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The Paper Chase is a drama that aired on CBS for one season and Showtime for three seasons.
James T. Hart is a law student from rural Minnesota who enters the intensely competitive environment of Harvard Law School. He has chosen Harvard specifically to study with Professor Charles Kingsfield, the world's leading authority on contract law. Kingsfield inspires both awe and fear in his students in his unremitting determination to prepare them for the practice of law.
To cope with the heavy workload, Hart joins a study group organized by Franklin Ford III. Ford is under intense pressure to succeed. His family has produced an unbroken string of outstanding lawyers going back generations, culminating in his demanding father, the senior partner in a very prestigious Wall Street law firm. The study group includes smooth woman-chaser Thomas Craig Anderson, slob Willis Bell, idealistic activist Elizabeth Logan, and struggling Jonathan Brooks, who is married to Asheley. Of these students, Brooks left Harvard Law School after he was caught cheating.
| Season || Premiere || Finale || #
| Season One || September 7, 1978 || May 15, 1979 || 22
| Season Two || February 22, 1983 || May 15, 1984 || 19
| Season Three || April 19, 1985 || May 14, 1985 || 12
| Season Four || March 28, 1986 || August 9, 1986 || 6