History Series / Benson

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* Ship Tease: While [[VitriolicBestBuds Kraus and Benson]] are never in a relationship (and react with horror at the thought), other characters frequently assume they are, and in a few episodes they have to pretend to be a couple- in the fourth season accidentally getting married! A fifth season episode has them convincing their colleagues of a secret affair between them, to which Pete replies that he suspected it all along.
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** Inga Swenson, a noted Broadway actress, also sings in a couple of episodes: "Stille Nacht" in the above-mentioned Christmas episode and "In the Still of the Night" during a telethon
9th Apr '16 10:20:24 AM Mdumas43073
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* TheCastShowOff: At least one episode a season gave Robert Guillaume a chance to show his singing chops.
** The ChristmasEpisode "Mary and her Little Lambs" gave us [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnBBgLEPJL8 this piece]] of him singing "O Holy Night."
** The second ChristmasEpisode had him sing "O Little Town of Bethlehem" with the extra bonus of lighting the tree with his music.
** Season five's "Too Pooped To Pip" let him do a duet with Gladys Knight.
** The season six two-parter, "Made in Hong Kong," shows Rene Auberjonois speaking fluent Chinese and displaying an impressive amount of local knowledge about Hong Kong.

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* TheCastShowOff: At least one episode a per season gave Robert Guillaume a chance to show his singing chops.
** The ChristmasEpisode "Mary and her Little Lambs" first {{Christmas episode}} gave us [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnBBgLEPJL8 this piece]] clip]] of him Guillaume singing "O Holy Night."
Night".
** The second ChristmasEpisode Christmas episode had him sing "O Little Town of Bethlehem" with the extra bonus of lighting the tree with his music.
** Season five's 5's "Too Pooped To Pip" let him do a duet with Gladys Knight.
** The season six Season 6 two-parter, "Made in Hong Kong," shows Rene Auberjonois speaking fluent Chinese and displaying an impressive amount of local knowledge about Hong Kong.



* ChristmasEpisode: They had at least two.
** The first, "Mary and her Little Lambs," had Kraus sing a German version of "Silent Night," followed by the above bit of Benson singing "O Holy Night."
** The second was an ItsaWonderfulPlot where Benson had a serious car accident and the spirit of his late mother was trying to convince him to go back to Earth. Benson sang "O Little Town of Bethlehem."

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* ChristmasEpisode: They had at least two.
Two of them.
** The first, Season 4's "Mary and her Her Little Lambs," Lambs" had Kraus sing a German version of "Silent Night," followed by the above bit of Benson singing "O Holy Night."
** The second was Season 6's "Home for Christmas" had an ItsaWonderfulPlot ItsAWonderfulPlot where Benson had a serious car accident and the spirit of his late mother was trying to convince him to go back to Earth. Benson sang "O Little Town of Bethlehem."
9th Apr '16 10:14:13 AM Mdumas43073
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** With a LampshadeHanging in a first season episode, when Benson and Gatling are alone in Gatling's office office. Gatling: "If he could do it, why not me?"

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** With a LampshadeHanging in a first season episode, when Benson and Gatling are alone in Gatling's office office. Gatling: "If he could do it, why not me?"
9th Apr '16 10:13:50 AM Mdumas43073
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* {{Expy}}: Gene Gatling is clearly based partly on UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter, with a similar, kind but scatterbrained personality to his cousin Jessica.
** With a LampshadeHanging in a first season episode, when Benson and Gov. Gatling are alone at the oval office. Gatling: "If he could do it, why not me?"

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* {{Expy}}: Gene Gatling is clearly based partly on UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter, with a similar, kind but scatterbrained personality similar to his cousin Jessica.
** With a LampshadeHanging in a first season episode, when Benson and Gov. Gatling are alone at the oval in Gatling's office office. Gatling: "If he could do it, why not me?"
31st Mar '16 7:31:13 AM Mdumas43073
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A SpinOff of ''Series/{{Soap}}'', it starred Robert Guillaume as Benson [=DuBois=], who took over as head of household affairs at [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield the Governor's Mansion]] under Gov. Eugene Gatling (James Noble) -- cousin to Jessica and Mary of ''Soap''. This put him in immediate conflict with Gretchen Kraus (Inga Swenson), the head cook who coveted the position for herself. Other characters included Gatling's daughter, Katie (Missy Gold); his chief of staff, Clayton Endicott III (Rene Auberjonois); his press secretary and photographer, Pete Downey (Ethan Phillips); and his ditzy personal secretary, Denise Stevens Downey (Didi Conn).

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A SpinOff of ''Series/{{Soap}}'', it the series starred Robert Guillaume as Benson [=DuBois=], who took over as head of household affairs at [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield the Governor's Mansion]] under Gov. Eugene Gatling (James Noble) -- cousin to Jessica and Mary of ''Soap''. This put him in immediate conflict with Gretchen Kraus (Inga Swenson), the head cook who coveted the position for herself. Other characters included Gatling's daughter, Katie (Missy Gold); his chief of staff, Clayton Endicott III (Rene Auberjonois); his press secretary and photographer, Pete Downey (Ethan Phillips); and his ditzy personal secretary, Denise Stevens Downey (Didi Conn).
31st Mar '16 7:29:53 AM Mdumas43073
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A SpinOff of ''Series/{{Soap}}'', it starred Robert Guillaume as Benson [=DuBois=], who took over as head of household affairs at [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield the Governor's Mansion]] under Gov. Eugene Gatling (James Noble) -- cousin to Jessica and Mary of ''Soap''. This put him in immediate conflict with Gretchen Kraus (Inga Swenson), the head cook who coveted the position for herself. Other characters included Katie (Missy Gold), Gene's daughter; Clayton Endicott III (Rene Auberjonois), Gene's Chief of Staff; Pete Downey (Ethan Phillips), the Governor's official press secretary/photographer; and Denise Stevens Downey (Didi Conn), Benson's ditzy personal secretary.

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A SpinOff of ''Series/{{Soap}}'', it starred Robert Guillaume as Benson [=DuBois=], who took over as head of household affairs at [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield the Governor's Mansion]] under Gov. Eugene Gatling (James Noble) -- cousin to Jessica and Mary of ''Soap''. This put him in immediate conflict with Gretchen Kraus (Inga Swenson), the head cook who coveted the position for herself. Other characters included Gatling's daughter, Katie (Missy Gold), Gene's daughter; Gold); his chief of staff, Clayton Endicott III (Rene Auberjonois), Gene's Chief of Staff; Auberjonois); his press secretary and photographer, Pete Downey (Ethan Phillips), the Governor's official press secretary/photographer; Phillips); and his ditzy personal secretary, Denise Stevens Downey (Didi Conn), Benson's ditzy personal secretary.
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* FunnyForeigner: Kraus is a German example.

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* FunnyForeigner: Kraus is a German example.Kraus.
31st Mar '16 7:23:00 AM Mdumas43073
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A SpinOff of ''Series/{{Soap}}'', it starred Robert Guillaume as Benson [=DuBois=], who took over as head of household affairs at [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield the Governor's Mansion]] under Gov. Eugene Gatling (James Noble) -- cousin to Jessica and Mary of ''Soap''. This put him in immediate conflict with Kraus (Inga Swenson), the head cook who coveted the position for herself. Other characters included Katie (Missy Gold), Gene's daughter; Clayton Endicott III (Rene Auberjonois), Gene's Chief of Staff; Pete Downey (Ethan Phillips), the Governor's official press secretary/photographer; and Denise Stevens Downey (Didi Conn), Benson's ditzy personal secretary.

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A SpinOff of ''Series/{{Soap}}'', it starred Robert Guillaume as Benson [=DuBois=], who took over as head of household affairs at [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield the Governor's Mansion]] under Gov. Eugene Gatling (James Noble) -- cousin to Jessica and Mary of ''Soap''. This put him in immediate conflict with Gretchen Kraus (Inga Swenson), the head cook who coveted the position for herself. Other characters included Katie (Missy Gold), Gene's daughter; Clayton Endicott III (Rene Auberjonois), Gene's Chief of Staff; Pete Downey (Ethan Phillips), the Governor's official press secretary/photographer; and Denise Stevens Downey (Didi Conn), Benson's ditzy personal secretary.



* FunnyForeigner: Kraus is a German example.



* ServileSnarker: Benson, initially.

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* ServileSnarker: Benson, initially. And Kraus.
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