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Day: August 28, 2007

Less talk, more mop: Sassy domestic servants in TV history

Less talk, more mop: Sassy domestic servants in TV history

TV & Radio
Maids. Butlers. Housekeepers. Whatever name they go by, the landscape of TV history is full of memorable ones. But what usually makes them memorable is not their acumen with a broom or their skill with a can of Pledge. No, what we remember them for are being the perfect foils to poke holes in the well-to-do bosses' egos, while providing catharsis for legions of viewers with at least a bit of class envy. Benson DuBois (Soap/Benson) - The urbane and tidy Benson DuBois got his start as a butler on Soap, before moving into the governor's mansion on his own self-titled show in 1979. And let's face it - when the show is named after you, and you are somebody's servant, the wisecracks will surely fly. But after spending six years cleaning up for Governor Gatling (a George W. Bush protot...