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The Paper Chase: Season 1
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Based on an unforgettable 1973 movie, the series focused on the lives of students struggling through law school at a prestigious university.
The series lasted only one season on CBS with 22 episodes, from 1978 to 1979, and this boxed set from Shout!Factory collects those episodes, which revolves around the students' first year of 'trial' and tribulatios.
PBS reran the series then the cable channel Showtime revived the series in 1983, where it lasted for three more seasons.
The series centered around student James T. Hart, a core cast of fellow-students, and one truly dominant force of nature in the form of a legendary law professor, Charles W. Kingsfield Jr., played beyond iconic perfection by the fabulous John Houseman.
Houseman had starred as Kingsfield in the movie version, then unbelievably reprised the role on the small screen to the delight of his fans. Sadly, Houseman died a year after the Showtime incarnation of the series ended.
Hart, played by James Stephens in the series, and by Timothy Bottoms in the movie, is a hard-working student from Minnesota whose background ill prepares him for the rough and tumble of law school.
Hart is utterly terrified and fascinated by Kingsfield, who challenges his students so vigorously that he has become a legend in his own time, and his classes are both loathed and cherished.
The professor, the undisputed authority on contract law, becomes an unwilling and unknowing mentor to Hart, who decides he will do anything he can to meet and exceed the expectations of the master legal-eagle. By the time the series ends on Showtime, Hart graduates.Read more ›
Based on the novel by John Jay Osborn Jr. The Paper Chase and the motion picture of the book The Paper Chase, the television series far surpasses the quality of its predecessors. It reminds me in some ways of "M*A*S*H," the series, which was far and away better than its original book and movie. Unfortunately, unlike "M*A*S*H," once Showtime finished "The Paper Chase" more than 20 years ago, it has been rarely seen since. It is so well written, so well acted, so compelling and dramatic, that it deserves a chance to find a new audience on DVD.
If you watched it in its day and liked it, please purchase a copy and show the distributor (Shout Factory) that there is a market for the rest of the series.Read more ›
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Great set. Also have Season 2 and am waiting for season Three and Graduation to come out.Published 12 months ago by James M. Lurquin
I am a retired lawyer. Situations were often true-to-life. Brought back law school memories. Supposedly, Houseman's character was based on Professor Clark Byse,, whom I had at... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Bennett I. Bardfeld
Starts a little slow, but becomes very interesting as the series goes on. Well worth watchingPublished 17 months ago by Raymond Herold
I'd been waiting for this DVD release for years and it was worth the wait. Just to see Prof. Kingsfield probing his law students' minds on assorted issues in his Contracts class. Read morePublished 18 months ago by PHILIP A. STAHL