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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 / 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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Chicago PBS station WTTW bought the rights to air season one episodes over a year after the series ended on CBS. The program aired on numerous PBS stations between 1980 and 1982. The revival was such a success, the Showtime cable network aired new episodes from 1983 to 1986.See more »
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
the best show on television, 22 December 2005
Author: thespian57 from United States

Recipe for success. Put a bunch of graduate students from all levels of experience and schooling together in one place under one tough teacher, mix well, and cook thoroughly for 4 years. This concept worked better as a TV series than it did as a movie. Though the movie focused more on Hart and Susan, Kingsfields daughter, I found myself wondering more about the other students. Thanks to this well written and acted program, I found out more about o'Connor, and Ford, Bell, and the rest.

This television show first aired opposite the "Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley" hour, a death knell for any television show of that era. It moved to Friday nights in the grave yard and there it sat until Showtime picked it up and ran with it. Easily my favorite television show of all time. The writing was consistently excellent as was the ensemble acting. My only complaint was that in some ways it was predictable. We all knew that Hart was going to be at the top of his class. The guest players (Connie Lehman, among others) moved in and out with credibility. The message to this show is that no one makes it through school alone. I am in Seminary now and have made use of the "study group" as used in this show.

The comic relief (from Stots, and Zeiss, and Willis Bell) offset the drama quite nicely. This show just goes to show what a bunch of relative unknowns can do with quality material. (remember cheers, and taxi?.and particularly M*A*S*H?..yes those are comedies, but the rule holds.... ). I hope this show comes out on DVD sometime soon. I recorded most of the first season and some of the outstanding subsequent episodes on Showtime.

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