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1. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Episode: My Dinner with Kingsfield (1984)

60 min | Drama

9.8
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A snowstorm strands Kingsfield on his way to the airport. When he knocks on the nearest door to use the phone, it is Hart's apartment. When they learn the airport is closed, Kingsfield ... See full summary »

Director: Corey Allen | Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, James Keane

Votes: 10

2. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Episode: Graduation (1986)

Drama

9.6
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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.

Director: Ralph Senensky | Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, James Keane

Votes: 8

3. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Episode: Decisions: Part 1 (1985)

60 min | Drama

9.4
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Although part of "The Third Year" this episode takes as Hart's second year of law school winds down. Golden is interviewing for a clerkship at the Supreme Court but I struggling to get on ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Senensky | Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, James Keane

Votes: 7

4. The Great Adventure (1963–1964)
Episode: The Hunley (1963)

60 min | Drama

9.4
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During the Civil War, an engineer working for the Confederacy develops a primitive submarine that can evade the Union ships blockading Southern ports.

Director: Paul Stanley | Stars: Jackie Cooper, Chuck Courtney, Gene Evans, Van Heflin

Votes: 9

5. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Episode: Birthday Party (1983)

60 min | Drama

9.3
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Hart and the others want to do something special to mark Professor Kingsfield's 80th birthday, against the advice of Mrs. Nottingham and Kinsgfield himself. Meanwhile, why is the U.S. Attorney General paying a midnight visit to Kingsfield?

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, James Keane

Votes: 9

6. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Episode: Decisions: Part 2 (1985)

60 min | Drama

9.3
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At the start of the third year, Hart assumes Presidency of Law Review and proposes a controversial approach to the first issue. He also struggles with leadership issues. His problems are ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Senensky | Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, James Keane

Votes: 7

7. Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977)
Episode: Part 2 (1977)

120 min | Drama

9.3
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Director: Gary Nelson | Stars: Cliff Robertson, Jason Robards, Stefanie Powers, Robert Vaughn

Votes: 7

8. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Episode: The Paper Chase (1978)

60 min | Drama

9.3
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Ill-prepared for his first class, novice law student James Hart incurs the wrath of Professor Kingsfield, who declares Hart "dead" regarding his continued participation. Hart then tries to find a way back into the professor's good graces.

Director: Joseph Hardy | Stars: John Houseman, K.C. Ligon, Tom Fitzsimmons, Robert Ginty

Votes: 19

9. The Great Adventure (1963–1964)

60 min | Drama

9.1
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A filmed series of one-hour dramatizations of the lives of famous historical people, as well as important historical events.

Stars: Russell Johnson, Van Heflin, Kent Smith, Eddie Little Sky

Votes: 87

10. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Episode: The Day Kingsfield Missed Class (1985)

60 min | Drama

9.1
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For the first time in 40 years, Kingsfield doesn't show up for work or class - all day. Everyone is flabbergasted, then worried. Nottingham has kittens. However, there is a logical explanation: remember, Kingsfield is always teaching.

Director: Ralph Senensky | Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, James Keane

Votes: 8

11. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Episode: Free Advice (1985)

60 min | Drama

9.0
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A guy whom Hart and Ford know shows up looking for them. They're not there but Tom is. He tells Tom that he's having problems with his landlord. Tom suggests that he not pay the rent. Later... See full summary »

Director: Gilbert Moses | Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, James Keane

Votes: 6

12. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Episode: Limits (1984)

60 min | Drama

9.0
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A distinguished and popular professor of trial law is afflicted with "senility." No one has noticed this except his students, perhaps because his symptoms are worse under the pressure of a ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, James Keane

Votes: 7

13. Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977)
Episode: Part 4 (1977)

120 min | Drama

9.0
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Director: Gary Nelson | Stars: Cliff Robertson, Jason Robards, Stefanie Powers, Robert Vaughn

Votes: 9

14. The Bionic Woman (1976–1978)
Episode: Kill Oscar (1976)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.9
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A renegade scientist is after a weather controlling device and employs his army of Fembots to get it.

Director: Alan Crosland Jr. | Stars: Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks, John Houseman

Votes: 84

15. Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977)
Episode: Part 5 (1977)

120 min | Drama

8.9
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Director: Gary Nelson | Stars: Cliff Robertson, Jason Robards, Stefanie Powers, Robert Vaughn

Votes: 7

16. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Episode: Plague of Locusts (1983)

60 min | Drama

8.9
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The annual influx of law firm recruiters invades the campus, and Ford's father seems to be leading the charge. Ford Senior's tactics cause Junior to re-evaluate his opinion of his father, ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, James Keane

Votes: 8

17. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Episode: Moot Court (1978)

60 min | Drama

8.8
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The students pair off (via random draw) for 'Moot Court', a courtroom-like competition. Hart lucks out, as his partner is close friend and fellow study group member Logan. Bell is not so ... See full summary »

Director: Seymour Robbie | Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, Robert Ginty

Votes: 15

18. Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977)
Episode: Part 3 (1977)

120 min | Drama

8.8
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Director: Gary Nelson | Stars: Cliff Robertson, Jason Robards, Stefanie Powers, Robert Vaughn

Votes: 8

19. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Episode: Scavenger Hunt (1979)

60 min | Drama

8.8
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Professor Kingsfield unleashes his first-year students in the campus-wide annual scavenger hunt. In an effort to find the answers to more questions than any other study group, everyone is ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, Robert Ginty

Votes: 10

20. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Episode: The Source (1985)

60 min | Drama

8.8
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Hart notices a respected judge has inconsistent rulings and goes to talk with his clerk, (an alumni). The clerk is reluctant to being openly named as a source revealing that the judge has been dishonest with his rulings.

Director: Georg Stanford Brown | Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, James Keane

Votes: 5

21. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Episode: The Tables Down at Ernie's (1979)

60 min | Drama

8.8
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Kingsfield's character and background are further developed in this episode: his own days as a student at the law school, hanging out at Ernie's in the 1930's, and his friendship, then, ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Leacock | Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, Robert Ginty

Votes: 13

22. The Bionic Woman (1976–1978)
Episode: Kill Oscar: Part 3 (1976)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.7
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Steve and Jaime decide to invade Dr. Franklin's lair to rescue Oscar Goldman and Paulline Callahan but the villain's Fembots and weather-controlling machine mean difficult opposition.

Director: Alan Crosland Jr. | Stars: Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks, John Houseman

Votes: 74

23. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Episode: Suppressed Desires (1986)

60 min | Drama

8.7
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A party themed "Supressed Desries" is being thrown, wherein the students get to as something they wish they could be other than a lawyer. When there's an art competition. Kiernan decides to enter but it clashes with her studies.

Director: Lynn Roth | Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, James Keane

Votes: 6

24. Broadway: The American Musical (2004)

360 min | Documentary, Music

8.6
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A six-part documentary about the Broadway musical

Stars: Julie Andrews, John Lahr, Stephen Sondheim, Philip Furia

Votes: 301

25. The Six Million Dollar Man (1974–1978)
Episode: Kill Oscar: Part 2 (1976)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

8.6
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With Jaime Sommers critically injured, Steve Austin races to Dr. Franklin's secret hideout to find the kidnapped Oscar Goldman. Austin plans to rescue his friend and boss despite Oscar's own orders to kill him lest he spill state secrets.

Director: Barry Crane | Stars: Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks, John Houseman

Votes: 67

26. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Episode: Outline Fever (1983)

60 min | Drama

8.6
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The second year begins with Hart and Ford moving to an off-campus apartment, while Bell is still at the dorm as the advisor for the 1-L students. Some of the 1-L students hound Hart for his... See full summary »

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, James Keane

Votes: 8

27. Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977)
Episode: Part 1 (1977)

150 min | Drama

8.6
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Director: Gary Nelson | Stars: Cliff Robertson, Jason Robards, Stefanie Powers, Robert Vaughn

Votes: 8

28. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Episode: The Advocates (1984)

60 min | Drama

8.6
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Hart and Harriman are locking horns (again), this time as opponents in the Moot Court finals. Others are cashing in on their rivalry. Bell is taking bets on the winner, and Golden is happy ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, James Keane

Votes: 5

29. The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1979 TV Special)

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Director: John Moffitt | Stars: Mason Adams, Alan Alda, Loni Anderson, Lou Antonio

Votes: 17

30. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Episode: A Day in the Life of... (1978)

60 min | Drama

8.5
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Hart asks Kingsfield to answer a question before he thoroughly researched the case himself. As a penalty, Kingsfield gives Hart additional research that is due the following morning. Hart ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Leacock | Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, Robert Ginty

Votes: 12

31. Silver Spoons (1982–1987)
Episode: Driver Ed (1983)

TV-G | Comedy, Family

8.5
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When Edward and Kate go out of town, Grandfather Stratton agrees to teach Ricky how to drive, but the lesson takes a wrong turn.

Director: Jack Shea | Stars: Ricky Schroder, Erin Gray, Franklyn Seales, Joel Higgins

Votes: 23

32. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Episode: Hart Goes Home (1984)

60 min | Drama

8.5
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Hart goes home to Minnesota for his sister Vicky's wedding, even though he has extra work due to Kingsfield. Since Golden has assigned Harriman to cover for Hart, Hart spends a lot of time ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, James Keane

Votes: 6

33. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Episode: Laura's Struggle (1985)

60 min | Drama

8.5
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Laura is having trouble adjusting to the added time commitments of Law Review while keeping up with her regular courses. All her friends are disturbed by the changes in her personality but ... See full summary »

Director: Sharron Miller | Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, James Keane

Votes: 10

34. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Episode: Pressure (1985)

60 min | Drama

8.5
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Pressure causes first year student Williamson to get in serious trouble. Tom Ford defends Williamson before a committee chaired by Kingsfield. Rose dates Soloway's father.

Director: Alf Kjellin | Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, James Keane

Votes: 6

35. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Episode: Spreading It Thin (1983)

60 min | Drama

8.5
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About Hart's attempting to prove that a popular teacher is a fraud.

Director: Corey Allen | Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, James Keane

Votes: 6

36. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Episode: The Clay Footed Idol (1979)

60 min | Drama

8.5
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Each study group must find and report on an 'interesting' case, with the best to be presented orally in class. Our favorite study group stumbles upon (completely by accident) a decades-old ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Elikann | Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, Robert Ginty

Votes: 12

37. The Last Convertible (1979– )

360 min | Drama

8.4
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A World War II coming-of-age drama about five men who meet in the fall of 1940 at Harvard. The war affects all of them, each in different ways. A green 1939 Packard convertible is at the ... See full summary »

Stars: Perry King, Deborah Raffin, Bruce Boxleitner, Edward Albert

Votes: 121

38. Cinéastes de notre temps (1964–1972)

Documentary

8.4
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In-depth documentaries about the greatest filmmakers from around the world, all in the form of candid face-to-face interviews, conducted, created and produced by former critics for Les Cahiers du Cinéma, Janine Bazin and André S. Labarthe.

Stars: André S. Labarthe, Jacques Rivette, Michel Simon, Jean Renoir

Votes: 52

39. Clarence Darrow (1974 TV Movie)

81 min | Biography, Drama

8.4
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The taped performance of Henry Fonda's one-man show was aired as "IBM Presents Clarence Darrow" on September 4, 1974, on NBC.

Director: John Rich | Star: Henry Fonda

Votes: 100

40. Hollywood the Golden Years: The RKO Story (1987– )

360 min | Documentary, History

8.4
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The history of the major Golden Age of Hollywood film company, RKO Pictures.

Stars: Edward Asner, Linwood G. Dunn, Ginger Rogers, Pandro S. Berman

Votes: 122

41. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Episode: Burden of Proof (1984)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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Hart is assigned to work in the public defender's office. Kingsfield is mugged one night by a pick-pocket named "Joe Bob". Guess who Hart's client is?

Director: Corey Allen | Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, James Keane

Votes: 7

42. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Episode: Great Expectations (1978)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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The study group plans a weekend getaway picnic to blow off steam, but Professor Kingsfield assigns a lot of work at the last minute, causing the group to drop the getaway and just have an ... See full summary »

Director: Harvey S. Laidman | Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, Robert Ginty

Votes: 13

43. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Episode: It's Only a Show (1985)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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Bell directs a law school themed show put on by the law students. Kingsfield attends a law convention in Los Angeles.

Director: Lynn Roth | Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, James Keane

Votes: 7

44. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Episode: The Apprentice (1979)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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Hart is chosen by Kingsfield to assist him and a third-year student to prepare for a case in New York City. The 3-L, nearing graduation, is busy seeking future employment, and dumps the ... See full summary »

Director: Kenneth Gilbert | Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, Robert Ginty

Votes: 9

45. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Episode: The Big D (1985)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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Rose husband's files for divorce. And she has to face him when he appears to be unfair with the settlement.

Director: Ralph Senensky | Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, James Keane

Votes: 5

46. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Episode: The Choice (1985)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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Ford's 1L girlfriend gets pregnant. He wants the baby; she doesn't. She consults with her 1L friend, a mother 20 years older who's just embarking on the career she postponed when she got pregnant. Comic subplot re the 1L faculty tea.

Director: Ralph Senensky | Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, James Keane

Votes: 5

47. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Episode: The Man in the Chair (1979)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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A disabled transfer student is befriended by, and included in, the study group. As time goes on, he takes advantage of the group's kindness/empathy. His mother, who, as a family friend of ... See full summary »

Director: Robert C. Thompson | Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, Robert Ginty

Votes: 10

48. Citizen Kane (1941)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

8.3
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Following the death of publishing tycoon, Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 367,574 | Gross: $1.59M

49. Hazard's People (1976 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama

8.3
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The story of John Hazard, a criminal attorney whose style and flair sets him apart from his peers in the legal profession. In the pilot episode, Hazard and his three associates seek to help... See full synopsis »

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: John Elerick, Cliff Emmich, Stefan Gierasch, Richard Herd

Votes: 32

50. Hollywood the Golden Years: The RKO Story (1987– )
Episode: It's All True (1987)

Documentary, History

8.3
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Stars: Edward Asner, William Alland, Betty Amster, Reginald Armour

Votes: 6



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