The White Shadow (1978–1981)

TV Series  |   |  Drama, Sport
8.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 674 users  
Reviews: 13 user | 6 critic

A white former NBA professional retires from the pro game and gets a job as a basketball coach in a predominantly black inner-city high school.

Creator:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

Free at IMDb

ON DISC

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 20 titles
created 03 Feb 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 18 Feb 2013
 
a list of 482 titles
created 18 Dec 2013
 
a list of 21 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The White Shadow" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The White Shadow (1978–1981)

The White Shadow (1978–1981) on IMDb 8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The White Shadow.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



3   2   1  
1981   1980   1979   1978  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

St. Elsewhere (1982–1988)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The lives and work of the staff of St. Eligius Hospital, an old and disrespected Boston teaching hospital.

Stars: Ed Begley Jr., William Daniels, Howie Mandel
Hunter (1984–1991)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Rick Hunter is a renegade cop who breaks the rules and takes justice into his own hands. Partnered with the equally stunning and rebellious Sgt. McCall, the tough-minded duo set out to crack down on L.A.'s slimiest criminals.

Stars: Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer, Charles Hallahan
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A story, told by the wandering ghost of a dead man, about the hopeless existence of refugees stuck at the edge of Europe.

Director: Morgan Knibbe
Two-A-Days: Hoover High (2006–2007)
Drama | Reality-TV | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Follows the 2005 football season of the Hoover High School Buccaneers, of Hoover, Alabama.

Stars: Zack Lathem, Alex Binder, Max Lerner
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Director: Caroline Strubbe
Stars: Kimke Desart, Zoltán Miklós Hajdu, Mark Hanney
Trapper John, M.D. (1979–1986)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The Korean War MASH unit veteran operates as Chief Surgeon in a major city hospital with his colleagues.

Stars: Pernell Roberts, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Charles Siebert
The Fugitive (1963–1967)
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A doctor, wrongly convicted for a murder he didn't commit, escapes custody and must stay ahead of the police to find the real killer.

Stars: David Janssen, William Conrad, Barry Morse
The Hoop Life (TV Series 1999)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The Hoop Life is a show based on the lives of professional basketball players off the court. It is centered around the fictional UBA (United Basketball Association) and it follows the lives... See full summary »

Stars: Roberta Angelica, Lynda Gravatt, Dorian Harewood
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A young American is framed and thrown into a Mexican prison. His friends journey to Mexico to break him out.

Director: Gordon Hessler
Stars: Timothy Van Patten, Jimmy McNichol, Ethan Wayne
El almanaque (2012)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: José Pedro Charlo
Stars: Jorge Tiscornia
The Insiders (1985–1986)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Stars: Nicholas Hormann, Nicholas Campbell, Stoney Jackson
The Rebel (1959–1961)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

After the end of the American Civil War, a former Confederate Army private roams the Wild West and, as a rogue drifter, gets involved in helping out various settlers threatened by various bad guys.

Stars: Nick Adams, Ross Sturlin, Chuck Hamilton
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Ken Reeves (54 episodes, 1978-1981)
...
 Morris Thorpe (54 episodes, 1978-1981)
Byron Stewart ...
 Warren Coolidge (54 episodes, 1978-1981)
...
 Mario 'Salami' Pettrino (54 episodes, 1978-1981)
Joan Pringle ...
 Sybil Buchanan (53 episodes, 1978-1981)
...
 James Hayward (42 episodes, 1978-1981)
Nathan Cook ...
 Milton Reese (40 episodes, 1978-1981)
Ken Michelman ...
 Abner Goldstein (40 episodes, 1978-1981)
Ira Angustain ...
 Ricky Gomez (40 episodes, 1978-1981)
Erik Kilpatrick ...
 Curtis Jackson (39 episodes, 1978-1980)
...
 Nick Vitaglia / ... (34 episodes, 1979-1981)
Ed Bernard ...
 Jim Willis / ... (33 episodes, 1978-1980)
Russell Phillip Robinson ...
 Manager Phil Jefferson / ... (25 episodes, 1979-1980)
Edit

Storyline

Ken Reeves was a professional basketball player who had to retire because of injuries. Against his sister Katie's advice, Ken takes a job as the basketball coach at Carver High School in Los Angeles, a tough, mixed-race school. Jim Willis, Ken's friend, was the principal for the first two seasons and was replaced by Sybil Buchanan, the former vice-principal, in the third year. Written by J.E. McKillop <jack-mckillop@worldnet.att.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 November 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Herencia de gloria  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the pilot episode, mens high-school basketball head-coach, Ken Reeves drove a snazzy red Mustang convertible sports car. In subsequent episodes, he is seen driving only an old station wagon, probably in an attempt to show Reeves as more down-to-earth instead of a glamorous and retired National Basketball Association athlete. See more »

Goofs

Ken Reeves' NBA career is referred to several times in the series, but the number of years and the teams he played on seem to change each time. For instance, he tells reporter Sally Adams in "The Offer" that he was in the Chicago Bulls' starting lineup for 10 seasons. In "Wanna Bet", street hustler Bobby Magum remembers Reeves playing for Chicago, Denver, and Milwaukee. Finally, in "Little Orphan Abner", he tells Abner Goldstein's grandparents he spent the last six years of his career with the Bulls. See more »

Quotes

Morris Thorpe: [a new kid shows up wearing a basketball letter jacket] Relax, that jacket said Montana. There can't be more than three high schools in the whole territory.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Psych: Shawn 2.0 (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Telling it Like it Is
11 March 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This had to be one of the most accurate portrayals of inner city life ever made. This show dealt with it all, drugs, gangs, sex and even death. The second season was to me its peak. You got to see the losers become winners, but not without paying a price. Thorpe infecting Coolige's girlfriend with syphilis (predating the AIDS crisis), a player dying of a brain hemorrhage during practice and the most heartbreaking moment, Jackson getting murdered on the eve of the team winning the city championship. But, the most amazing thing is that this would be the breeding ground for two of the finest directors around, Thomas Carter and Kevin Hooks. Bruce Paltrow not only was a genius director, but he was also a professor and his charges learned well and became great on their own.


10 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Abner Goldstein librachashjesu
trivia librachashjesu
How did this show do in the ratings when it originally aired? girlof80s
Golf Episode............ .. roadgame999
analysis of the Carver team librachashjesu
SEASON THREE kingharvest8
Discuss The White Shadow (1978) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?