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TV Shows - Private Benjamin

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) the title role is acted by Lorna Patterson instead of Goldie Hawn. While the series was initially shot on film and featured may outdoor scenes, later episodes were more like a standard sitcom, shot on video on soundstages and complete with a laughtrack. In the fall of 1982, Robert Mandan joined the cast as Colonel Lawrence Fielding. 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.

Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Private_Benjamin_(TV_series)
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1 Lorna Patterson was and is gorgeous! -- Submitted By: (bipinbarr) on August 21, 2014, 3:46 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 I thought the movie was overrated and never watched the tv show. The moive's one redeeming quality was Goldie Hawn and without her... -- Submitted By: (lrbloom) on December 2, 2010, 5:50 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 I actually liked this one but got disappointed when Sgt. Lewis was increasingly shown to be as incompetent as the higher-ups she was having to fight. I liked the idea of ONE person trying to organize a bunch of slackers and layabouts into trying to remotely follow protocol despite a lack of real support from their own higher-ups but then when they made Sgt. Lewis more of a dolt and even hinted at a possible fling with HER superior, it just didn't wash. Of course, the show was over even though the producers didn't want to admit it when Eileen Brennan got badly injured and unable to play Sgt. Lewis any more. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on September 15, 2010, 5:45 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 Never found the show to be all that funny, but my dad would crack me up by noting the striking resemblance between Eilenn Brennan and Senor Wences' hand. -- Submitted By: (elainewood) on September 8, 2010, 3:43 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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