The BEST Episodes of Benson
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Aug 13, 2020
Network: ABC (US)
Robert Guillaume stars as Benson Dubois, assistant to his state's governor, in this "Soap" spinoff.
#1 - First Lady
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 28, 1980
Katie believes her father is going to remarry without having told her first.
#2 - Benson's Appointment
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 6, 1981
The governor promotes Benson to state budget director.
#3 - Mid-Life Cowboy
Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 15, 1985
An exhausted Governor Gatling plays cowboy at a dude ranch to unwind.
#4 - One Strike, You're Out
Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 27, 1979
With the mansion's domestic workers on strike, the staff must take on all of the household duties.
#5 - Fool's Gold
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 14, 1980
The staff goes on a frantic search for gold that may be hidden in the mansion.
#6 - In High Places
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 9, 1981
The governor must take the reins of a plane when the pilot dies during the flight.
#7 - No Sad Songs
Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 6, 1981
Benson grieves the loss of his mother.
#8 - Clayton, Go Home
Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 13, 1981
After receiving death threats, Clayton moves into the mansion.
#9 - Easy Kid Stuff
Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 20, 1981
Benson struggles with the challenge of being a substitute father for a needy boy.
#10 - The Lobbyist
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 11, 1981
Benson's lobbyist girlfriend poses a conflict of interest.
#11 - Once in a Blue Moon
Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 8, 1982
After Clayton is assaulted, Benson approves of tighter security.
#12 - Mary and Her Lambs
Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 17, 1982
It's Christmas time and Benson helps an assistant cook keep her foster children.
#13 - Home for Christmas
Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 21, 1984
Benson dreams of a boyhood Christmas after falling unconscious from a slip and fall.
#14 - Just Friends
Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 3, 1980
The governor woos a powerful businessman whose wife is Benson's old flame.
#16 - Chain of Command
Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 10, 1980
With the governor ill, the irritating lieutenant governor makes a play for power that the staff tries to thwart.
#17 - Katie's Romance
Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 26, 1982
Katie develops a crush on Pete after he accompanies her to a gymnastics meet.
#18 - Scenario
Season 6 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 22, 1985
Fearing a nuclear attack, the governor and his staff retreat to a bomb shelter.
#19 - The President's Double
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 27, 1979
When a visiting African president is incapacitated, Benson steps into the role and is targeted by assassins.
#20 - Pilot
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 13, 1979
Benson comes to work for Governor Gatling and helps find a way for a bridge to be built without killing beavers.
#22 - Stress
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 18, 1981
The governor tries to alleviate tension among the staff.
#23 - Conflict of Interest
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 18, 1979
Governor Gatling is torn between attending Katie's school play and accepting an important political invitation.
#24 - Old Man Gatlin'
Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 6, 1980
When the governor's loudmouth father visits, it's up to Benson to keep him in check during an important speech.
#25 - Ghost Story
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 6, 1979
Thinking the mansion is haunted, the staff holds a seance.