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30 minutes

Butler Benson carries his mordant wit over to a new job in this `Soap' spin-off, working for a widowed governor with a precocious daughter. The sitcom ran for seven seasons. Robert Guillaume was nominated for an Emmy in five of them and won for the 1984-85 season. He also won a Supporting Emmy in the role in `Soap' the season before `Benson' debuted. In the 1980-81 season, Jerry Seinfeld was featured in some episodes as Frankie.
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Feb 25, 2017 1:19AM EST
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It was a nice way to spend 30 minutes. Ended on a cliffhanger. Wiki didn't really clear up the mystery, giving 2 different possible outcomes.

In 2007, Benson show runner Bob Fraser said that the season ended on a cliffhanger at the request of the network. The show was cancelled after the cliffhanger had aired. Fraser indicated that, had the show continued, Gatling would have won the election and Benson would have become a senator.

According to Gary Brown, who directed the finale and 20 other episodes of Benson, 3 outcomes were filmed, with Benson winning, Gatling winning and a tie. The intent was to decide over summer break which outcome to use. Brown also stated that, regardless of the outcome, the long-term intent for the next season was for Benson to become the governor.

It was a nice way to spend 30 minutes. Ended on a cliffhanger. Wiki didn't really clear up the mystery, giving 2 different possible outcomes.

In 2007, Benson show runner Bob Fraser said that the season ended on a cliffhanger at the request of the network. The show was cancelled after the cliffhanger had aired. Fraser indicated that, had the show continued, Gatling would have won the election and Benson would have become a senator.

According to Gary Brown, who directed the finale and 20 other episodes of Benson, 3 outcomes were filmed, with Benson winning, Gatling winning and a tie. The intent was to decide over summer break which outcome to use. Brown also stated that, regardless of the outcome, the long-term intent for the next season was for Benson to become the governor.

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Dec 10, 2014 9:24PM EST
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A great show.

A great show.