The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
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Potential honors graduates agonize over their final class standing. The job Zeiss wants depends on his graduating with honors. Mrs. Nottingham gets sued. Everyone learns to settle, some with Kingsfield's nudging.

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John Herzfeld

Writers:

John Jay Osborn Jr. (based on the novel by), James Bridges (developed for television by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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John Houseman ... Professor Charles W. Kingsfield Jr.
James Stephens ... James T. Hart
Tom Fitzsimmons Tom Fitzsimmons ... Franklin Ford III
James Keane ... Willis Bell (credit only)
Andra Millian ... Laura Kiernan (credit only)
Michael Tucci ... Gerald Golden
Diana Douglas ... Professor Tyler
Clare Kirkconnell ... Rita Harriman (as Clare Kirkconnel)
Peter Nelson Peter Nelson ... Tom Ford (credit only)
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Vivian Conway (as Penny Johnson) (credit only)
Lainie Kazan ... Rose Samuels (credit only)
Betty Harford Betty Harford ... Mrs. Nottingham
George Coe
Dori Brenner Dori Brenner
Wortham Krimmer Wortham Krimmer ... Martin Zeiss
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Potential honors graduates agonize over their final class standing. The job Zeiss wants depends on his graduating with honors. Mrs. Nottingham gets sued. Everyone learns to settle, some with Kingsfield's nudging.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 1986 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Another sub-par episode as the series limps to the end.
7 June 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

After years of seeing and hearing from Zeiss (Wortham Krimmer) as if he's just another nameless law student on the show, he finally gets his own episode. Now that you get to learn more about him, you realize that he's a bit of a twit! As he nears graduation, he's upset that he's NOT been awarded honors and very, very narrowly missed out. Now considering he's graduating from one of the top law schools and was on Law Review, you'd think he'd be happy enough....but then again, you suppose the insane drive and self-absorption is what got him to this top law school in the first place! After appealing to Kingsfield and getting no where, he decides to take the insane step of suing the law school! Does he even have a prayer? And, if he should win, will he find it's all for nothing and no one would want to hire a 'trouble-maker'?

As far as this episode goes, it isn't a particularly good one. There are a couple strikes against it--you really DON'T care about Zeiss or his predicament and the whole thing seems a bit absurd....imagine, suing a law school! But considering that several of the latter episodes are just terrible, at least it's watchable and reasonably enjoyable. Not exactly a glowing endorsement, I know.


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