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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 (58 episodes, 1978-1986)
Tom Fitzsimmons ... Franklin Ford III (57 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)

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 (58 episodes, 1978-1986)
John Jay Osborn Jr. (58 episodes, 1978-1986)
Max Eisenberg (4 episodes, 1979-1985)
Joe S. Landon (4 episodes, 1983-1986)
Lee Kalcheim (4 episodes, 1983-1985)
Paul L. Ehrmann (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
Marshall Goldberg (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
Gordon Hoban (2 episodes, 1978)
David P. Harmon (2 episodes, 1979)
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 (36 episodes, 1983-1986)
Ernest A. Losso .... producer (25 episodes, 1984-1986)
Robert C. Thompson .... executive producer / producer (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
Richard Glassman .... associate producer (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Robert Lewin .... producer (12 episodes, 1978)
Michael Van Himbergen .... associate producer (12 episodes, 1984)
Keith Alexander .... associate producer (10 episodes, 1983-1985)
Albert Aley .... producer (9 episodes, 1979)
Carl Kugel .... associate producer (6 episodes, 1978)
Cleve Landsberg .... producer (6 episodes, 1983)
Steve Ecclesine .... associate producer (4 episodes, 1986)
Series Original Music by
Stephen Seretan (33 episodes, 1978-1984)
Richard Shores (4 episodes, 1978)
Charles Fox (2 episodes, 1978)
Series Cinematography by
Gene A. Talvin (18 episodes, 1983-1984)
John Elsenbach (15 episodes, 1978-1979)
Alfred Taylor (7 episodes, 1978-1984)
Charles F. Wheeler (1 episode, 1978)
Series Film Editing by
Axel Hubert Sr. (14 episodes, 1978-1984)
Art Seid (10 episodes, 1978-1985)
Michael Eliot (8 episodes, 1978-1979)
Rod Stephens (5 episodes, 1984)
Sidney Katz (2 episodes, 1978)
Series Casting by
Joe Scully (12 episodes, 1978)
Sally Powers (8 episodes, 1979)
Jane Feinberg (7 episodes, 1983)
Mike Fenton (7 episodes, 1983)
Valorie Massalas (7 episodes, 1983)
Robert C. Thompson (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Series Art Direction by
Carl Anderson (21 episodes, 1983-1985)
Serge Krizman (19 episodes, 1978-1979)
Steven P. Sardanis (3 episodes, 1978)
Series Set Decoration by
Ethel Robins Richards (19 episodes, 1978-1979)
Travis Nixon (8 episodes, 1984)
James Hassinger (7 episodes, 1983)
Robert C. Furginson (4 episodes, 1984)
Sharon Thomas (2 episodes, 1985)

Rick Simpson (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Marilyn Patricia Phillips .... hair department head (unknown episodes, 1978)
Series Production Management
Mark Evans .... executive production manager (42 episodes, 1978-1985)
Joseph Silver .... post-production supervisor (32 episodes, 1978-1984)
Carl 'Major' Roup .... unit production manager (14 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jack Oliver .... unit production manager (12 episodes, 1984)
Robert Braithwaite .... post-production supervisor (9 episodes, 1984)
Richard Glassman .... unit production manager (7 episodes, 1978)
Joan Carson .... unit production manager (7 episodes, 1983)
Gary LaPoten .... production supervisor (5 episodes, 1986)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Donald White .... first assistant director (19 episodes, 1978-1984)
Babu Subramaniam 'T.R.' .... second assistant director (19 episodes, 1983-1984)
William Cosentino .... second assistant director (14 episodes, 1978-1979)
Ron Kinwald .... first assistant director / second assistant director (14 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jack W. Cash .... first assistant director (6 episodes, 1984)
Carl 'Major' Roup .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1978)
Peter Schindler .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1983)
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
Doug Mathias .... gaffer (19 episodes, 1983-1984)

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
Henry Grethel .... wardrobes designed and furnished by (7 episodes, 1983)

Marion Kirk .... set costumer (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Lionel Newman .... music supervisor (41 episodes, 1978-1984)
Series Transportation Department
James Nordberg .... driver (37 episodes, 1978-1986)
Dean E. Mason .... transportation coordinator (17 episodes, 1985-1986)
Series Other crew
John Jay Osborn Jr. .... program advisor / program consultant (40 episodes, 1978-1984)
Ruth Crego Benson .... technical advisor (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Charles B. Rosenberg .... technical consultant (16 episodes, 1983-1984)
Marvin Kupfer .... executive story consultant / story editor (14 episodes, 1978-1979)
Hilary Baum .... assistant to the producers (12 episodes, 1984)
Judy Merl .... story editor (12 episodes, 1984)
Paul Eric Myers .... story editor (12 episodes, 1984)
Worley Thorne .... executive story consultant (11 episodes, 1978-1979)
Don Carlos Dunaway .... story editor (6 episodes, 1978)
James Menzies .... executive story consultant (4 episodes, 1978)
Joe S. Landon .... story editor (3 episodes, 1983)

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

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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 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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One of the greatest and most underrated television shows of all time., 7 February 2003
Author: pachin

The television show "The Paper Chase" is one of the greatest television shows of all time. That seems like an incredible statement to say about a show that lasted about 2 seconds on commercial television but it was that good. It unfortunately never had a chance to continue because it was placed at the same time spot as one of the hottest shows on television at the time.

Amazingly enough, it got a second chance on the cable network Showtime years after it was cancelled! Because cable allowed the show greater freedom, I actually found the show to be superior to the commercial network version! The show centers around the great actor, John Houseman and James Stephens as the law professor Charles W. Kingsfield and his student James T. Hart but the ensemble cast was also excellent. Tom Fitzsimmons and James Keane were the main supporting characters but it also had major contributions in later years from excellent actors like Jane Kaszmarek, (Malcolm in the Middle) Penny Johnson (24 and The Larry Sanders Show)and Michael Tucci.

The show eventually ran its course on cable and ended with the graduation of the students, 8 years after the show started on commercial television! A show that should be rated with the greatest shows of all time but is largely forgotten today. Just superbly acted with great writing.

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