TV review by Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
Benson Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 10+

Classic '80s sitcom about political housekeeping.

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

No reviews yet.

Add your rating

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 8+

one of TV's best sitcoms

Benson is generally an excellent and funny show. Unlike the parent show Soap it spun off from, almost all of the episodes are family friendly. The two exceptions are the episode where they end up in a bordello and the episode where Benson inherits a dirty magazine company. While season 1 was good, seasons 2-5 are top notch with the addition of recently deceased Rene Auberjonois as Clayton Endicott III. He takes over the role Taylor played in season 1, but more interesting. Benson, Kraus, and dim witted but gentle Governor Gatling are fantastic characters. Seasons 6 and 7 are not as good when the governor becomes meaner after Benson becomes lieutenant governor.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

TV Details

Our Editors Recommend

  • The Golden Girls Poster Image

    The Golden Girls

    Funny senior housemates crack wise; teens and up.

    age 13+
  • Spin City Poster Image

    Spin City

    Comedy with a political spin for teens and up.

    age 14+
  • Who's the Boss? Poster Image

    Who's the Boss?

    Classic '80s sitcom about a blended family.

    age 8+

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate