soap." There was no more making fun of Mr. Tate or Mrs. Tate or griping about Jessica's sister and her crazy family. The chemistry was not the same, and the characters were not as interesting. I am very surprised it lasted longer than "Soap."moreless

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  • 7.0

    A funny show during the Reagan years.

    By beachcitykid, Jun 04, 2006

    I watched Benson during its original run on ABC, and I am watching bits and pieces of TV Land’s 48 hour marathon, although I feel the cable network’s tradition of introducing a new show to its line-up with a 2 day marathon is over kill. I have to say that the show is frequently very funny, and certainly cute, often lapsing into extreme sentimentality, certainly not groundbreaking or controversial. It definitely looks like a Witt/Thomas/Harris show, particularly with its extreme lighting, and musical transitions. Benson has many of the same writers and producers that would go on to work on The Golden Girls. I still prefer the Norman Lear shows, where adults actually discuss real life issues and take sides. Susan Harris got an early start with Lear, writing the controversial abortion episode of Maude. Viewers wishing to catch a glimpse of a young Jerry Seinfeld will be disappointed. His one season appearances as Frankie are brief, and unmemorable. In watching the marathon, some episodes have Seinfeld listed in the closing credits, although he is not in them. Fans of TV themes will also notice that the Benson opening is edited and cut short, like The Golden Girls in syndication.moreless

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  • 9.5

    This show is classic (79-)80's television with the sunny and sagacious Robert Guillaume at the helm. The entertainment and intellectual stimulation is yummy and a real treat for all. For example I'm 17-yrs.old!

    By SourGoddess89, Jun 03, 2006

    TV Land's 48-Hour-Marathon was a perfect opportunity for "Benson" to be reintroduced into American living rooms. It was June 3rd, 2006. The first week-end of summer had more blossoming flowers when the famous black man smiled at us on the screen again.



    The perky and familiar music resonates and allows the discovery of real Susan Harris craftiness in words and feelings. My family enjoyed this show in the good old (79-)80's and now I myself, along with a new generation of viewers will learn a lesson or two from "Benson." May world peace finally come.moreless

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  • 9.0

    I think of Benson as a newspaper reporter thinks of a Man-Bites-Dog story.

    By gwactuary, Mar 09, 2006

    Benson was cast in stereotype and played out in reverse. A white politician-type Governor having a Black household servant in his employment is Dog-bites-Man. That the servant had more sense than the Governor made the show noteworthy.



    The show was tastefully apolitical. Issues were never dealt with. Rather the focus stayed on running the Governor's household. That kept the show light and airy.



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  • 8.0

    Brilliant

    By gophone, Jul 28, 2005

    Benson was one of the brilliant shows that ABC used to dominant the Friday night line-up. The show was actually a spin-off on an earlier show called "Soap" in which Robert Guilliame's character was a butler to the Tate family, but they changed him to head of the household services. Benson was a rare example of a spin-off series being more successful than the original. Robert Guillaume was perfect as the wisecracking butler who didn’t take any guff from anyone. His Benson character was witty, and hilariously funny. His constant squabbles with Clayton, played by Rene Auberjounis III, and Miss Kraus played by Inga Swenson made Benson the funniest show on the air. Benson assisted the governor in various aspects of his tenure in both business and personal. Benson is later appointed state budget director and then elected Lt. Governor. The series ends just at a pivotal moment when Benson and the Sitting Governor are both running for the Governors seat. We never know what the final outcome.



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