The Paper Chase (1978–1986)

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1986 | 1985 | 1984 | 1983 | 1979 | 1978
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 (56 episodes, 1978-1986)
Tom Fitzsimmons ...
 Franklin Ford III (56 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 a year 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 The Cinema Snob: The Expendables (2010) See more »

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First Years
(Theme Song - 1st season only)
Music by Charles Fox
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Sung by Seals & Crofts
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Harvard Law School was never so much fun.
25 October 1999 | by (Richmond, Va.) – See all my reviews

This was a most enjoyable series. It was designed for the more intelligent viewer. With rare exception, the characters were sensitive, intelligent and sometimes foolish enough to be totally believable. I taped most of the episodes and enjoy them even today.

Sadly, with John Houseman's passing, there will never be another Prof. Charles Kingsfield, though George C. Scott may have made an interesting one also. This is one I would like to see re-run.

The movie was good, but the series was better. Most can relate better to the real people of the series over the movie.


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