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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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4   3   2   1  
1986   1985   1984   1983   1979   1978  
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 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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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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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First Years
(Theme Song - 1st season only)
Music by Charles Fox
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Sung by Seals & Crofts
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Excellence in Broadcasting
9 March 2007 | by bpsSee all my reviews

It has been 20 years since broadcast, and it remains a favorite of mine.

The Paper Chase was then called "too good for television", assumedly due to its highly intellectual, fast moving content. The characters were well chosen right from the start. Running from 1983 to 1986 it was to follow a group of students through law school, from the very first day to graduation.

The show was extremely well written. Social interaction, challenge, struggle, and eventual triumph (in most cases) formed the plots. I recall describing this series as "making more points than a rose bush". It would be great to re-air the series, as every topic is just as valid today. John Houseman will be forever irreplaceable.


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