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The trials of a group of law students under the tutelage of a strict professor.

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

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Series cast summary:
...  Professor Charles W. Kingsfield Jr. 58 episodes, 1978-1986
...  James T. Hart 58 episodes, 1978-1986
Tom Fitzsimmons ...  Franklin Ford III 58 episodes, 1978-1986
...  Willis Bell 58 episodes, 1978-1986
Betty Harford ...  Mrs. Nottingham / ... 44 episodes, 1978-1986
...  Gerald Golden 36 episodes, 1983-1986
Andra Millian ...  Laura Kiernan 29 episodes, 1984-1986
...  Rita Harriman 29 episodes, 1984-1986
...  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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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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Harvard Law School was never so much fun.
25 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

This was a most enjoyable series. It was designed for the more intelligent viewer. With rare exception, the characters were sensitive, intelligent and sometimes foolish enough to be totally believable. I taped most of the episodes and enjoy them even today.

Sadly, with John Houseman's passing, there will never be another Prof. Charles Kingsfield, though George C. Scott may have made an interesting one also. This is one I would like to see re-run.

The movie was good, but the series was better. Most can relate better to the real people of the series over the movie.


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