The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
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As usual, the Law Review is behind schedule, but this time Golden is sidelined with pneumonia. Second-in-command Shaw seizes the opportunity for a power play, but it predictably backfires. ... See full summary »

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Jack Bender

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John Jay Osborn Jr. (based on the novel by), James Bridges (developed for television by) | 1 more credit »
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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
Jane Kaczmarek ... Connie Lehman
Michael Tucci ... Gerald Golden
Betty Harford Betty Harford ... Mrs. Nottingham
Wortham Krimmer Wortham Krimmer ... Martin Zeiss
Eddie Barth ... Lars
Edward Edwards ... Shaw
Harvey Lewis Harvey Lewis ... Herman
David Andrews
Ann Bronston Ann Bronston ... Cindy
Eunice Christopher Eunice Christopher
Kay Dingle ... Wonk #3
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As usual, the Law Review is behind schedule, but this time Golden is sidelined with pneumonia. Second-in-command Shaw seizes the opportunity for a power play, but it predictably backfires. Law Review activities are further complicated when, while their new computer is being installed and tested, a power failure threatens their precious deadline - until they enlist the help of the 'Wonks'. Written by JEFJR

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1983 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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(at around 30 mins) Ford (Tom Fitzsimmons) addresses a line to Connie (Jane Kaczmarek) but calls her "Jane" rather than "Connie". See more »

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This one doesn't age well....
9 October 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In this installment of "The Paper Chase", the computer age comes to campus. Considering when the show aired on Showtime, this was very timely--as computers were just becoming relatively common, but still quite mysterious, on college campuses. Back in the mid-1980s, however, to most people computers were still very new--and knowing how they worked and how they can help us in our lives probably baffled 99% of the viewers. For example, the internet really was only in its infancy and was not open to very many people--mostly just folks working for the Defense Department. But, looking at this show now, it really appears as if the writers really weren't very well-versed with computers as well. Most of it is because of the show's treatment of 'wonks'--computer geniuses who are described as being very much like Urkel! In my time spent using computer networks during this same era, I NEVER saw any folks who looked or acted like any of these knuckleheads! This is odd, as normally "The Paper Chase" was exceptionally well done...but here it seems rather second-rate and full of dumb stereotypes.

Now this is NOT to say the show is all bad. The plot where the president of "Law Review" is ill and a power-hungry replacement takes over is very nice. The old expression "absolute power corrupts absolutely" seems to come to mind about this plot--and the guy does turn out to be a total jerk. This, unlike the computer angle, is much more timeless.


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