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    • 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 Seating Chart
      The Seating Chart
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      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.
    • Graduation (Part 1)
      Graduation (Part 1)
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      8/9/86
      9.6
      Hart faces graduation and the future looms largely before all of the graduates, as they ponder what lies past the walls of law school.
    • Moot Court
      Moot Court
      Season 1 - 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.
    • The Clay Footed Idol
      The Clay Footed Idol
      Season 1 - Episode 19
      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 Sorcerer's Apprentice
      The Sorcerer's Apprentice
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      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.
    • My Dinner With Kingsfield
      My Dinner With Kingsfield
      Season 2 - Episode 16
      7/24/84
      9.4
      Hart's day is hard enough as it is after his car gets stuck in a moat but gets even harder as he unexpectedly becomes Kingfield's dinner guest.
    • Scavenger Hunt
      Scavenger Hunt
      Season 1 - 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.
    • A Day In The Life Of . . .
      A Day In The Life Of . . .
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      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.
    • Nancy
      Nancy
      Season 1 - 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.
    • The Apprentice
      The Apprentice
      Season 1 - 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.
    • A Matter Of Anger
      A Matter Of Anger
      Season 1 - 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.
    • Limits
      Limits
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      6/26/84
      9.2
      Ford tries to stop the efforts of trial law students who want to force the retirement of a professor they suspect to be going senile.
    • The Tables Down At Ernie's
      The Tables Down At Ernie's
      Season 1 - Episode 20
      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.
    • Kingsfield's Daughter
      Kingsfield's Daughter
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      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 Man Who Would Be King
      The Man Who Would Be King
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      9/19/78
      8.7
      Hart tries his best to impress Kingsfield, but instead, works himself into exhaustion to accomplish it.
    • Free Advice
      Free Advice
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      6/25/85
      8.5
      Ford's younger brother, new to law school, gives some innocent legal advise to an auto mechanic and gets himself in big trouble for doing so.
    • Voices Of Silence
      Voices Of Silence
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      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.
    • An Act Of Desperation
      An Act Of Desperation
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      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.
    • Snow
      Snow
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      11/15/83
      8.4
      Hart is in trouble after he looses one of Kingfield's briefs within the school's computer system. So he goes off in search of a computer student who can find the paper for him before Kingfield discovers it's missing.
    • Birthday Party
      Birthday Party
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      5/15/83
      8.4
      Hart discovers political justice maneuvering around Kingsfield's appointment as Supreme Court justice.
    • Spreading It Thin
      Spreading It Thin
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      6/15/83
      8.3
      Hart puts his own career in jeopardy when he shares his suspicions of plagiary concerning a popular law professor.
    • Burden Of Proof
      Burden Of Proof
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      6/12/84
      8.3
      Hart is assigned to defend a man suspected of robbery who may turn out to be the same guy who mugged Professor Kingsfield.
    • Da Da
      Da Da
      Season 1 - 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.
    • Bell And Love
      Bell And Love
      Season 1 - 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
    • The Man In The Chair
      The Man In The Chair
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      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.
    • Mrs. Hart
      Mrs. Hart
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      5/22/84
      8.0
      Hart has to decide whether to stay in law school or leave, after his girlfriend receives a scholarship in England and asks him to go with her.
    • Decisions (Part 1)
      Decisions (Part 1)
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      5/11/85
      8.0
      Decisions are forks in the road where we must choose one way or the other, and will ultimately affect the path we or someone else will take. Golden must now choose who will be his successor as president of the Law review. Frank's younger brother must make a decision on where he will go to law school. And the former head of the SEC must decide if she wants to pursue the career of professor at the university.moreless
    • Pressure
      Pressure
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      7/9/85
      8.0
      Ford defends a student who punched out a professor as he goes before the university's disciplinary committee.
    • The Day Kingsfield Missed Class
      The Day Kingsfield Missed Class
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      7/23/85
      7.8
      Kingsfield stays away from campus for an entire day to teach his students to cope with problems in his absence. He also wants to teach his class an important lesson regarding different ways of fulfilling a contract.
    • Outline Fever
      Outline Fever
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      4/15/83
      7.8
    • Lasting Impressions
      Lasting Impressions
      Season 3 - Episode 12
      9/10/85
      7.7
      Golden defends an anti-semitic client in a libel suit while a popular janitor is anxious for his retirement but later changes his mind and decides he greatly misses the students and faculty of the university.
    • Hart Goes Home
      Hart Goes Home
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      7/10/84
      7.7
      Hart goes back home to attend his sister's wedding, only to realize that he no longer feels part of his old life, and that he actually feels more comfortable at school, telling Ford on his return that for the first time, he feels like he belongs there.
    • The Advocates
      The Advocates
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      8/7/84
      7.6
      It's the beginning of a new age at the college and Rita jumps right into the flow, enrolling in the controversial computer skills class which uses video technology to teach it's students.
    • Losing Streak
      Losing Streak
      Season 1 - 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.
    • Once More With Feeling
      Once More With Feeling
      Season 1 - Episode 18
      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.
    • Honor
      Honor
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      7/8/86
      7.4
      Ziess is so upset over not graduating with honors that he goes and files a lawsuit against the law school over its grading procedures.
    • Laura's Struggle
      Laura's Struggle
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      7/2/85
      7.4
      In order to cope with the increasing pressure of law school, Laura begins taking pills, only to become dependent on them. She gets to a point of desperation and admits that she has a problems and asks others for help.
    • Graduation (Part 2)
      Graduation (Part 2)
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      8/9/86
      7.3
      The future looms largely before all of the graduates, as they ponder what lies past the walls of the law school.
    • Billy Pierce
      Billy Pierce
      Season 2 - Episode 19
      8/21/84
      7.3
      After he and a student who is also a professional athlete have been accused of cheating in school, Bell sets out to clear both of their names of the false charges.
    • Tempest In A Pothole
      Tempest In A Pothole
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      5/29/84
      7.3
      After Bell suffers a serious bicycle accident on city property, he figures he'll sue the city, only to end up in a face off with a clever city attorney.
    • The Big D
      The Big D
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      7/16/85
      7.2
      Rose's husband has filed papers for a divorce. The law students band together to assist her in representing herself in the proceedings.
    • Great Expectations
      Great Expectations
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      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.
    • Judgment Day (aka Tenure)
      Judgment Day (aka Tenure)
      Season 2 - Episode 15
      7/17/84
      7.0
      Golden steps in to assist a law professor win his tenure at the school.
    • The Choice
      The Choice
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      8/13/85
      7.0
      Ford's girlfriend discovers that she is pregnant and that he may get left out of the decision on what choice she will make regarding the baby.
    • Commitments
      Commitments
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      9/15/83
      7.0
      Hart faces important decisions that he must soon make, concerning law school, his relationship with Connie, and an affair with another woman.
    • The Source
      The Source
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      8/6/85
      7.0
      A former law student comes forward with information about a sitting justice, accusing him of voting a certain way in return for his appointment.
    • Cinderella
      Cinderella
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      7/15/83
      6.6
      One of the law students, who is trying to become an attorney to better her future, turns out to be a single mother, and her situation touches her fellow students.
    • Plague of Locusts
      Plague of Locusts
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      10/15/83
      6.6
      Hart faces an interesting dilemma having to choose between ideology and prestige after two very different law firms each offer him a position for the upcoming summer break.
    • War Of The Wonks (aka Machine)
      War Of The Wonks (aka Machine)
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      6/19/84
      6.6
      Engineering and law students face off after a fight over a parking space.
    • Decisions (Part 2)
      Decisions (Part 2)
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      5/11/85
      6.6
      Hart has been chosen as president of the Law Review and now must oversee the publication of his first review, which proves to be a struggle. The work pays off when Kingsfield expresses his pleasure with his effort. Meanwhile, Ford is trying to adjust to the idea that his younger brother is now attending the same law school.moreless
    • It's Only a Show
      It's Only a Show
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      8/20/85
      6.6
      Bell coordinates performances by various law students, only Bell's own skit is an unflattering impersonation of Professor Kingsfield.
    • A Case Of Detente
      A Case Of Detente
      Season 1 - 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.
    • Labor Of Love
      Labor Of Love
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      6/5/84
      6.3
      Hart is in love again, but his new relationship soon faces a test when Professor Kingsfield suddenly assigns him a ton of extra work.
    • Security
      Security
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      9/3/85
      6.3
      Hart and Professor Kingsfield decide to assist an alum of the university who finds himself in a bureaucratic battle over Medicare benefits.
    • Suppressed Desires
      Suppressed Desires
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      7/15/86
      6.1
      Laura is having second thoughts about becoming a lawyer. An art contest reawakens her interest in that area. The law students have a 'suppressed desires' party where everyone dresses up in a costume depicting what they really wanted to be in life.
    • Not Prince Hamlet (aka Rashomon)
      Not Prince Hamlet (aka Rashomon)
      Season 2 - Episode 18
      8/14/84
      6.1
      Hart, Bell, and Fitzsimmons agree to meet and talk with the father of a student who recently took their own life.
    • A Wounded Hart
      A Wounded Hart
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      6/24/86
      6.0
      Hart has a fling with Harriman but he becomes agitated when he discovers that the encounter meant more to him than it did to her.
    • Mistaken Identity
      Mistaken Identity
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      7/1/86
      5.8
      Ford is falsely arrested and spends three days in jail before finally being released. The experience makes him question whether he wants to be a lawyer and part of what he sees as an unjust system.
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