The BEST Episodes of Benson

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 14, 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
One Strike, You're Out

#2 - 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

#3 - 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

#4 - 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

#5 - 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

#6 - 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

#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 9.00
1 votes
Directors: John Rich
Writers: Bob Fraser, Rob Dames
Just Friends

#8 - 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

#9 - 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

#10 - 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
The President's Double

#11 - 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

#12 - 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 8.36
88 votes
Trust Me

#13 - 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
63 votes
Writers: Lee Maddux, Tom Reeder
Conflict of Interest

#14 - 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'

#15 - 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

#16 - 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

#17 - 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 8.14
7 votes
Directors: Tony Mordente
Writers: Paul J. Raley
Bugging the Governor

#18 - 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 8.00
7 votes
Directors: Asaad Kelada
Writers: Bernard Dilbert
Marcy's Vacation

#19 - Marcy's Vacation

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired May 8, 1980

When Marcy plans her vacation, she worries her replacement may take her job.

star 8.00
6 votes
Directors: Don Barnhart
Writers: Kathy Speer, Terry Grossman
Citizen Kraus

#20 - Citizen Kraus

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 12, 1980

Miss Kraus seeks to become an American citizen.

star 8.00
2 votes
Rivals

#21 - Rivals

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 27, 1981

Kraus must pretend she is the governor's wife when a lifelong rival pays a visit.

star 8.00
2 votes
Homework

#22 - Homework

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 3, 1981

Katie's homework assignment sets the stage for vignettes about each cast member.

star 8.00
1 votes
The Party's Over

#23 - 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:
The Lumber Mill

#24 - The Lumber Mill

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired May 7, 1982

Governor Gatling decides to run for reelection as an independent.

star 8.00
1 votes
Black Tuesday

#25 - Black Tuesday

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired May 14, 1982

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

star 8.00
1 votes
Directors: John Rich
Writers: Bob Fraser, Rob Dames