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The Paper Chase 

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The trials of a group of law students under the tutelage of a strict professor.






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



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Series cast summary:
 James T. Hart 58 episodes, 1978-1986
Tom Fitzsimmons ...
 Franklin Ford III 58 episodes, 1978-1986
Betty Harford ...
 Mrs. Nottingham / ... 44 episodes, 1978-1986
 Gerald Golden 36 episodes, 1983-1986
Andra Millian ...
 Laura Kiernan 29 episodes, 1984-1986
 Rita Harriman 29 episodes, 1984-1986
 Vivian Conway 29 episodes, 1984-1986


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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 »


Featured in Who Is Norman Lloyd? (2007) See more »


First Years
(Theme Song - 1st season only)
Music by Charles Fox
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Sung by Seals & Crofts
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an intellectual Room 222
15 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

I can say this, I am so glad that I never had John Houseman for a professor when I was in college. Whew! the old guy was really intimidating. It was still an enjoyable "thinking mans" show. Houseman was the one who really made it work. He always stood out like a lion in a roomful of kittens. What is so shocking is that before he won his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for the movie, he had never really acted before. For those of you who are trivia buffs, Houseman was very instrumental in the writing of Citizen Kane. Orson Welles liked to steal all of the credit though. The fact there were different series with different Mister Harts makes it confusing, but still a good show.

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