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.

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

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Can a straight shooter cut it with this bunch of rough, razor-sharp kids from the street? (season 1) See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Herencia de gloria See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Of the actors playing the Carver players, Nathan Cook was the oldest (28) when the show debuted, only seven years younger than Ken Howard. Timothy Van Patten was the youngest at 19. 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.
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Referenced in Seinfeld: The Summer of George (1997) See more »

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The Best Show Ever
5 July 2003 | by Ivan_DragoSee all my reviews

The White Shadow was not just one of the best sports shows ever, but it was one of the best shows overall. When you tuned in to The White Shadow, you didn't just see some high school kids on a basketball team with an ex-pro as their coach, you saw them deal with real-life problems and situations. Addictions (Jackson). Gangs (Gomez). STDs (Coolidge, Thorpe). Death (Jackson). I will admit, it wasn't the same when the players "graduated", but the new cast wasn't as bad as some think they were. They were just never given the same opportunities. When Goldstein, Hayward, Jackson, Reese, and Gomez were replaced, the storylines then mainly revolved around the returning players, namely, Coolidge, Thorpe, Salami, and Vitaglia. Stone wasn't too bad. Neither was Mitchell. I would love to see this series on DVD some day. Also, does anyone remember Phil ever saying anything?


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