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 (57 episodes, 1978-1986)
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 Willis Bell (49 episodes, 1978-1986)
Betty Harford ...
 Mrs. Nottingham / ... (40 episodes, 1978-1986)
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 Gerald Golden (27 episodes, 1983-1986)
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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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Excellence in Broadcasting
9 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It has been 20 years since broadcast, and it remains a favorite of mine.

The Paper Chase was then called "too good for television", assumedly due to its highly intellectual, fast moving content. The characters were well chosen right from the start. Running from 1983 to 1986 it was to follow a group of students through law school, from the very first day to graduation.

The show was extremely well written. Social interaction, challenge, struggle, and eventual triumph (in most cases) formed the plots. I recall describing this series as "making more points than a rose bush". It would be great to re-air the series, as every topic is just as valid today. John Houseman will be forever irreplaceable.


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