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.

First Lady

#1 - First Lady

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 28, 1980

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

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: John Rich
Writers: Kathy Speer, Terry Grossman
Benson's Appointment

#2 - Benson's Appointment

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 6, 1981

The governor promotes Benson to state budget director.

star 9.50
2 votes
Mid-Life Cowboy

#3 - Mid-Life Cowboy

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 15, 1985

An exhausted Governor Gatling plays cowboy at a dude ranch to unwind.

star 9.50
2 votes
One Strike, You're Out

#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.

star 9.03
35 votes
Fool's Gold

#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.

star 9.00
2 votes
In High Places

#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.

star 9.00
1 votes
No Sad Songs

#7 - No Sad Songs

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 6, 1981

Benson grieves the loss of his mother.

star 9.00
4 votes
Directors: John Rich
Writers: Bob Fraser, Rob Dames
Clayton, Go Home

#8 - Clayton, Go Home

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 13, 1981

After receiving death threats, Clayton moves into the mansion.

star 9.00
1 votes
Easy Kid Stuff

#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.

star 9.00
1 votes
Directors: John Rich
Writers: Bob Fraser, Rob Dames
The Lobbyist

#10 - The Lobbyist

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 11, 1981

Benson's lobbyist girlfriend poses a conflict of interest.

star 9.00
2 votes
Once in a Blue Moon

#11 - Once in a Blue Moon

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 8, 1982

After Clayton is assaulted, Benson approves of tighter security.

star 9.00
1 votes
Mary and Her Lambs

#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.

star 9.00
1 votes
Home for Christmas

#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.

star 9.00
1 votes
Directors: Bill Foster
Writers: R.J. Colleary
Just Friends

#14 - Just Friends

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 3, 1980

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

star 8.86
35 votes
Directors: John Bowab
Writers: Bob Colleary
Kraus Affair

#15 - 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 8.75
4 votes
Writers: Jeff Levin, Rick McCurdy
Chain of Command

#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.

star 8.67
6 votes
Directors: Asaad Kelada
Writers: Tom Reeder
Katie's Romance

#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.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Linda Day
Writers:
Scenario

#18 - Scenario

Season 6 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 22, 1985

Fearing a nuclear attack, the governor and his staff retreat to a bomb shelter.

star 8.50
2 votes
The President's Double

#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.

star 8.42
62 votes
Pilot

#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.

star 8.37
87 votes
Trust Me

#21 - Trust Me

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 20, 1979

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

star 8.35
62 votes
Writers: Lee Maddux, Tom Reeder
Stress

#22 - Stress

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 18, 1981

The governor tries to alleviate tension among the staff.

star 8.33
3 votes
Conflict of Interest

#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.

star 8.30
20 votes
Old Man Gatlin'

#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.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: John Bowab
Writers: Jeff Levin, Rick McCurdy
Ghost Story

#25 - 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