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"The Paper Chase" (1978) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1978-1986

The Paper Chase: :  -- Trailer for the home video release of the series based on the movie


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9 September 1978 (USA) See more »
A TV Series about a bunch of Law students, their everyday lives and their effort to make it through Law School... See more »
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 18 nominations See more »
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John Houseman ... 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)

James Keane ... Willis Bell (49 episodes, 1978-1986)
Betty Harford ... Mrs. Nottingham / ... (40 episodes, 1978-1986)

Michael Tucci ... Gerald Golden (27 episodes, 1983-1986)
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Series Directed by
Jack Bender (8 episodes, 1979-1984)
Ralph Senensky (7 episodes, 1985-1986)
Corey Allen (5 episodes, 1983-1984)
Philip Leacock (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Alex March (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Robert C. Thompson (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Lynn Roth (3 episodes, 1984-1986)
Larry Elikann (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Seymour Robbie (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Nick Havinga (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Joseph Pevney (2 episodes, 1983)
John Herzfeld (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Series Writing credits
James Bridges (56 episodes, 1978-1986)
John Jay Osborn Jr. (56 episodes, 1978-1986)
Joe S. Landon (4 episodes, 1983-1986)
Lee Kalcheim (4 episodes, 1983-1985)
Max Eisenberg (3 episodes, 1979-1985)
Paul L. Ehrmann (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
Marvin Kupfer (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Gordon Hoban (2 episodes, 1978)
Jack Bender (2 episodes, 1979-1984)
David P. Harmon (2 episodes, 1979)
Marshall Goldberg (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Judy Merl (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Paul Eric Myers (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Stephen Schneck (2 episodes, 1985-1986)

Series Produced by
Lynn Roth .... executive producer (16 episodes, 1983-1986)
Ernest A. Losso .... producer (16 episodes, 1984-1986)
Steve Ecclesine .... associate producer (4 episodes, 1986)
Keith Alexander .... associate producer (3 episodes, 1985)
Michael Van Himbergen .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1984)

Robert Lewin .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Stephen Seretan (3 episodes, 1984)

Charles Fox (unknown episodes)
Richard Shores (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Gene A. Talvin (3 episodes, 1984)

Alfred Taylor (unknown episodes)
Charles F. Wheeler (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Axel Hubert Sr. (10 episodes, 1979-1984)
Rod Stephens (7 episodes, 1984)
Series Casting by
Sally Powers (1 episode, 1979)

Joe Scully (unknown episodes)
Series Art Direction by
Carl Anderson (2 episodes, 1985)
Series Set Decoration by
Sharon Thomas (2 episodes, 1985)

Rick Simpson (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Marilyn Patricia Phillips .... hair department head (unknown episodes, 1978)
Series Production Management
Carl 'Major' Roup .... unit production manager (13 episodes, 1978-1979)
Gary LaPoten .... production supervisor (5 episodes, 1986)
Mark Evans .... executive in charge of production / executive production manager (2 episodes, 1979-1985)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ron Kinwald .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Carl 'Major' Roup .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 1978)

Babu Subramaniam 'T.R.' .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Al Smutko .... construction coordinator (22 episodes, 1978-1979)

Robert M. Anderson .... property master (unknown episodes)
Michael Casey .... property master (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Steve Cantamessa .... sound recordist (9 episodes, 1978-1979)

Jeremy Hoenack .... supervising sound editor (unknown episodes)
Eileen Horta .... supervising sound editor (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Jean Coulter .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Hood .... electrician (1 episode, 1978)

Doug Mathias .... gaffer (unknown episodes, 1983)
Curtis Foster .... best boy (unknown episodes)
Michael Hofstein .... additional camera operator (unknown episodes)
Bill Sheehan .... film loader (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Jan Glaser .... casting associate (1 episode, 1979)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marion Kirk .... set costumer (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Lionel Newman .... music supervisor (1 episode, 1979)
Series Transportation Department
James Nordberg .... driver (37 episodes, 1978-1986)
Dean E. Mason .... transportation coordinator (17 episodes, 1985-1986)
Series Other crew
Ruth Crego Benson .... technical advisor (1 episode, 1979)
Marvin Kupfer .... executive story consultant (1 episode, 1979)
John Jay Osborn Jr. .... program advisor (1 episode, 1979)

Lisa Hackett .... production coordinator (unknown episodes, 1983-1984)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Paper Chase: The Fourth Year" - USA (fourth season title)
"The Paper Chase: The Graduation Year" - USA (fifth season title)
"The Paper Chase: The Second Year" - USA (second season title)
"The Paper Chase: The Third Year" - USA (third season title)
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60 min (57 episodes)
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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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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Author: gary renfield ( from NEW JERSEY, USA

This was such a great show it was continued as a SHOWTIME cable series. An improvement on the film of the same name, the continuity was seamless and was done expertly and lovingly. The adventures of Mr. Hart and his co-horts was a pleasure to watch. The small screen version so defined the Paper Chase and Harvard Law School that I find the big screen, Timothy Bottoms, version very unsatisfying and dated.

Timothy bottoms is not missed as Mr. Hart, due to the great performance of James Stephens. John Houseman reprising his role of the scholarly, curmudgeon, Professor Kingsfield, provides the link to the original movie that makes the series work. He was exceptional in the role. First feared and hated (by some), he gradually wins you over becoming admired and even loved by those that understand him best (like Hart), providing a near father figure.

An intelligent series for the masses, try to see it in chronological order. ENJOY.........

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