The BEST Episodes of Benson
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Feb 1, 2021
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 - 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.
#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.
#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.
#5 - No Sad Songs
Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 6, 1981
Benson grieves the loss of his mother.
#6 - Clayton, Go Home
Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 13, 1981
After receiving death threats, Clayton moves into the mansion.
#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.
#8 - Just Friends
Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 3, 1980
The governor woos a powerful businessman whose wife is Benson's old flame.
#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.
#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.
#12 - 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.
#14 - 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.
#15 - 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.
#16 - Ghost Story
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 6, 1979
Thinking the mansion is haunted, the staff holds a seance.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#20 - Citizen Kraus
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 12, 1980
Miss Kraus seeks to become an American citizen.
#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.
#22 - Homework
Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 3, 1981
Katie's homework assignment sets the stage for vignettes about each cast member.
#23 - The Party's Over
Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 30, 1982
The governor learns his party won't support his renomination.
#24 - The Lumber Mill
Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired May 7, 1982
Governor Gatling decides to run for reelection as an independent.
#25 - Black Tuesday
Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired May 14, 1982
The governor's reelection campaign appears to have ended in failure.