The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
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Graduation 

As Hart and the other 3Ls graduate, Hart learns what others think of him: friend Ford, Professor Tyler, and Kingsfield, who has final lessons to teach Hart. Hart sums up his relationship with Kingsfield in his commencement address.

Director:

Ralph Senensky

Writers:

John Jay Osborn Jr. (based on the novel by), James Bridges (developed for television by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Houseman ... Professor Charles W. Kingsfield Jr.
James Stephens ... James T. Hart
Tom Fitzsimmons ... Franklin Ford III
James Keane ... Willis Bell
Andra Millian ... Laura Kiernan
Michael Tucci ... Gerald Golden
Diana Douglas ... Professor Tyler
Clare Kirkconnell ... Rita Harriman
Peter Nelson ... Tom Ford
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Vivian Conway (as Penny Johnson)
Lainie Kazan ... Rose Samuels
Betty Harford Betty Harford ... Mrs. Nottingham
Robert Knepper ... Howard (as Rob Knepper)
Wortham Krimmer Wortham Krimmer ... Martin Zeiss
Steve Levitt Steve Levitt ... Stotz
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As Hart and the other 3Ls graduate, Hart learns what others think of him: friend Ford, Professor Tyler, and Kingsfield, who has final lessons to teach Hart. Hart sums up his relationship with Kingsfield in his commencement address.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1986 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Last show of the series. See more »

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Graduation approaches...and all sorts of chaos is in the air.
8 June 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

By the way, although the running time is listed at 60 on IMDB, this is a double-length episode.

The original "Paper Chase" television show came out on CBS back in 1978. After a season, the show was canceled. But thanks to the magic of cable television, a few years later, Showtime revived the series. And, finally, in 1986 Hart and his class FINALLY is graduating from law school (a process which usually takes three years). Because of this, the show is a bit sentimental and shows a few clips from previous episodes...but fortunately only a few. Instead of making it a crappy retrospective show, you see the various difficulties the students are experiencing at the end of the year. These include Bell receiving and then losing a job offer, Hart having too many job offers, some first year students dealing with a fascist personality in one of the study groups, a second year student who isn't sure if she wants to complete law school and more. Ultimately, the students do graduate and the show ends.

I liked this episode quite a bit--which is saying a lot since the other four episodes of season four were pretty poor. Overall, very watchable and very satisfying to fans of this wonderful series.


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