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TV Series
    (September 13, 1979-April 19, 1986)
    Aired on ABC
    Spin-off of Soap
    Robert Guillaume as Benson DuBois
    James Noble as Governor Eugene Gatling
    Missy Gold as Katie Gatling
    Inga Swenson as Gretchen Kraus
    Lewis J. Stadlen as John Taylor (1979-80)
    Rene Auberjonois as Clayton Endicott III (1980-86)
    Caroline McWilliams as Marcy Hill (1979-81)
    Didi Conn as Denise Stevens Downey (1981-85)
    Ethan Phillips as Pete Downey (1980-85)
    Premise: Benson leaves 'Soap' to run a governor's household
    The state Gatling was governor of was never named.
    In one episode, Benson has to defeat the Grim Reaper in death-themed Trivial Pursuit to save a bus full of children threatened by a storm. (There's a lighthearted sitcom moment for you.)
    Even in sitcom-land, butler to lieutenant governor is an unusual career path.
    The show ended with an unresolved cliffhanger: Benson and Gatling both run for the governor's office, and the winner is never revealed.
    It lasted nearly twice as long as the show it spun off from.
    An unknown comedian named Jerry Seinfeld made his TV debut playing a messenger in three episodes.
    It was the first network TV show to have characters using the internet. (For any nitpickers out there: technically, they used ARPANET, the government and military predecessor of the internet.)

Credit: C. Fishel

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