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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
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
Henry Grethel .... wardrobes designed and furnished by / wardrobes designed and furnished (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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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A law school drama and a series dearly missed., 6 September 2001
Author: Leo Collins ( from USA

Overall it was consistently good. The early episode where Hart was shrouded was a very strong one and quite original. Dream sequences added a unique touch to numerous episodes. A number of stories stand out: saving Ernie's, The Day Kingsfield Missed Class, Scavenger Hunt, Moot Court and the Law Show. They are still a joy to watch. I have not seen anything close in years. Although scholastic to a degree it also had touches of humor. How could any one not enjoy the story of Bell's picture and being locked in the closet? The cast was a strong on with John Houseman being excellent. Thought of as a tyrant ('Your idol is just a mean old man') he let slip smiles, which gave glimpses into his inner soul. His effort in aiding the students save Ernie's was a wonderful thing to see. James Stephens was a great asset, but Bell, Ford among other characters were not only enjoyable but grew through the years. I taught for many years and in some ways the greatest compliment I ever had was hearing one student remark to a friend: "Another Kingsfield" With all the shows being restored it stuns me that the Paper Chase has not been re-released. The show spans generations too. I was surprised to find that my eleven-year-old loves the show possibly as much as my wife & myself.

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