Bensinger grew up in Los Angeles and attended the Webb School of California. He earned his B.A. as an English Major at Yale before attending UCLA Film School where he received his MFA. He began his career writing features. He wrote and directed the film "Just Looking". Bensinger moved from features to TV in the late nineties and has written on numerous shows including The Pretender, Beverly Hills, 90210, Titans, "Going to California", Dragnet, Cold Case, "Justice", "Viva Laughlin", Harper's Island, "Parenthood", "Prime Suspect", "Masters of Sex" and "Nashville".