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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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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

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English

Release Date:

9 September 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Paper Chase: The Fourth Year See more »

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(57 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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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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(Theme Song - 1st season only)
Music by Charles Fox
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Sung by Seals & Crofts
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fantastic but forgotten
4 June 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This show was a spin-off from the earlier movie starring Timothy Bottoms and John Houseman. This time, instead of Bottoms, the series stars James Stephens and Houseman returns in his role as the incredibly brilliant but scary Professor Kingsfield. The show concerns the growth and experiences of a Mr. Hart in law school and his fellow students.

Originally, the show aired on CBS but was very short-lived. Then, a few years later, Showtime began making more episodes. In both cases, the quality was very high and the show was never dull, but somehow the show has been forgotten and is not available on DVD or video. Should this ever occur, pop my an message so I can buy it ASAP. This show was a real gem and deserves to be remembered and enjoyed.

UPDATE--Season 1 and 2 have been released! Hallelujah!


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