The Paper Chase

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CBS (ended 1986)

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The Paper Chase

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Based on the movie, which was based on the novel written by John Jay Osborn, The Paper Chase is a classroom drama about students in an Eastern U.S. Law School (Harvard, although it's precise location isn't mentioned in the series). The two main characters are: Charles W. Kingsfield, a stern and demanding contract law professor; and James T. Hart, a student who idolizes him. The Paper Chase was voted the best new drama of 1978. Although the critics raved, the original series didn't get the viewing numbers that CBS wanted and it was canceled after its first season in 1979. Four years later, the Showtime premium cable channel picked it up and made three new seasons of episodes from 1983 to 1986.
Clare Kirkconnell

Clare Kirkconnell

Rita Harriman (1984-1986)

James Keane

James Keane

Willis Bell

Lainie Kazan

Lainie Kazan

Rose Samuels (1985-1986)

Jane Kaczmarek

Jane Kaczmarek

Connie Lehman (1983-1984)

John Houseman

John Houseman

Professor Charles W. Kingsfield, Jr.

Michael Tucci

Michael Tucci

Gerald Golden (1983-1986)

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  • The Paper Chase was brilliantly written. John Housman's Professor Kingsfield was someone who could be a model for others to follow. It would be beneficial for all of us to "Fill The Room With Our Intelligence" Roger B Baskinmoreless

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    The Paper Chase was literally too good for television. It is not a sleazy television show. Instead, it is a show that was intellectual and encouraged their viewer to think in a critical and analytical manner. The Professor Kingsfield character was outstanding, in no small part as a result of the acting of John Houseman. I always thought of the law as something of a sleazy profession. However, Kingsfield taught me that the law in its purist form is truly a noble profession. He also encouraged me to think. To "Fill The Room With Your Intelligence. Let the walls vibrate with the quality of your mind." It is my favorite all time t.v. show. Roger B Baskinmoreless
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