“So… who won?”

For more than 25 years now, it’s been the question on every Benson fan’s mind.

When the sitcom went the way of the horse and buggy in April 1986, it did not go gentle into that good night. No… Benson decided to end on a cliffhanger that rivaled ‘Who Shot JR?’ and Mork & Mindy living with cavemen.

After years as Governor Gatling’s aide de camp, our hero Benson decided to take a shot at the Governor’s office himself, running a campaign to serve as top man in the state of (Wait… we still don’t know what state they were in.)

But instead of letting us know if Gatling got re-elected or if Benson unseated him, we got nothing but one, last final roll of the credits.


Eh, in the grand scheme of things, we suppose it doesn’t really matter. The important thing was that we were treated to seven seasons of pure funny. Benson (Robert Guillaume) was the wise-cracking, take-no-crap, de facto head of the mansion, always trading barbs with Housekeeping Head Gretchen Kraus (Inga Swenson) and Chief of Staff Clayton Endicott III (Rene Auberjonois). And the Governor’s daughter (Missy Gold) was always running around getting into trouble.

It was the perfect recipe for success.

Aside from making our bellies hurt from laughter, Benson also got plenty of industry recognition, too. In all, it earned 17 Emmy nods, including a 1985 Best Actor win for Guillaume, making him the only black actor ever (to this day) to win the Lead Comedy Actor Emmy.

(…and for the record, we think he won the Governor’s race, too.)

We ♥ Benson.


~ by weheart80s on September 22, 2011.

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