The Paper Chase - Season 1

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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
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Voices Of Silence
    Voices Of Silence
    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
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Great Expectations
    Great Expectations
    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.
  • 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.
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