The Paper Chase

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Episode Guide

  • Season 1
    • The Paper Chase
      9/9/78
      9.8
      James Hart has no idea what he is about to step into, as he enters the class room of the brilliant and tyrannical Professor Kingsfield during his first day of law school.
    • The Man Who Would Be King
      9/19/78
      8.7
      Hart tries his best to impress Kingsfield, but instead, works himself into exhaustion to accomplish it.
    • A Day In The Life Of . . .
      9/26/78
      9.3
      In an effort to find fresh young talent for his law firm, Franklin's father and sister make a trip to the college, causing turmoil and chaos everywhere they go.
    • Great Expectations
      10/3/78
      7.2
      Anderson faces expulsion from law school when falsely accused of breaking into the school dispensary after a wild dorm party.
    • Voices Of Silence
      10/10/78
      8.5
      While taking part in a prison internship help program, Logan helps an imprisoned political activist, and gets fooled by the prisoner he represents.
    • Nancy
      Nancy
      Episode 6
      10/17/78
      9.3
      While dating a girl who appears to be the perfect match, Hart finds out that she is the daughter of a mobster after her father is brutally murdered.
    • Da Da
      Da Da
      Episode 7
      10/31/78
      8.3
      A student's shaky marriage along with Kingfield's heavy handed academic style are staggering to a young man and leads to him going on a drinking binge.
    • The Seating Chart
      11/14/78
      9.7
      Bell feels that his unflattering seating chart picture is the reason that he gets singled out in every class, and plots to change it with or without permission.
    • Moot Court
      Moot Court
      Episode 9
      11/21/78
      9.6
      Raymond Livingston is a disciplined black student, who unfortunately gets coupled with the trouble maker Bell, as they go up against Hart and Logan in the school's annual moot court contest.
    • Kingsfield's Daughter
      11/28/78
      9.0
      Hart has fallen for a beautiful young woman who is also highly knowledgeable about contractual law...and about young male students.
    • The Sorcerer's Apprentice
      12/5/78
      9.5
      Elizabeth Logan has started a campaign to force a justice of the Supreme court to employee female clerks and the on campus womens rights organization has jumped on the cause.
    • Bell And Love
      Bell And Love
      Episode 12
      12/12/78
      8.2
      One of Hart's old girlfriends has left her husband and shows up on his doorstep. He asks Bell to help take care of her and Bell quickly falls in love with Jenny. Meanwhile, Hart gets embroiled in a challenge from Kingsfield to his study group, where the answer seems clearcut but never is.moreless
    • An Act Of Desperation
      12/19/78
      8.5
      Jonathan is desperate to do well on a Kingsfield mid-term and hires someone to steal him a copy of the test. He tricks the rest of his study group into believing that it is an old Kingsfield exam making them accessories to his cheating.
    • Losing Streak
      Losing Streak
      Episode 14
      1/19/79
      7.6
      Anderson develops a gambling problem which not only interferes with his studies and his class work, but also puts his friends in the position of having to help him out, in class and financially.
    • The Man In The Chair
      2/6/79
      8.2
      A wheelchair-bound student joins the study group, goes after Logan, and tries to win a scholarship that Hart is trying to get.
    • A Matter Of Anger
      A Matter Of Anger
      Episode 16
      2/13/79
      9.2
      A black woman full of anger is feeling the increased pressure to perform, having been accepted to the law school through the government program Affirmative Action. Hart reluctantly takes on the job of the woman's tutor.
    • The Apprentice
      The Apprentice
      Episode 17
      2/20/79
      9.3
      While doing research of an appellate case for Kingsfield, Hart uncovers an important legal precedent that was overlooked by a senior student.
    • Once More With Feeling
      2/27/79
      7.5
      When Elizabeth Logan spurns a respected law professor who makes improper advances toward her, she is surprised to see the result is a low class grade.
    • The Clay Footed Idol
      3/20/79
      9.5
      His students find reason to question Professor Kingsfield's ethics while investigating a case he lost after a prominent attorney who once clerked for Kingsfield refuses to help remove doubt about his past methods.
    • The Tables Down At Ernie's
      3/27/79
      9.0
      It looks like Ernie's Tavern is headed for demolition, unless Hart can gather enough support legally to keep that from happening.
    • A Case Of Detente
      A Case Of Detente
      Episode 21
      4/17/79
      6.4
      Hart falls in love with a Russian gymnastic performer, who is visiting the United States. A law professor who is visiting the school tries to address this sticky situation, which is a violation of the strict rules set down by the Soviet government.
    • Scavenger Hunt
      Scavenger Hunt
      Episode 22
      4/24/79
      9.4
      The annual scavenger hunt has started, with Kingsfield giving his law classes only three days to research 100 of the most difficult legal questions and present a response.
  • Season 2
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  • Season 4
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