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Series regulars or semi-regulars in 'Private Benjamin' in the 1970s:



1970s Episode Guide for 'Private Benjamin':


(Episodes with dates prior to 1970 aired as reruns during the '70s.)

April 6, 1981: Benjamin To The Rescue
Season 1, episode 1
W: Don Reo   D: Bob Sweeney

With Charles Napier (Trustmore), Lawrence Benedict (Weapons Instructor), Joan Roberts (Pvt. Barbara Ann Glass), Joyce Little (Pvt. Rayleen White).
New comedy series with Lorna Patterson in the role of a New York society girl trying to cope with military life. Eileen Brennan and Hal Williams reprise their roles from the feature film. In the opening episode, fearing that Pvt. Benjamin will make the troops look bad during General Trustmore's visit, Capt. Lewis tries unsuccessfully to keep her out of sight.

April 13, 1981: Jungle Swamp Survival
Season 1, episode 2
W: Don Reo   D: Bob Sweeney

With Norman Bartold (Colonel), Chris Mulkey (Glickman), Joan Roberts (Pvt. Barbara Ann Glass), Joyce Little (Pvt. Rayleen White).
During their jungle survival course, an arduous ordeal for even the most hardened soldier, Private Benjamin and the girls capture an A.W.O.L. soldier and return to the base as heroines.

April 20, 1981: Party
Season 1, episode 3
W: Paul Hunter   D: Bob Sweeney

With Joan Roberts (Pvt. Barbara Ann Glass), Joyce Little (Pvt. Rayleen White).
Private Benjamin decides she's going to throw a party in an attempt to rekindle the embers of love between Capt. Lewis and her old flame Capt. Braddock.

April 27, 1981: Captain's Helper
Season 1, episode 4
W: Judith D. Allison   D: Bob Sweeney

With Craig T. Nelson (Capt. Braddock), Joan Roberts (Pvt. Barbara Ann Glass), Joyce Little (Pvt. Rayleen White).
Captain Lewis can barely cope when an experimental aide program is launched in the outfit and she finds herself with Private Benjamin as her personal aide for three days.





October 12, 1981: Judy's In The Driver's Seat
Season 2, episode 1
W: Garry Ferrier, Aubrey Tadman   D: Marc Daniels

With Francesca P. Roberts (Pvt. Harriet Dorsey), Robert Rockwell (Gen. Grummond), Lou Richards (Helicopter Pilot), Tom Kindle (Motor Sgt.), Brad Gorman (Mechanic).
Captain Lewis promotes Private Benajmin to squad leader.

October 19, 1981: Judy Got Her Gun
Season 2, episode 2
W: Bob Illes, James R. Stein   D: Marc Daniels

With Francesca P. Roberts (Pvt. Harriet Dorsey), Jordan Charney (Capt. Hookstratten).
Capt. Lewis bets that her group will beat Capt. Hoots' group at the shooting range. But when her star shooter goes missing, Capt. Lewis risks losing the bet and Judy plays psychologist to get the ace shooter back.

October 26, 1981: So Long, Sergeant Ross
Season 2, episode 3
W: Garry Ferrier, Aubrey Tadman   D: Bruce Bilson

With Jerry Stiller (Sgt. Muldoon), Robert Rockwell (Gen. Grummond).
Pvt. Benjamin and Capt. Lewis try to persuade Sgt. Ross to reenlist after he is offered a new career.

November 2, 1981: Give Me Liberty (1)
Season 2, episode 4
W: Michael Weinberger   D: Howard Morris

With Arthur Peterson (Old Man), Greg Zadikov (Joey), Jerry Hausner, Elvia Allman (Woman).
Private Benjamin's unit gets its first pass and Gianelli refuses to go back after finding the man of her dreams during her 3 hours of liberty.

November 9, 1981: Give Me Liberty (2)
Season 2, episode 5
W: Michael Weinberger   D: Howard Morris

With Doug Cox (Dixon), Greg Zadikov (Joey), Jerry Hausner, Michael Alldredge (Sgt. Connors).
Private Benjamin tries to get Gianelli back to the base but she refuses to leave her new found love.

November 16, 1981: For The Love Of Judy
Season 2, episode 6
W: Simon Muntner   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Robert Pierce (Ralph), Ken Hixon (Sgt. Perry).
Private Benjamin discovers that she has a secret admirer -- Ralph the baker -- after he mistakenly treats Captain Lewis to a midnight serenade.

November 30, 1981: Bye, Bye Benjamin
Season 2, episode 7
W: Bob Illes, James R. Stein   D: Marc Daniels

With William Daniels (Teddy), Barbara Barrie (Harriet Benjamin).
Benjamin's parents have a plan to get Judy out of the Army. Col. Lewis is only too happy to oblige.

December 7, 1981: Undercover Judy
Season 2, episode 8
W: Leonard B. Kaufman   D: William Asher

With Ron Masak (Sgt. Bender), Tony Longo (Reno).
Pvt. Benjamin goes undercover and rigs a poker game in order to win back Pvt. Sims' IOU from a loan-sharking sergeant.

December 21, 1981: Gone With The Jeep
Season 2, episode 9
W: Max Katz, Toni Wunsch   D: William Asher

With Robert Ayers.
Capt. Lewis' life is in Pvt. Benjamin's hands when their jeep crashes in the middle of the desert.

December 28, 1981: A Bath For Benjamin
Season 2, episode 10
W: Marc Tuttle   D: Marc Daniels

With Richard Balin (Driver), Kenneth Mars (Capt. Stoker).
Capt. Lewis has a bath delivered to her quarters, which Private Benjamin takes advantage of while the captain is away.

January 4, 1982: Man On The Floor
Season 2, episode 11
W: Marc Tuttle   D: Marc Daniels

With Leo Burmester (Weldon), Huck Liggett (CQ).
Pvt. Hubble's boyfriend comes to visit and hides out in the girls' room.

January 18, 1982: Not For Men Only
Season 2, episode 12
W: Bob Illes, James R. Stein   D: Gabrielle Beaumont

With Rex Ryon (M.P.), Thom Bray (Dobkins), Robert Rockwell (Gen. Grummond), Kate Zentall (Woman Sgt.).
When Pvt. Winter is refused an assignment to a specialist squad because she is a woman, Pvt. Benjamin takes issue with it.

January 25, 1982: Moment To Remember
Season 2, episode 13
W: Nick Arnold   D: Bruce Bilson

With Lawrence Benedict (Instructor), Don Bovingloh (Instructor), Robert Rockwell (Gen. Grummond).
Capt. Lewis is relieved as the end of boot camp draws near because she'll be promoted, transferred, and away from Pvt. Benjamin forever.

February 1, 1982: I Wonder Who's Blackballing Her Now?
Season 2, episode 14
W: Hank Bradford   D: Gabrielle Beaumont

With Arlen Dean Snyder (Major Knapp), Don Calfa (Laszlo Bovitch), Joel Brooks (Lt. Billy Dean).
Capt. Lewis's promotion depends on her success in defusing an unexploded shell that crashed into a civilian's house.

February 8, 1982: Are You Sure Mike Wallace Started Like This?
Season 2, episode 15
W: Nick Arnold   D: Bruce Bilson

With Michael Fairman (Col. Cooper), Joel Brooks (Lt. Billy Dean), Peter Hobbs (Cunningham).
The troops at Fort Bradley are ordered to stonewall a reporter.

February 15, 1982: Beauty And The Brass
Season 2, episode 16
W: Nick Arnold   D: Bill D'Angelo

With Rebecca Holden (Vicky Sanders), Don Dolan (Sgt. Donahy), Joel Brooks (Lt. Billy Dean), Ernie Lively (Schmidt), Lewis Arquette (Salesman).
Sims is arrested for stealing gas; the colonel is accused of sexual harassment by a beautiful private.

March 1, 1982: When It's Hot, It's Hot
Season 2, episode 17
W: Eric Cohen   D: William Asher

With Bob Ari (Cabbie), Jerry Hausner (Otis), Graham Jarvis (Dombey), June Whitley Taylor (Woman), Twink Caplan (Pregnant Girl), Rob Monroe (Man), Joel Brooks (Lt. Billy Dean), Keene Curtis (Major Drell).
No one believes Benjamin saw a missile smuggled onto the base.

March 15, 1982: Reds And Blues
Season 2, episode 18
W: Hank Bradford   D: Gabrielle Beaumont

With Arthur Peterson (Benjamin Benjamin), Greg Monaghan (Blue Squad Leader), Craig T. Nelson (Col. Hogan), Joel Brooks (Lt. Billy Dean), Frederic George (Aide), Randal Patrick (G.I.).
Benjamin's grandfather comes to visit and is captured as a spy during war games.

April 5, 1982: Profiles In Courage
Season 2, episode 19
W: Eric Cohen   D: Gabrielle Beaumont

With Dana Kimmell (Bridget), Woody Eney (Melman).
The Army kidnaps Capt. Lewis to test her reaction to being held hostage.

April 12, 1982: S*M*A*S*H
Season 2, episode 20
W: Nick Arnold   D: William Asher

With Neil Thompson (Capt. Miller), Ric Mancini (Anton), Joel Brooks (Lt. Billy Dean), Harris Kal (Delivery Man), Brian O'Brien (Bartender).
Capt. Lewis poses as a cocktail waitress at a bar where soldiers are being fleeced.

April 19, 1982: Me, Me, Me
Season 2, episode 21
W: Eric Cohen, Nick Arnold   D: Gabrielle Beaumont

With John Larch (Gen. Wrangleman), Tim Thomerson (Einhorn), Joel Brooks (Lt. Billy Dean), William Schilling (Plumber), Conrad Dunn (Ticket Taker).
The influence of a self-assertiveness guru hinders preparation for a general's inspection when Capt. Lewis becomes averse to taking orders.

April 26, 1982: Real World
Season 2, episode 22
W: Nick Arnold, Eric Cohen   D: Alan Myerson

With Peter Scranton (Lieutenant), Julius Carry (Clerk), Robert Alda (Kleindienst), Joel Brooks (Lt. Billy Dean), Stephen Lee (Butcher), Wayne Morton (Manager).
Judy bluffs Capt. Lewis and Col. Fielding into attending a weekend seminar for career soldiers who are preparing for retirement.





September 27, 1982: Astro-Chimp
Season 3, episode 1
W: Bob Brunner, Ken Hecht   D: Leslie H. Martinson

With John Randolph (Gen. Norris), Phillip R. Allen (Bruce).
An astro-chimpanzee is brought to the base, and Judy learns the next stop for it is an experimental lab. Judy attempts to save the chimpanzee's life, but almost finds herself court-martialed.

October 4, 1982: Judy's Army
Season 3, episode 2
W: Laura Levine   D: Alan Cooke

With Roxanne Reese (Soldier), Dennis Breckner (Bodybuilder), Craig T. Nelson (Col. Hogan), Sandy Simpson (Soldier), Noelle North (Soldier).
Private Benjamin, by computer error, is promoted to major, then general, over Colonel Fielding. Meanwhile, war games are in progress and Fielding is prepared to surrender his troops, but Benjamin has a plan.

October 11, 1982: You Ought To Be In Pictures
Season 3, episode 3
W: Arnold Kane   D: Bruce Bilson

With Dick Shawn (Drysdale).
A famous Hollywood director arrives at Ft. Bradley to direct a women's recruiting film, and Captain Lewis is determined to be the film's star.

October 18, 1982: Ross vs. The Robot
Season 3, episode 4
W: Lynne Kelsey, Kenny Rich   D: Gabrielle Beaumont

With Tom McLoughlin (Igor), Cliff Norton (Gen. Stone).
When a robot is brought to the base for combat testing, Sgt. Major Ross fears this automation will put an end to his career.

November 1, 1982: Chariots Of Ire
Season 3, episode 5
W: Lynne Kelsey, Kenny Rich   D: Alan Bergmann

With Brianne Leary (Jane), John Randolph (Gen. Norris).
When Colonel Fielding learns that a general's daughter, who hates to lose, is competing against Ft. Bradley in the upcoming track meet, he orders Capt. Lewis to ensure her win. To guarantee the girl's victory, Lewis convinces Pvt. Judy Benjamin to enter the race.

November 8, 1982: The Triangle
Season 3, episode 6
W: Arnold Margolin   D: Alan Cooke

With Louis Welch (Larry).
Judy's and Stacy's friendship is almost destroyed when Stacy thinks Judy has stolen her boyfriend.

November 15, 1982: Fielding's Crisis
Season 3, episode 7
W: Mara Lideks   D: Alan Bergmann

With Michael DeLano (Vinnie), Ray Duke (Mugger), George Fisher (Thug).
After Col. "Iron Man" Fielding is mugged and does not defend himself, he feels he is unfit to be a leader and decides to retire.

November 22, 1982: Be All That You Can Be
Season 3, episode 8
W: Vic Rauseo, Linda Morris   D: Tony Mordente

With Ned Bellamy (Doctor).
Private Benjamin wants to prove to Major Allan that she is a good soldier, and almost dies doing so.

November 29, 1982: The Talent Show
Season 3, episode 9
W: Bob Brunner, Ken Hecht   D: Tony Mordente

With Penina Segall (Karen), Corky Pigeon (Tommy).
When Ft. Bradley holds its annual talent show for the children of a local orphanage, Captain Lewis becomes emotionally involved with a little boy who hasn't spoken since becoming an orphan.

December 13, 1982: Tank's Soldier
Season 3, episode 10
W: Vic Rauseo, Linda Morris   D: Leslie H. Martinson

With Steven Peterman (Vilos), Virginia Wing (Mrs. Lee), Marla Pennington (Harmony), Alvin Ing (Mr. Lee).
When a soldier saves Captain Lewis' life, Pvt. Benjamin persuades Colonel Fielding to publicize this act of heroism, only to find out the soldier is an illegal alien who has become a squatter on the base.

December 27, 1982: Sacred Land
Season 3, episode 11
W: Laura Levine   D: Alan Cooke

With Paula Russell (Mary), Ray Tracey (Kevin), Henry Wilcoxon (Chief Charlie).
An Indian tribe declares that part of the base where a gymnasium is being constructed is their sacred burial ground. Colonel Fielding refuses to stop construction, and Pvt. Benjamin comes to the rescue.


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