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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.

Special Features

  • Photo Gallery
  • Video Introduction by Robert Guillaume
  • Favorites from the first season
  • Inside the Governor's Mansion
  • 24 episodes on 3 discs, including: Pilot , Trust Me, The President's Double, Benson in Love , Conflict of Interest , The Layoff, Snowbound, Jessica , Don't Quote Me, War Stories , Ghost Story, Taylor's Bid, One Strike, You're Out, Just Friends, Chain of Command, Bugging the Governor, Kraus Affair, Checkmate, Cold Storage, Old Man Gatlin', Power Play, Takin' It to the Streets, The Army Wants You, Marcy's Vacation

Product Details

  • Actors: Robert Guillaume
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 597 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Q6GUJS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,643 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Benson: Season 1" on IMDb

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. Smith on July 19, 2008
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Great show, so so funny and very nice acting!! Great slim-line cases, single-sided disks and compilation. Now PLEASE give us the other seasons! Thanks!!!! Hurry up, the soup is getting cold!!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jason Brent on December 31, 2007
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I grew up on Benson shows. I was up all night watching the marathon in May of 2006, when TV land played them back to back. I realized how much I missed the show, and hoped it would be released on DVD soon. I hope the other seasons will soon follow. It's time we get Prime time tv back to shows like this and kick out the reality tv nonsense. I highly recommend Benson giving it 5 stars, and it's kid-friendly to boot..
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Woodward on May 19, 2007
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This set is long overdue. What should be included on it is the 90 minute episode of SOAP (it had clips from season 2) that explained Benson leaving the Tates and taking the job in the Governor's mansion. I doubt that it will be on the set, but it serves somewhat as a pilot for Benson.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ben Masters on February 23, 2010
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This is the first season's worth of "Benson," ABC's 1979-86 hit comedy about Benson DuBois, butler of the mansion of Eugene Gatling, governor of an unknown state. The title character (played by Robert Guillaume) was carried over from "Soap," a popular (and quite controversial) satire of daytime serials that ran on ABC from 1977-81. The governor (James Noble) was the widowed cousin of Jessica Tate (Katherine Helmond), a key player in "Soap" as Benson's boss (and in fact Jessica makes one appearance during this season, in an episode appropriately named "Jessica"). Other key players in "Benson" include:

--Teutonic housekeeper Gretchen Kraus (Inga Swenson), who, at least in context of the show, speaks with a thick Swedish or German accent (however, Swenson hails from Nebraska and speaks American English in real life, despite what you might think from watching the show)

--Katie Gatling, daughter of the governor (played by Missy Gold, sister of "Growing Pains" star Tracey Gold)

--Marcy Hill (Caroline McWilliams, recently deceased), secretary to the governor

--John Taylor (Lewis J. Stadlen), advisor to the governor (he would be replaced in season 2 by Rene Auberjonois as Clayton Endicott)

Sony did an admirable job putting this first season release together, at least from a technical perspective. The 24 outings of this first (and so far, only) release are uncut and mastered in HD (as well as can be expected, being that "Benson" was videotaped before a studio audience). Ordinarily, with Sony's track record, you'd expect their comedy releases to lack any bonuses besides previews.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Genevieve Hayes on February 18, 2009
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Although not nearly as funny, nor as silly, as "Soap", the series from which "Benson" spun-off, "Benson" has still, nonetheless, aged pretty well for a 30 year old comedy. Unlike "Soap", which was made in the same format as a soap opera, "Benson" is a straight-up sit-com, with the situation being life at the Governor's mansion (the state in which it is set is never mentioned) with the focus being on the governor's sarcastic head of staff, Benson (Robert Guillaume), his fellow staff members (including the extremely funny, no-nonsense housekeeper, Miss Kraus, played by Inga Swensen), the good-hearted but not-so-bright Governor and his young daughter. Also unlike "Soap", the humour is clean enough to show to the whole family. In fact, "Benson" is clearly targeted at a family audience. The humour is intelligent enough to amuse adults, but also understandable to children (speaking from experience, since I saw "Benson" for the first time as a child). The show does become a bit predictable and repetitive after 24 episodes, but if you stagger them out over a couple of months, its harmless fun that's worth investing in.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Simmons on December 31, 2007
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I have been a fan of the Benson series scince I was a kid. Using this show and the actors in it I taught myself how to act, later became involved in the thearte...I owe it all to Benson and the acting...this DVD is a MUST have for any fan of classic telivison. If you don't own it then get it as soon as possible, and you will laugh like you've never laughed before. Now all we need to do is keep onto Sony to get them to release the remaining 6 seasons...but it and enjoy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Happy on December 7, 2010
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Benson was and still is one of the funniest sitcoms ever. It just kept getting better every episode. Don't miss the 8th episode called "Jessica." I've watched all three discs twice and bought a copy to send to my niece. This is Robert Guillaume at his very best. The dialogue is witty, the facial expressions great. A real laugh-out-loud treasure.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Ashe on March 11, 2008
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I really enjoyed this long awaited video.And would approve it to anyone who does not like "forced laughter",that is so common today on televison.The timing of the cast is excellet,by that I mean the situations run together so smoothly,and the hate,hate relationship Benson has with Ms Krause,is really something to see.

Again,I would advise anyone who wants a great belly laugh to purchase!
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