List of Benson episodes

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This is a list of episodes in the ABC television series Benson.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings[1]
First aired Last aired Rank Rating
1 24 September 13, 1979 (1979-09-13) May 8, 1980 (1980-05-08) 23 20.6
(Tied with The Love Boat)
2 22 October 31, 1980 (1980-10-31) May 22, 1981 (1981-05-22) N/A N/A
3 22 November 6, 1981 (1981-11-06) May 14, 1982 (1982-05-14) N/A N/A
4 22 October 22, 1982 (1982-10-22) March 31, 1983 (1983-03-31) N/A N/A
5 22 September 16, 1983 (1983-09-16) May 4, 1984 (1984-05-04) N/A N/A
6 24 September 21, 1984 (1984-09-21) April 5, 1985 (1985-04-05) N/A N/A
7 22 October 4, 1985 (1985-10-04) April 19, 1986 (1986-04-19) N/A N/A
Broadcast History
  • September 1979–July 1980, ABC Thursday 8:30–9:00
  • August 1980–March 1983, ABC Friday 8:00–8:30
  • March 1983–April 1983, ABC Thursday 8:00–8:30
  • May 1983–March 1985, ABC Friday 8:00–8:30
  • March 1985–September 1985, ABC Friday 9:00–9:30
  • October 1985–June 1986, ABC Friday 9:30–10:00
  • June 1986–August 1986, ABC Saturday 8:30–9:00


Season 1 (1979–80)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 1 "Pilot" Jay Sandrich Susan Harris September 13, 1979 (1979-09-13)
Benson DuBois, butler to Jessica Tate (from Soap), becomes temporary "director of household affairs" for her cousin, Governor Gene Gatling. Benson negotiates a compromise between supporters of bridge construction and beaver preservation. His success lands him a trial offer to be the governor's permanent aide. David Hedison guest stars.
2 2 "Trust Me" Peter Baldwin Story by : Lee Maddux
Teleplay by : Lee Maddux and Tom Reeder
September 20, 1979 (1979-09-20)
Katie sneaks away to a rock concert over her father's objections, and Benson, who'd been assigned to enforce the prohibition, prepares to resign his position. René Enríquez guest stars.
3 3 "The President's Double" Jay Sandrich Tom Reeder September 27, 1979 (1979-09-27)
When the life of a visiting African president is threatened by radicals from his own country, Benson is persuaded to impersonate him at a state dinner.
4 4 "Benson in Love" Peter Baldwin Bob Colleary October 4, 1979 (1979-10-04)
Benson meets the attractive Francine Wade (Beverly Todd) in the waiting room of the mansion and asks her out, not knowing she is a state senator.
5 5 "Conflict of Interest" Jay Sandrich Paul Wayne October 18, 1979 (1979-10-18)
The Governor faces a conflict between his duties as a father and his duties as a governor: an important invitation to Washington by the President comes up the same night that Gatling had promised Katie he would attend her school play.
6 6 "The Layoff" Peter Baldwin Bob Colleary October 25, 1979 (1979-10-25)
After Governor Gatling embarks on a budget-cutting campaign, Benson must decide which staff members to lay off. Katie resents Benson when he selects the sweet, elderly pastry chef who brightens up everyone's day. Meg Wylie guest stars.
7 7 "Snowbound" Jay Sandrich Susan Harris and Stu Silver November 1, 1979 (1979-11-01)
Governor Gatling wants the staff to join him on his retreat to a mountain cabin, and Benson agrees to come when he learns that Kraus will not attend. Then Kraus changes her mind, and, to make matters worse, the staff gets snowed in.
8 8 "Jessica" Jay Sandrich Bob Colleary and Tom Reeder November 8, 1979 (1979-11-08)
Jessica Tate (Katherine Helmond) visits and begins dating the elderly French Baron d'Arvenaux. When the baron dies in Jessica's hotel room and Jessica calls on Benson for help, drastic action is needed to avert a potential scandal.
9 9 "Don't Quote Me" Peter Baldwin Tom Reeder November 22, 1979 (1979-11-22)
A scandalous remark by the Governor about a state senator is printed, endangering the governor's administration and causing everyone on the staff to suspect each other of being the leak.
10 10 "War Stories" Jay Sandrich Michael Weinberger November 29, 1979 (1979-11-29)
Benson introduces an old army buddy (Mark Goddard) to single Marcy, not knowing the man is married.
11 11 "Ghost Story" Tony Mordente Rick McCurdy and Jeff Levin December 6, 1979 (1979-12-06)
The mansion is haunted by a nineteenth-century governor who was murdered (perhaps by his successor).
12 12 "Taylor's Bid" John Bowab Rick McCurdy and Jeff Levin December 13, 1979 (1979-12-13)
Taylor decides to resign his position as adviser in order to run for public office.
13 13 "One Strike, You're Out" Jay Sandrich Warren S. Murray December 27, 1979 (1979-12-27)
The domestic workers at the mansion go on strike, threatening a high-level dinner.
14 14 "Just Friends" John Bowab Bob Colleary January 3, 1980 (1980-01-03)
Governor Gatling works to persuade entrepreneur Howard Walker to settle his new factory in his state, causing discomfort for Benson, who once romanced the man's wife. Roscoe Lee Browne and Denise Nicholas guest star.
15 15 "Chain of Command" Asaad Kelada Tom Reeder January 10, 1980 (1980-01-10)
During the governor's illness, the slimy lieutenant governor (David Ruprecht), hoping to take Gatling's place permanently, advances a bill that Gatling opposes. Benson must come to the rescue.
16 16 "Bugging the Governor" Asaad Kelada Bernard Dilbert January 24, 1980 (1980-01-24)
Someone is bugging the mansion. Joel Brooks guest stars.
17 17 "Kraus Affair" Tony Mordente Story by : Mitch Markowitz
Teleplay by : Rick McCurdy and Jeff Levin
January 31, 1980 (1980-01-31)
Kraus falls for the butcher, but she lacks the self-confidence to ask him out.
18 18 "Checkmate" Tony Mordente Story by : Mark Barkan and Louis Coppola
Teleplay by : Bob Colleary and Tom Reeder
February 7, 1980 (1980-02-07)
An eleven-year-old Soviet chess prodigy, brought to the mansion for a tournament, implores Katie to hide him in her room. When the Soviets can't find him, they threaten war if the boy is not returned.
19 19 "Cold Storage" John Bowab Jim Tisdale February 28, 1980 (1980-02-28)
Benson and Kraus get locked in the basement together.
20 20 "Old Man Gatlin'" John Bowab Rick McCurdy and Jeff Levin March 6, 1980 (1980-03-06)
The Governor's loudmouthed father (David Huddleston) comes to visit and wreaks havoc among the staff.
21 21 "Power Play" John Tracy Rick McCurdy and Jeff Levin March 20, 1980 (1980-03-20)
A load of dead fish and sludge is delivered to the mansion by El Gato, a conservationist.
22 22 "Takin' It to the Streets" Tony Mordente Shelley Zellman & Wally Dalton March 27, 1980 (1980-03-27)
Wanting to know how the "little people" really feel, Governor Gatling makes an incognito visit to a grungy local bar, along with a reluctant Benson, to mix with the constituents. Joy Garrett and Kene Holliday guest star.
23 23 "The Army Wants You" Tony Mordente Paul Raley May 1, 1980 (1980-05-01)
With almost everybody else in the mansion down with the flu, Benson learns that while in the Army he may have been part of an experiment in germ warfare without his knowledge. Jack Dodson guest stars.
24 24 "Marcy's Vacation" Don Barnhart Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman May 8, 1980 (1980-05-08)
Going on vacation, Marcy worries that her replacement may do a better job than she and retain the position permanently.

Season 2 (1980–81)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
25 1 "Thick as Thieves" John Rich Bob Fraser & Rob Dames October 31, 1980 (1980-10-31)
Benson and Kraus are held hostage during a market robbery. Clyde Kusatsu guest stars. First appearances of Ethan Phillips and René Auberjonois
26 2 "Benson in the Hospital" John Rich Rich Reinhart November 7, 1980 (1980-11-07)
Benson has a strange malady that has all the doctors puzzled.
27 3 "Fool's Gold" John Rich Tom Whedon and Bob Colleary November 14, 1980 (1980-11-14)
Benson's discovery of an old letter suggesting hidden treasure somewhere in the mansion leads to gold fever among the governor's staff. Jerry Seinfeld makes the first of his three appearances on Benson.
28 4 "Masquerade" John Rich Rick McCurdy and Jeff Levin November 21, 1980 (1980-11-21)
A group of revolutionaries seeks to steal a statue from the mansion.
29 5 "First Lady" John Rich Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman November 28, 1980 (1980-11-28)
Katie is jealous when her father gives special attention to a very important hostess whom he calls Pretty Lily, and Benson must deal with a broken air conditioning system. Barbara Babcock and Warren Munson guest stars.
30 6 "Citizen Kraus" John Rich Bud Slocomb & Len Riley December 12, 1980 (1980-12-12)
Gretchen wants to become an American citizen, but, despite a lot of studying, she fails the test due to nervousness.
31 7 "Benson's Groupie" John Rich Bob Colleary December 19, 1980 (1980-12-19)
Benson's spoiled and self-centered vacation romance follows him home refusing to take no for an answer at the same time important religious leaders are visiting the mansion.
32 8 "In High Places" John Rich Bob Fraser & Rob Dames January 9, 1981 (1981-01-09)
The pilot of the Governor's charter plane suffers a heart attack and there is no co-pilot, so the Governor has to fly the plane himself.
33 9 "Old School Ties" John Rich Bob Fraser & Rob Dames January 16, 1981 (1981-01-16)
Libby, the Governor's sister, thinks that Katie should be sent to a boarding school. The staff is crushed when the Governor takes his sister's advice.
34 10 "The Apartment" John Rich Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman January 23, 1981 (1981-01-23)
Wanting some privacy, Benson rents an apartment, but despite his efforts everybody manages to intrude.
35 11 "Big Buddy" John Rich Tom Whedon and Bob Colleary February 6, 1981 (1981-02-06)
Press secretary Pete hatches a new scheme to give the Governor good publicity and involves Benson in a "Big Buddy" program.
36 12 "Fireside Chat" John Rich Tom Whedon February 13, 1981 (1981-02-13)
The Governor is scheduled to be on television for a "fireside chat", but a lover's quarrel between Marcy and Dan (the telecast's producer) bleeds through and ruins the telecast.
37 13 "Marcy's Wedding" John Rich Bob Colleary February 20, 1981 (1981-02-20)
Marcy is marrying Dan (Ted Danson) and Benson is responsible for the wedding plans. But Marcy's mother intrudes and disrupts all the arrangements.
38 14 "Rivals" John Rich Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman February 27, 1981 (1981-02-27)
Kraus's childhood rival visits from Germany, expecting to find the cook married to the governor.
39 15 "No Sad Songs" John Rich Bob Fraser & Rob Dames March 6, 1981 (1981-03-06)
Benson's mother (Beah Richards) comes for a visit and charms everybody, but an unexpected event sadly cuts her stay short.
40 16 "Clayton, Go Home" John Rich Tom Whedon and Bob Colleary March 13, 1981 (1981-03-13)
When Clayton plans to testify against an airline that tried to bribe him, he starts receiving mysterious death threats, so he tries to escape by moving into the mansion.
41 17 "Easy Kid Stuff" John Rich Bob Fraser & Rob Dames March 20, 1981 (1981-03-20)
After a boy falls out of a tree and breaks his arm, Benson has conflicting feelings about becoming the boy's father figure.
42 18 "Homework" John Rich Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman April 3, 1981 (1981-04-03)
Katie is supposed to write a school paper on her family. She writes about her father the Governor, Marcy, Pete, Kraus, and Benson.
43 19 "Handwriting on the Wall" John Rich Rich Reinhart April 10, 1981 (1981-04-10)
A controversial environmental bill brings the governor strange threats. Benson begins an investigation as to the source of the letters, but the culprit may be someone in the mansion.
44 20 "The Governor's House Call" John Rich Tom Whedon and Bob Colleary May 8, 1981 (1981-05-08)
The Governor, Benson and Clayton are trapped in a bordello with a muckraking columnist.
45 21 "All Shook Up" John Rich Bob Fraser & Rob Dames May 15, 1981 (1981-05-15)
An earthquake occurs and the Governor and staff work to rescue Benson and Clayton who are stuck in the cellar.
46 22 "Lifesaver" John Rich Rich Reinhart May 22, 1981 (1981-05-22)
Benson saves Kraus's life but wonders if he did the right thing when her appreciation goes way too far.

Season 3 (1981–82)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
47 1 "Benson's Appointment" John Rich Norman Barasch and Bob Colleary November 6, 1981 (1981-11-06)
When the state budget director unexpectedly dies, the Governor wants to appoint Benson to the job, but a State Senator is determined to block the confirmation. Dana Elcar guest stars.
48 2 "The Grass Ain't Greener" John Rich Bob Fraser & Rob Dames November 13, 1981 (1981-11-13)
Benson goes undercover to investigate conditions in a prison. Don Calfa, Bill Duke, and Brion James guest stars.
49 3 "Sit-In" John Rich Rich Reinhart November 27, 1981 (1981-11-27)
It's Marcy's last day working with Benson before she moves away, and in Benson's office a conductor holds a concert in protest of the musicians' plight while Benson is holding interviews for a new secretary. Didi Conn guest stars as Denise Johnson.
50 4 "Double Exposure" John Rich Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman December 4, 1981 (1981-12-04)
While he, the Governor, Clayton and Pete are in Washington D.C. on official business, Benson helps an FBI agent uncover a bribery scheme. Didi Conn's first appearance as a regular cast member.
51 5 "The Lobbyist" John Rich Story by : Doug Keyes & Chip Keyes
Teleplay by : Bob Fraser & Rob Dames
December 11, 1981 (1981-12-11)
Benson's lobbyist girlfriend approaches Benson with a project he approves, but the project brings charges of corruption against Benson.
52 6 "Stress" John Rich Michael J. Weithorn and Bob Fraser & Rob Dames December 18, 1981 (1981-12-18)
After a day when everyone gets mad at Benson, the Governor holds an encounter session with the staff.
53 7 "Rainbow's End" John Rich Russ Woody December 25, 1981 (1981-12-25)
Benson learns that his old flame (Rosalind Cash) is confined to a wheelchair; Clayton is trying to celebrate his birthday.
54 8 "Once in a Blue Moon" John Rich Bob Fraser & Rob Dames January 8, 1982 (1982-01-08)
Clayton is assaulted and Benson approves tighter security at his expense.
55 9 "Kraus Falls in Love" John Rich Korby Siamis January 15, 1982 (1982-01-15)
Kraus falls in love with a man who isn't available.
56 10 "Stocks & Options" John Rich Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman January 22, 1982 (1982-01-22)
Trouble ensues after Benson accepts some stock from Pete as a debt payment.
57 11 "Kraus's Deadly Mistake" John Rich Rich Reinhart February 5, 1982 (1982-02-05)
Kraus tries to live life to the absolute fullest after she gets the idea that she only has six months to live.
58 12 "Sweet Irish Rose" John Rich Bob Fraser & Rob Dames February 12, 1982 (1982-02-12)
Former Governor Mulligan pays his successor a visit, bringing his attractive niece. Clayton is taken with her beauty and tries to ingratiate himself with her.
59 13 "Street Gangs" John Rich David Langston Smyrl February 19, 1982 (1982-02-19)
Benson tries to help a street gang stay out of trouble by suggesting they bid for a job with the city.
60 14 "Katie's Romance" Linda Day David Langston Smyrl February 26, 1982 (1982-02-26)
Katie starts to have romantic feelings for Pete after he accompanies her to a gymnastics meet.
61 15 "Clayton's Condo" John Rich Rich Reinhart March 5, 1982 (1982-03-05)
Clayton invests in a condominium.
62 16 "Getting Even" John Rich Ralph Phillips March 12, 1982 (1982-03-12)
A wealthy investor pressures Denise for sexual favors.
63 17 "Pete the Hero" John Rich Story by : Russ Woody
Teleplay by : Bob Fraser & Rob Dames
March 19, 1982 (1982-03-19)
Pete damages a car he borrowed from Benson.
64 18 "In the Red" John Rich Bob Fraser & Rob Dames March 26, 1982 (1982-03-26)
Benson has his tax records stolen just days before his audit with the IRS. Scatman Crothers guest stars.
65 19 "Teed Off" John Rich Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman April 2, 1982 (1982-04-02)
Benson, the Governor, Clayton, and Pete are at each other's throats after playing a round of golf together.
66 20 "The Party's Over" John Rich Rich Reinhart April 30, 1982 (1982-04-30)
The Governor learns a lot about dirty politics when his party won't support his renomination. Percy Rodriguez guest stars.
67 21 "The Lumber Mill" John Rich Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman May 7, 1982 (1982-05-07)
After visiting his old lumber mill, the Governor decides to run for re-election as an independent.
68 22 "Black Tuesday" John Rich Bob Fraser & Rob Dames May 14, 1982 (1982-05-14)
The Governor's campaign comes to a hectic close: he appears to have lost.

Season 4 (1982–83)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
69/70 1/2 "Death in a Funny Position" Bill Foster Bob Fraser & Rob Dames October 22, 1982 (1982-10-22)
A yacht cruise becomes a murder mystery when the owner of the boat is stabbed to death. More murders are committed on the yacht, but Benson manages to catch the killer and save the day. Ron Carey, Michael Constantine, Lynda Day George, Tab Hunter, and Keene Curtis guest star.
71 3 "What a Revoltin' Development" Bill Foster Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman October 29, 1982 (1982-10-29)
While attending a conference in Latin America, Benson and Pete are kidnapped by revolutionaries.
72 4 "Thy Brother's Keeper" Tony Singletary Bob Fraser & Rob Dames November 5, 1982 (1982-11-05)
Benson's younger brother (Tim Reid) visits him at the same time an important report is due.
73 5 "Quest for Retire" Bill Foster Ralph Phillips November 12, 1982 (1982-11-12)
Charlie, the mansion's gardener, seeks Benson's help to avoid mandatory retirement. Danny Thomas guest stars.
74 6 "Teacher's Pest" Bill Foster Richard Vaczy and Don Hart November 19, 1982 (1982-11-19)
Kraus must pass an economics test to keep her job. When she finds out that Benson is going to be her teacher, she thinks that it's hopeless.
75 7 "Benson's Army Reunion" Bill Foster Ralph Phillips November 26, 1982 (1982-11-26)
Benson holds an army reunion. Envy surfaces when Kim, a Korean kid the group befriended during the war, turns out to have become a multi-millionaire.
76 8 "Benson's New Home" Bill Foster Bob Colleary December 3, 1982 (1982-12-03)
Benson buys a house from a shady salesman and tries to get him to renovate it. Barney Martin guest stars.
77 9 "Crimes of the Hearth" Bill Foster Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman December 10, 1982 (1982-12-10)
When Benson's condo is burglarized, he finds out that it won't be easy to catch the crooks. George Murdock guest stars.
78 10 "Mary and Her Lambs" Rob Dames Bob Fraser & Rob Dames December 17, 1982 (1982-12-17)
It's Christmastime and Benson helps an assistant cook keep her foster children.
79 11 "Pen Pal" Bill Foster Bob Fraser & Rob Dames December 31, 1982 (1982-12-31)
Kraus's pen pal, an ex-convict, visits her, hoping for a job.
80 12 "The Honeymooners" Gary Brown Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman January 7, 1983 (1983-01-07)
Kraus is about to get married. But when the groom can't make it, Benson stands in as proxy.
81 13 "Close Encounters on the Third Hole" Bill Foster Bob Fraser & Rob Dames January 14, 1983 (1983-01-14)
While Benson and the Governor are playing golf, a UFO shows up.
82 14 "Katie's Boyfriend" Mark Warren Bob Colleary January 21, 1983 (1983-01-21)
The Governor allows Katie to go on her first date.
83 15 "The Royal Painting" Bill Foster Joan Brooker & Nancy Eddo January 28, 1983 (1983-01-28)
A former street gang is hired to paint the mansion in preparation for a visit from the Queen of England.
84 16 "Boys Night Out" Bill Foster Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman February 4, 1983 (1983-02-04)
The men come to Benson's house to swap stories, play cards, and watch TV. Benson is a little disappointed in the Governor for vetoing a bill Benson supported.
85 17 "Family Tree" Bill Foster Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman February 18, 1983 (1983-02-18)
Benson and Clayton learn that they might be related to each other.
86 18 "Calamity Kraus" Bill Foster Bob Fraser & Rob Dames February 25, 1983 (1983-02-25)
Kraus pretends to be a wealthy heiress to keep a manufacturing plant in the state.
87 19 "Kraus Sings the Blues" Bill Foster Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan March 4, 1983 (1983-03-04)
Benson hosts a telethon; when other acts cancel, he lets Kraus sing.
88 20 "Half-Court Trap" Bill Foster Bill Boulware March 11, 1983 (1983-03-11)
Benson learns that his nephew, a basketball star, can hardly read or write.
89 21 "A View from the Roof" Bill Foster Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan March 18, 1983 (1983-03-18)
Benson and the Governor try putting an antenna on the roof, but the ladder falls and the two get trapped up there.
90 22 "Love in a Funny Phase" Linda Day Bob Fraser & Rob Dames March 31, 1983 (1983-03-31)
Benson's girlfriend announces she'll date other men.

Season 5 (1983–84)[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
91 1 "Band of Gold" Bill Foster Winifred Hervey and Bill Boulware September 16, 1983 (1983-09-16)
In the fifth-season opener, Denise and Pete are about to get married in the woods.
92 2 "Human Element" Gary Brown Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan September 23, 1983 (1983-09-23)
A robot is brought into the mansion, causing discomfort among the staff.
93 3 "God, I Need This Job" Bill Foster Bob Fraser & Rob Dames September 30, 1983 (1983-09-30)
Everyone thinks that Benson is out of it when he sees, hears, and talks to Jessica Tate's ghost.
94 4 "Who's Arnold?" Bill Foster Winifred Hervey October 7, 1983 (1983-10-07)
Benson poses as Kraus's husband when her mother visits from Germany. Deborah Pratt guest stars.
95 5 "Full Court Press" Katherine Helmond Bill Boulware October 21, 1983 (1983-10-21)
Katie is assigned to write a report about what goes on in the mansion, resulting in Clayton's lawsuit against Benson for defamation.
96 6 "Down the Drain" Bill Foster Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan October 28, 1983 (1983-10-28)
Plumbing problems at Benson's flat cause him to call a crotchety old workman to fix his sink. But something unexpected happens to the plumber.
97 7 "It Ain't Sheik" Bill Foster Story by : Ralph Phillips
Teleplay by : Bob Fraser & Rob Dames
November 4, 1983 (1983-11-04)
Benson gets the annoying assignments of persuading a sheik to alter his plans for a multi-million dollar headquarter complex, and of stopping the sheik's passionate advances toward Kraus. Bob Fraser guest stars.
98 8 "You Can't Give It Away" Rob Dames Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman November 11, 1983 (1983-11-11)
Benson wins the state lottery.
99 9 "Katie's Cookies" Bill Foster Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan November 18, 1983 (1983-11-18)
Benson helps Katie to win a cookie contest while he's supposed to be testifying against the mob. William Smith guest stars.
100 10 "Labor Pains" Gary Brown Bill Boulware November 25, 1983 (1983-11-25)
While Benson's neighbor is trapped in a snowstorm, Benson must take care of his baby.
101 11 "Unlisted Love" Gary Brown Winifred Hervey December 2, 1983 (1983-12-02)
The Governor meets again the woman (Arlene Golonka) he had a crush on in high school.
102 12 "The Governor's Brain Is Missing" Bill Foster Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman December 16, 1983 (1983-12-16)
Army operatives replace Governor Gatling with a double.
103 13 "A Real Gone Daddy" Ellen Falcon Daryl G. Nickens December 23, 1983 (1983-12-23)
Benson receives an honorary degree at Pete’s alma mater, but the festivities take a strange turn when nostalgia transforms Pete into the coffeehouse poet he used to be. Vincent Schiavelli guest stars.
104 14 "Too Pooped to Pip" Gary Brown & Mark Warren Winifred Hervey January 6, 1984 (1984-01-06)
Benson tries hard to get Gladys Knight and the Pips to perform at a telethon.
105 15 "In All the Wrong Places" Gary Brown Bill Boulware January 13, 1984 (1984-01-13)
Katie’s school chum, Winston, starts a campaign to get his widowed mother and Benson to the altar.
106 16 "Embarrassing Moments" Bill Foster Debra Frank & Scott Rubenstein January 20, 1984 (1984-01-20)
Benson is named Citywide Magazine's "Bachelor of the Month," but the female response threatens his romance with the photographer.
107 17 "Take My Life, Please" Gary Brown Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan January 27, 1984 (1984-01-27)
When the visiting President orders a security check of all the employees at the mansion, Benson is labeled a spy.
108 18 "Beauty and the Beef" Bill Foster Winifred Hervey February 3, 1984 (1984-02-03)
When Benson judges a beauty pageant, Clayton and Governor Gatling try to sway the vote in their directions.
109 19 "We Deliver" Bill Foster Bill Boulware February 24, 1984 (1984-02-24)
While Denise is about to give birth, Denise, Benson, and the Governor get stuck in an elevator.
110 20 "The Endicott Dynasty" Bill Foster Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman March 2, 1984 (1984-03-02)
Clayton gets upset when his father (Stephen Elliott) chooses Benson to run his business empire upon his death.
111 21 "The Little Hotel That Could" Katherine Helmond Robin Pennington March 9, 1984 (1984-03-09)
Kraus nags Benson into joining her to save an old hotel from being torn down.
112 22 "Let's Play Doctor" Gary Brown Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan May 4, 1984 (1984-05-04)
Benson learns that a crusty old doctor, up for the governor's Humanitarian Award, does not have a medical license.

Season 6 (1984–85)[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
113 1 "The Scandal" Gary Brown Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan September 21, 1984 (1984-09-21)
While going undercover, Benson learns that the lieutenant governor is accepting bribes from a construction company. Susan Ruttan guest stars.
114 2 "The Inheritance" Gary Brown Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman September 28, 1984 (1984-09-28)
Benson finds it hard to believe that he is the sole heir to the Playbird magazine empire. Penny Baker and Joel Brooks guest star.
115 3 "Let's Get Physical" Bill Foster Robin Pennington October 12, 1984 (1984-10-12)
Benson's pleasure turns to panic when the attractive doctor (Jayne Kennedy) who conducted his physical wants to meet with him to discuss the results.
116 4 "The Campaign" Gary Brown Bill Boulware October 19, 1984 (1984-10-19)
After Benson decides to run for lieutenant governor, he learns that a major supporter expects to be repaid with political favors. Dick Sargent guest stars.
117 5 "The Election" Gary Brown Winifred Hervey October 26, 1984 (1984-10-26)
Benson's campaign runs out of money.
118 6 "Made in Hong Kong: Part 1" Bill Foster Bob Fraser & Rob Dames November 2, 1984 (1984-11-02)
Benson, the Governor, Clayton, and Kraus go off to Hong Kong, where Clayton is mistaken for a famous designer and kidnapped by a fashion tycoon and her henchmen. Marian Mercer guest stars.
119 7 "Made in Hong Kong: Part 2" Bill Foster Bob Fraser & Rob Dames November 9, 1984 (1984-11-09)
Benson, with help from the police, is pursued while trying to rescue the captured Governor and Kraus, who earlier attempted to rescue Clayton from Lady Van Dyne.
120 8 "Hello, We Must Be Going" Gary Brown Bill Boulware November 16, 1984 (1984-11-16)
Benson plans to name Kraus his assistant,but things go awry when someone with political clout is hired instead.
121 9 "Double Date" Gilbert Moses Story by : Ron Birnbach
Teleplay by : Ron Birnbach and Bob Fraser & Rob Dames
November 23, 1984 (1984-11-23)
Benson fixes Clayton up with a date.
122 10 "Taking It to the Max" Rob Dames Winifred Hervey November 30, 1984 (1984-11-30)
Benson is shocked when his sister (Vernee Watson-Johnson) ignores his advice to be cautious with her ex-boyfriend.
123 11 "The Reunion" Gilbert Moses Winifred Hervey December 7, 1984 (1984-12-07)
Benson visits with his brother and uncle, whom he hasn't seen in years. Julius Harris and Kene Holiday guest star.
124 12 "Make War, Not Love" Katherine Helmond Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan December 14, 1984 (1984-12-14)
Benson's attendance at a trade conference sets off two nations' declaration of war.
125 13 "Home for Christmas" Bill Foster Bob Colleary December 21, 1984 (1984-12-21)
While unconscious after tripping and falling, Benson dreams about Christmas with his mother.
126 14 "On the Road" Bill Foster Bill Boulware January 11, 1985 (1985-01-11)
When Kraus doesn't show up for a while, Benson discovers she has returned to acting. He disguises himself as a limousine driver to try to get her back. Mills Watson guest stars.
127 15 "Take This Job and Love It" Bill Foster Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan January 18, 1985 (1985-01-18)
Benson takes on a mayor who plans to outlaw breakdancing in public places.
128 16 "Making Change" Rob Dames Winifred Hervey January 25, 1985 (1985-01-25)
Benson, the Governor, Kraus, and Clayton talk about people from their pasts who influenced their lives.
129 17 "Solid Gold" Gary Brown Bill Boulware February 1, 1985 (1985-02-01)
On a trip to Las Vegas, Katie and the Governor do some bonding, Clayton does some gambling, and Benson and Kraus take part in a lounge act. Marty Allen, Ruta Lee, Smothers Brothers, and Bobby Vinton guest star.
130 18 "The Oval Office" Bill Foster Bob Fraser & Rob Dames February 8, 1985 (1985-02-08)
Called in by President Reagan because of a remark Benson made, Benson and the Governor get trapped in the Oval Office.
131 19 "Mid-life Cowboy"
"Mid-life Crisis"
Gary Brown Cherie Eichen & Bill Steinkellner February 15, 1985 (1985-02-15)
An exhausted Governor Gatling decides to unwind by playing cowboy at a dude ranch. Max Wright guest stars.
132 20 "Scenario" Rob Dames Rob Dames & Bob Fraser February 22, 1985 (1985-02-22)
Benson, the Governor, and everyone else in the mansion go to the bomb cellar to try to prepare for a nuclear attack.
133 21 "Dubois: Portrait of a Politician" Rob Dames Rob Dames & Bob Fraser March 15, 1985 (1985-03-15)
While the Governor is away on business, Benson, as acting governor, vetoes a bill that the Governor had agreed to sign.
134 22 "Katie's Cousin" Bill Foster Bob Colleary March 22, 1985 (1985-03-22)
Katie's cousin Laura (Tracey Gold) persuades Katie to lie to her father about sleeping at a friend's house. Benson sees Katie out at a bar instead.
135 23 "The Bookburner" Gary Brown Bob Colleary March 29, 1985 (1985-03-29)
Benson's tie-breaking vote on a school bill leads to a major conflict with a powerful senator and to a book-burning.
136 24 "Jung at Heart" Bob Fraser Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan April 5, 1985 (1985-04-05)
When Clayton is passed over for Man of the Year in favor of Benson, his mind plays him a trick: he believes he has become Benson.

Season 7 (1985–86)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
137 1 "Benson the Hero" Rob Dames Bob Colleary October 4, 1985 (1985-10-04)
Benson foils an armed robbery. So the robber's attorney hits him with a civil suit.
138 2 "Love and Politics" Bill Foster Clay Graham & John Donley October 11, 1985 (1985-10-11)
Benson revisits his romantic relationship with Senator Hartford, but a bill Clayton supports complicates matters.
139 3 "Uncle Jack" Gary Brown Robin Pennington October 18, 1985 (1985-10-18)
Benson tries to bring the Governor and his brother Jack (Sandy McPeak) together after a 25-year estrangement.
140 4 "The Stranger" Bill Foster Tom Biener & Ron Landry October 25, 1985 (1985-10-25)
A mysterious stranger lurks around the Governor's mansion on Halloween night. William Marshall guest stars.
141 5 "We Spy" Bill Foster Jurgen Wolff November 8, 1985 (1985-11-08)
While Benson and Kraus go to East Germany on official business, the two are accused of being spies. Christopher Neame guest stars.
142 6 "$1,000,000 an Hour" Gary Brown Elena Yates & Ken Eulo November 15, 1985 (1985-11-15)
Benson and Clayton must spend an $8-million surplus before the next fiscal year begins—in mere hours. Martin E. Brooks guest stars.
143 7 "Flight of the Dodo: Part 1" Bill Foster Bob Fraser & Rob Dames November 29, 1985 (1985-11-29)
On their way to play golf, Benson, the Governor, and Clayton run into danger with Clayton as their helicopter pilot.
144 8 "Flight of the Dodo: Part 2" Bill Foster Bob Fraser & Rob Dames December 6, 1985 (1985-12-06)
After crash-landing the helicopter in the desert, Benson, the Governor, and Clayton struggle to survive.
145 9 "Two Boys and Their Dog" Rob Dames Don Hart December 13, 1985 (1985-12-13)
One of Clayton's wacky investment schemes involves a wiener-dog.
146 10 "Last Man on Earth" Gary Brown Tom Biener & Ron Landry January 3, 1986 (1986-01-03)
After talk about Halley's comet, Kraus dreams that she and Benson are the only ones left on earth.
147 11 "Secret Love" Bill Foster Tom Biener & Ron Landry January 18, 1986 (1986-01-18)
Clayton's living arrangements create a problem for his confirmation to be the state's budget director. Jack Dodson guest stars.
148 12 "Summer of Discontent" Whitney J. LeBlanc Clay Graham & John Donley January 25, 1986 (1986-01-25)
Benson and the Governor seek advice from a conservationist to help them pass environmental legislation. Keenen Ivory Wayans guest stars.
149 13 "Parade Rest" Rob Dames Bob Colleary February 1, 1986 (1986-02-01)
A veteran is hired to retile the bathroom, but disappears.
150 14 "Reel Murder: Part 1" Bob Fraser Bob Fraser & Rob Dames February 8, 1986 (1986-02-08)
Actor George Kennedy's plan to film a movie in the Governor's mansion turns into a murder mystery. Joanna Barnes and Robert Picardo guest star.
151 15 "Reel Murder: Part 2" Bob Fraser Bob Fraser & Rob Dames February 15, 1986 (1986-02-15)
With everyone's lives in danger and not much time left, they try to crack the case.
152 16 "The Hat and the Ring" Lee Shallat Clay Graham & John Donley February 22, 1986 (1986-02-22)
Benson is convinced that the question Senator Hartford has for him is "the" question.
153 17 "The Bucks Stop Here" Bill Foster Don Hart March 1, 1986 (1986-03-01)
Clayton has his sights on running the family fortune, until he meets his father's young, pretty fiancee.
154 18 "Pardon Me" Rob Dames Bob Colleary March 15, 1986 (1986-03-15)
Benson persuades the governor to pardon a man wrongly imprisoned for 25 years, but he’d rather stay in prison.
155 19 "Hi, Society" Gary Brown Bob Colleary March 22, 1986 (1986-03-22)
A conservation expert may help Benson and the Governor pass an important bill. But when Kraus hears of the strategy, she leaks it to a friend, who turns out to be a gossip columnist.
156 20 "Three on a Mismatch" Rob Dames Story by : Bill Overton & Ken Russ and Clay Graham & John Donley
Teleplay by : Clay Graham & John Donley
March 29, 1986 (1986-03-29)
The Governor answers a personals ad.
157 21 "Friends and Enemies" Hilton L. Smack Tom Biener & Ron Landry April 12, 1986 (1986-04-12)
With Governor Gatling's latest term about to end, the assumption is that he can't run again. Then he learns that he can run again and does, competing with his old friend Benson for the job.
158 22 "And the Winner Is..." Gary Brown Tom Biener & Ron Landry April 19, 1986 (1986-04-19)
People await to learn the winner of the election.


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