Robert Guillaume, the Emmy Award-winning actor best known for playing Benson DuBois in the groundbreaking TV series Soap and its spin-off Benson, has died at the age of 89.
Benson was one of the most successful spin-offs in TV history. In honor of Guillame’s life and career, let’s look back at ten of the most Iconic TV spin-offs of all time.
The Soap spin-off lasted seven seasons and netted Guillaume an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. (His other Emmy win came from his stint on Soap.)
Benson is an American television sitcom which aired from September 13, 1979 to April 19, 1986 on ABC. The series was a spin-off from the soap opera parody Soap (the title character, portrayed by Robert Guillaume, had first appeared on the earlier series as the wise-cracking yet level-headed black butler for the highly dysfunctional Tate family); however, Benson discarded the soap opera format of its parent show in favor of a more conventional sitcom structure.
Frasier had a tough act to follow being a spin-off of Cheers, but it lasted 11 seasons and won a staggering 37 Emmys overall.
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