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

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PAPER CHASE follows Alicia, an ideal-driven, well-meaning, somewhat pretentious New Orleans high school senior ready to reinvent herself at Kensington University. After finding out she ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
John Houseman ...  Professor Charles W. Kingsfield Jr. 58 episodes, 1978-1986
James Stephens ...  James T. Hart 58 episodes, 1978-1986
Tom Fitzsimmons Tom Fitzsimmons ...  Franklin Ford III 58 episodes, 1978-1986
James Keane ...  Willis Bell 58 episodes, 1978-1986
Betty Harford Betty Harford ...  Mrs. Nottingham / ... 44 episodes, 1978-1986
Michael Tucci ...  Gerald Golden 36 episodes, 1983-1986
Andra Millian ...  Laura Kiernan 29 episodes, 1984-1986
Clare Kirkconnell ...  Rita Harriman 29 episodes, 1984-1986
Penny Johnson Jerald ...  Vivian Conway 29 episodes, 1984-1986
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A TV Series about a bunch of Law students, their everyday lives and their effort to make it through Law School. Hart, Ford, Bell and the rest of them have to face Kingsfield, the most feared of professors but they are determined to study hard and eventually get their diploma... Written by Xenophon Tsakanikas <ftpadmin@antigoni.med.auth.gr>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Paper Chase: The Fourth Year See more »

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Runtime:

(57 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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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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First Years
(Theme Song - 1st season only)
Music by Charles Fox
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Sung by Seals & Crofts
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WONDERFUL SERIES..THE CHASE CONTINUED TILL GRADUATION
13 August 1999 | by renfield54See all my reviews

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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