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Q: Finding an old TV show ( Answered,   3 Comments )
Subject: Finding an old TV show
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Television
Asked by: dr_bob_leigh1-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 01 Jul 2002 13:26 PDT
Expires: 31 Jul 2002 13:26 PDT
Question ID: 35595
I would like to know where to rent or buy copies of an old TV
show--"The Paper Chase."  The show aired in 1978/1979 on CBS, ran 21
episodes, starring John Houseman and James Stephens.  Detailed
production information is available at  I am
not interested in the movie.  If re-runs are being broadcast somewhere
I am only interested if their is a way I can get them taped.
Subject: Re: Finding an old TV show
Answered By: joey-ga on 01 Jul 2002 14:29 PDT
Hi, I was unable to find a current distributor of the series on video.
 However, I came across a discussion board in which another poster had
also requested the series on tape.  The discussion is relatively
recent (late February 2002), which should hopefully make following up
on it easier.

The link below shows the discussion about several people ("Jim" and
"Frank") who have copies of the series, along with email addresses of
the two.  It is unclear whether the series was previously commercially
distributed, or how, specifically, these posters came to own videos of
the series.

One remarks in the post that the other provided him with "the complete
series minus a few."

The original provider's email address is listed in the message.  The
email address of the discussion responder (who previously received the
series from the original provider) is available by clicking the link
of his name at the top of the page. Discussion Forum
"Re: Paper Chase TV Series"

Best of luck in locating this series, and I hope this helps!


( search terms: +"the paper chase" +VHS +"tv series" )

Request for Answer Clarification by dr_bob_leigh1-ga on 03 Jul 2002 11:44 PDT
Thanks for the information.  Unforetunely it seems to be a deadend.  I
am unable to contact "Jim" or "Frank."  I'm still looking for a place
to buy or rent the series.

Clarification of Answer by joey-ga on 03 Jul 2002 14:16 PDT
I'm sorry that didn't work for you.  I've taken it upon myself now to
email the two of them to see if I can get a response back.  I'll be on
the lookout for other options in the mean time, and I'll let you know
when I hear back from them or find another solution.

I certainly hope this results in a success for you!

Clarification of Answer by joey-ga on 03 Jul 2002 14:30 PDT
Hi, I received a response back from "Jim" within a few minutes of
sending away an email request.  He offered to provide "Frank's" phone
number if necessary.

Google Answers' policies prohibit me from requesting and listing his
phone number or repeating Jim's or Frank's email address here, so I
would suggest trying to email Jim by clicking his name at the top of
the page.  He seemed very helpful and willing to provide further
assistance with contacts.

Good luck!
Subject: Re: Finding an old TV show
From: murph-ga on 01 Jul 2002 14:56 PDT
Couple things i wanted to point out.

According to the discussion at:

(which oh-my-god is a long link! thanks google...)
There is 22 episodes of the show which was run on CBS, which was later
re-ran on Showtime followed bye two more years of the series plus 'the
graduation' for a total of 30 ADDITIONAL episodes.

So there's actually 52 episodes of the show if you want them all. 

-Matt (A.K.A Murph-ga)
Subject: Re: Finding an old TV show
From: to0d-ga on 01 Jul 2002 23:33 PDT
Some more information about the serie can be found from:
I didn't find links to buy it but hope this helps further...

- To0d
Subject: Re: Finding an old TV show
From: archae0pteryx-ga on 16 Jul 2004 23:15 PDT
If you're still listening, dr_bob, there's an answer now:


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