Private Benjamin


Private Benjamin Information

Private Benjamin is an American sitcom based on the movie of the same name. The show aired on CBS from April 6, 1981, to January 10, 1983. Eileen Brennan, who reprised her role from the film, won an Emmy and Golden Globe Award for her work on the series.

Synopsis

Like the movie, the series is about a spoiled young socialite named Judy Benjamin adjusting to life in the army. She's popular among her fellow enlisted personnel, but not with her superiors. Most of the humor in the series is derived from Benjamin and her friends' attempts to evade the watchful eye of their sergeant.

Although some of the actors from the film play the same characters on the TV show, (notably Eileen Brennan and Hal Williams, in their roles of Captain Doreen Lewis and Sgt. L.C. Ross respectively) the title role is acted by Lorna Patterson instead of Goldie Hawn.

While the series was initially shot on film and featured many outdoor scenes, later episodes were more like a standard sitcom, shot on video on soundstages and complete with a laugh track.

In the fall of 1982, Robert Mandan joined the cast as Colonel Lawrence Fielding, the pompous, well-meaning, but ineffectual, head of the camp. In late 1982, Eileen Brennan was struck by a car and Polly Holliday was brought in as Captain Amanda Allen, intended as a temporary replacement for Brennan's Captain Lewis character, but the show was cancelled shortly thereafter.

Cast and characters

Actor Character
Lorna Patterson Pvt. Judy Benjamin
Eileen Brennan Cpt. Doreen Lewis
Joyce Little Pvt. Rayleen White
Robert Mandan Col. Lawrence Fielding
Ann Ryerson Pvt. Carol Winter
Wendie Jo Sperber Pvt. Stacy Kouchalakas
Lucy Webb Pvt. Luanne Hubble
Hal Williams Sgt. Ted Ross
Lisa Raggio Pvt. Gianelli

Episode titles

Season 1 (1981)

No. Title Airdate
1 Benjamin to the Rescue April 6, 1981
2 Jungle Swamp Survival April 13, 1981
3 Party April 20, 1981
4 Captain's Helper April 27, 1981

Season 2 (1981-1982)

No. Title Airdate
5 Judy's in the Driver's Seat October 12, 1981
6 Judy Got Her Gun October 19, 1981
7 So Long, Sergeant Ross October 26, 1981
8 Give Me Liberty (Part 1) November 2, 1981
9 Give Me Liberty (Part 2) November 9, 1981
10 For the Love of Judy November 16, 1981
11 Bye, Bye Benjamin November 30, 1981
12 Undercover Judy December 7, 1981
13 Gone With the Jeep December 21, 1981
14 A Bath for Benjamin December 28, 1981
15 Man on the Floor January 4, 1982
16 Not for Men Only January 18, 1982
17 Moments to Remember January 25, 1982
18 I Wonder Who's Blackballing Her Now? February 1, 1982
19 Are You Sure Mike Wallace Started Like This? February 8, 1982
20 Beauty and the Brass February 15, 1982
21 When It's Hot, It's Hot March 1, 1982
22 Reds and Blues March 15, 1982
23 Profiles in Courage April 5, 1982
24 S*M*A*S*H April 12, 1982
25 Me, Me, Me April 19, 1982
26 Real World April 26, 1982

Season 3 (1982-1983)

No. Title Airdate
27 Astro-Chimp September 27, 1982
28 Judy's Army October 4, 1982
29 You Ought to be in Pictures October 11, 1982
30 Ross Versus the Robot October 18, 1982
31 Chariots of Ire November 1, 1982
32 The Triangle November 8, 1982
33 Fielding's Crisis November 15, 1982
34 Be All That You Can Be November 22, 1982
35 The Talent Show November 29, 1982
36 Tank's Soldier December 13, 1982
37 Sacred Land December 27, 1982
38 Take My Mother, Please January 3, 1983
39 Judy's Cousin January 10, 1983

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1981 Emmy Award Won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series Eileen Brennan
1982 Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series Eileen Brennan
1983 Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series Eileen Brennan
1982 Golden Globe Award Nominated Best Television Series " Musical or Comedy
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Won Best Actress " Television Series Musical or Comedy Eileen Brennan
1983 Nominated Best Actress " Television Series Musical or Comedy Eileen Brennan
1982 People's Choice Awards Won Favorite New TV Comedy Program
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