The Paper Chase (1978–1986)

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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 Professor Charles W. Kingsfield Jr. (58 episodes, 1978-1986)
James Stephens ...
 James T. Hart (58 episodes, 1978-1986)
Tom Fitzsimmons ...
 Franklin Ford III (58 episodes, 1978-1986)
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 Willis Bell (54 episodes, 1978-1986)
Betty Harford ...
 Mrs. Nottingham / ... (41 episodes, 1978-1986)
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 Gerald Golden (35 episodes, 1983-1986)
Clare Kirkconnell ...
 Rita Harriman (29 episodes, 1984-1986)
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 Vivian Conway (27 episodes, 1984-1986)
Andra Millian ...
 Laura Kiernan (26 episodes, 1984-1986)
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A TV Series about a bunch of Law students, their everyday lives and their effort to make it through Law School. Hart, Ford, Bell and the rest of them have to face Kingsfield, the most feared of professors but they are determined to study hard and eventually get their diploma... Written by Xenophon Tsakanikas <ftpadmin@antigoni.med.auth.gr>

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9 September 1978 (USA)  »

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The Paper Chase: The Fourth Year  »

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The show lasted only one season on CBS, from 1978 to 1979, and was canceled because of low ratings. The cable channel Showtime revived the series in 1983, where it ran for three years without commercials and was a great success. John Houseman passed away two years after the series went off the air. The first season was released on DVD in April 2009, with Season 2 scheduled to follow in December. See more »

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Referenced in It's Garry Shandling's Show.: Pete's Got a Secret (1988) See more »

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First Years
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Music by Charles Fox
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Sung by Seals & Crofts
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WONDERFUL SERIES..THE CHASE CONTINUED TILL GRADUATION
13 August 1999 | by (NEW JERSEY, USA) – See all my reviews

This was such a great show it was continued as a SHOWTIME cable series. An improvement on the film of the same name, the continuity was seamless and was done expertly and lovingly. The adventures of Mr. Hart and his co-horts was a pleasure to watch. The small screen version so defined the Paper Chase and Harvard Law School that I find the big screen, Timothy Bottoms, version very unsatisfying and dated.

Timothy bottoms is not missed as Mr. Hart, due to the great performance of James Stephens. John Houseman reprising his role of the scholarly, curmudgeon, Professor Kingsfield, provides the link to the original movie that makes the series work. He was exceptional in the role. First feared and hated (by some), he gradually wins you over becoming admired and even loved by those that understand him best (like Hart), providing a near father figure.

An intelligent series for the masses, try to see it in chronological order. ENJOY.........


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