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 ... See full summary »

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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 (55 episodes, 1978-1986)
Betty Harford ...
 Mrs. Nottingham / ... (43 episodes, 1978-1986)
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 Gerald Golden (36 episodes, 1983-1986)
Clare Kirkconnell ...
 Rita Harriman (29 episodes, 1984-1986)
Andra Millian ...
 Laura Kiernan (27 episodes, 1984-1986)
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 Vivian Conway (27 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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Featured in Who Is Norman Lloyd? (2007) 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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Brings back memories
9 September 2010 | by (Texas, United States) – See all my reviews

I remember this series for a bit of a quirky reason. I was a law student (SMU in Dallas) and entered in the Fall of 1983, the same year Showtime picked this up and ran it. Because of that timing, "Hart" and gang were progressing through law school at the same time as me and my classmates, so we would get together after episodes and critique! I liked the show and it was fairly reflective of law school reality and life. (Not to pick nits, but one area was pretty far off - the law review "office." I wasn't on law review, but certainly friends were and the show portrayed it as like a major metropolitan daily newspaper! It was the opposite end of that spectrum, in reality! The law reviews come out about 3 times a year and students spend their time in the library "cite checking" not running into the law review offices to "beat the presses"! But I digress . . .) I do think the movie was certainly more powerful, and I pull that out about once every 3 or 4 years, but the images bring back some not too pleasant memories! Anyway, I would like to get a copy of the complete series somewhere, but can only find the first two seasons online. Any suggestions??


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