The BEST Episodes of Benson

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2021

Network: ABC (US)

Robert Guillaume stars as Benson Dubois, assistant to his state's governor, in this "Soap" spinoff.

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One Strike, You're Out

#1 - 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.

star 8.94
36 votes
Chain of Command

#2 - 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.

star 8.86
7 votes
Directors: Asaad Kelada
Writers: Tom Reeder
Just Friends

#3 - Just Friends

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 3, 1980

The governor woos a powerful businessman whose wife is Benson's old flame.

star 8.81
36 votes
Directors: John Bowab
Writers: Bob Colleary
Kraus Affair

#4 - Kraus Affair

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 31, 1980

Kraus has a crush on the butcher and needs help from Benson and Marcy to reel him in.

star 8.80
5 votes
Writers: Jeff Levin, Rick McCurdy
No Sad Songs

#5 - No Sad Songs

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 6, 1981

Benson grieves the loss of his mother.

star 8.60
5 votes
Directors: John Rich
Writers: Bob Fraser, Rob Dames
First Lady

#6 - First Lady

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 28, 1980

Katie believes her father is going to remarry without having told her first.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: John Rich
Writers: Kathy Speer, Terry Grossman
Easy Kid Stuff

#7 - 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.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: John Rich
Writers: Bob Fraser, Rob Dames
The President's Double

#8 - 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.

star 8.44
63 votes
Fool's Gold

#9 - 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.

star 8.33
3 votes
Change (Pilot)

#10 - Change (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.

star 8.32
91 votes
Directors: Jay Sandrich
Writers: Susan Harris
Trust Me

#11 - Trust Me

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 20, 1979

Katie sneaks off to a rock concert while under Benson's watch.

star 8.31
65 votes
Writers: Lee Maddux, Tom Reeder
Bugging the Governor

#12 - Bugging the Governor

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 24, 1980

When hidden microphones are found in the mansion, the staff plots to find the perpetrators.

star 8.25
8 votes
Directors: Asaad Kelada
Writers: Bernard Dilbert
Conflict of Interest

#13 - 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.

star 8.24
21 votes
Ghost Story

#14 - Ghost Story

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 6, 1979

Thinking the mansion is haunted, the staff holds a seance.

star 8.18
11 votes
The Army Wants You

#15 - The Army Wants You

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired May 1, 1980

Benson learns that his military unit was the subject of germ warfare testing.

star 8.13
8 votes
Directors: Tony Mordente
Writers: Paul J. Raley
Checkmate

#16 - Checkmate

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 7, 1980

A young Soviet chess prodigy hides in Katie's room and nearly causes an international incident.

star 8.00
8 votes
Writers: Bob Colleary, Tom Reeder
Citizen Kraus

#17 - Citizen Kraus

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 12, 1980

Miss Kraus seeks to become an American citizen.

star 8.00
3 votes
In High Places

#18 - 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.

star 8.00
2 votes
The Party's Over

#19 - The Party's Over

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 30, 1982

The governor learns his party won't support his renomination.

star 8.00
1 votes
Directors: John Rich
Writers:
Black Tuesday

#20 - Black Tuesday

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired May 14, 1982

The governor's reelection campaign appears to have ended in failure.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: John Rich
Writers: Bob Fraser, Rob Dames
Death in a Funny Position (2)

#21 - Death in a Funny Position (2)

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 22, 1982

A yacht cruise becomes a murder mystery when the owner of the boat is stabbed to death.

star 8.00
1 votes
What a Revoltin' Development

#22 - What a Revoltin' Development

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 29, 1982

While attending a conference in Latin America, Benson and Pete are kidnapped by revolutionaries.

star 8.00
1 votes
Teacher's Pest

#23 - Teacher's Pest

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 19, 1982

Benson tutors Kraus in economics to prepare her for a test.

star 8.00
1 votes
The Royal Painting

#24 - The Royal Painting

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 28, 1983

A former street gang is hired to paint the mansion for the visiting Queen of England.

star 8.00
1 votes
Kraus Sings the Blues

#25 - Kraus Sings the Blues

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 4, 1983

Benson hosts a telethon and lets Kraus sing when other acts cancel out.

star 8.00
1 votes