History Series / Benson

1st Feb '16 4:10:26 PM BobRiddle
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Do ''not'' confuse this with the character Benson from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow''.
7th Jan '16 5:17:10 AM shadowmanwkp
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Cleaned up Where The Hell Is Springfield so that it doesn't resemble a conversation and removed "this troper"
** The capital city is always referred to as...Capital City. That might be its proper name. *** Which would theoretically put it in the same state as [[TheSimpsons the Trope Namer]]? **** They do mention a "Springfield" in one season 3 episode, which is good enough for this troper to make it an official WMG.
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** The capital city is always referred to as... Capital City. That might be its proper name. *** Which name, which would theoretically put it in the same state as [[TheSimpsons the Trope Namer]]? **** They do mention Namer]]. In fact, a "Springfield" is mentioned in one season 3 episode, which is good enough for this troper to make it an official WMG.episode.
2nd Jan '16 12:54:30 AM Freezer
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* RunningGag: Gov. Gatling frequently told stories about his past, which Benson and the other staffers hated listening to. They couldn't usually say so, though, not only because Gatling was their friend, but also their boss.
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* RunningGag: Gov. Gatling frequently told stories about his past, which Benson and the other staffers hated listening to. They couldn't usually say so, though, not only because Gatling was their friend, but also their boss. His story usually had a point connected to the plot of the day, but he took the scenic route in getting to it. ** Lampshaded and parodied in a two-parter on the Governor's ranch. The ranch foreman tells Benson a long, rambling story that ended with no connection to any current events. When Benson asks what the point was: --> Foreman: [Gov. Gatling]'s stories have points. Mine are pure entertainment!
1st Jan '16 10:27:54 PM nombretomado
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''Benson'' was a half-hour SitCom that aired on Creator/{{ABC}} from 1979-1986. A SpinOff of ''{{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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''Benson'' was a half-hour SitCom that aired on Creator/{{ABC}} from 1979-1986. A SpinOff of ''{{Soap}}'', ''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.

* RequiredSpinoffCrossover: [[{{Soap}} Jessica Tate]] showed up in a couple of episodes.
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* RequiredSpinoffCrossover: [[{{Soap}} [[Series/{{Soap}} Jessica Tate]] showed up in a couple of episodes.

* YouLookFamiliar: Both from the parent show, ''{{Soap}}''. Inga Swenson (Kraus) played Corrine's birth mother Ingrid Svenson. Caroline [=McWilliams=] (Marcy) played Burt's secretary, who claimed to have had an affair with him at the behest of Svenson. It was never mentioned on ''Benson''.
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* YouLookFamiliar: Both from the parent show, ''{{Soap}}''.''Series/{{Soap}}''. Inga Swenson (Kraus) played Corrine's birth mother Ingrid Svenson. Caroline [=McWilliams=] (Marcy) played Burt's secretary, who claimed to have had an affair with him at the behest of Svenson. It was never mentioned on ''Benson''.
23rd Mar '15 5:48:47 AM Maxaphone
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* DudeWheresMyRespect: In a lot of episodes, folks don't even ''recognize'' members of the cast outside of a political event, which tends to lead to the typical sitcom situations. Although, there was one episode where Benson was pestered by a tough guy at a bar ''until'' the guy found out who he was, and that he had voted for him.
15th Aug '14 4:39:36 PM JesseMB27
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* ElectionDayEpisode: Being that it takes place in the Governor's mansion, naturally has one of these every four years or so. ** In the first season Taylor runs for office and loses quite badly. ** In the last season Benson is running for Governor because the current Governor is constitnutionally enjoined from seeking another term. But then a loophole appears and he decides to run as an independent. The last episode of the series ends on a cliffhanger as the Governor and Benson sit together watching the election results come in. ** The last three episodes of season three surround the Governor's reelection. The first of the three involves the Governor trying (and failing) to secure his party's nomination. The second has them take a trip to the Gatling family lumber mill and Benson convincing him to run as an independent. The third shows the election itself. (Considering the show lasts four more years, it's not hard to guess who wins.) ** The fourth and fifth episodes of season six revolve around an emergency election for lieutenant governor who was impeached in the season premiere. The two candidates are Benson and Senator Tyler. Needless to say, Benson wins.
3rd May '14 6:17:16 PM Ellipse
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''Benson'' was a half-hour SitCom that aired on Creator/{{ABC}} from 1979-1986. A SpinOff of ''{{Soap}}'', it starred Robert Guillaume as Benson [=DuBois=], who took over as head of household affairs at [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield the Govenor'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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''Benson'' was a half-hour SitCom that aired on Creator/{{ABC}} from 1979-1986. A SpinOff of ''{{Soap}}'', it starred Robert Guillaume as Benson [=DuBois=], who took over as head of household affairs at [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield the Govenor's 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.
20th Apr '14 12:22:41 PM Ecclytennysmithylove
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Trivia
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Only seasons 1 and 2 have been released on DVD so far, despite every season of its parent program ''{{Soap}}'' being readily available on DVD and on Netflix, and the show rarely plays in reruns anywhere (though it began airing in the U.S. on Antenna TV in 2012).
20th Apr '14 12:22:07 PM Ecclytennysmithylove
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Trivia
* HeyItsThatGuy: [[StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Odo]] is the chief of staff! [[StarTrekVoyager Neelix]] is the press secretary! Frenchie from ''Grease'' is the secretary!
20th Apr '14 12:21:35 PM Ecclytennysmithylove
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* FakeNationality: Kraus is German. Inga Swenson, the actress who plays her, is not.
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