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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First Years
(Theme Song - 1st season only)
Music by Charles Fox
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Sung by Seals & Crofts
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I was the composer for the whole series
7 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am Stephen Seretan, and I wrote all the music for the series from CBS to Showtime. John Houseman was a joy to work with and a good friend. I miss him.

He was an original. The series was great fun and a dream job for me.

Thanks for all the nice comments.

I would love to see it aired again.

The shows had very little music for each episode, so my job was easy. Does anyone remember the scores to any shows? I would like to know. Film music is supposed to be "not heard" by the audience, but in our show it was prominent. I had several themes going to bind the drama together.


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