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

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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
...  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
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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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A glad, sad, funny story for everyone who has needed a second chance. Starring Ken Howard (season 1) See more »

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27 November 1978 (USA)  »

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Herencia de gloria  »

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Thomas Carter (James Hayward), Kevin Hooks (Morris Thorpe) and Timothy Van Patten (Mario 'Salami' Pettrino) have worked behind the camera. All three men have directed and/or produced numerous television programs years after 'The White Shadow' ended its run in 1981. See more »

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At the end of the following episodes, "Wanna Bet?" and "That Old Gang of Mine". The roman numeral of the year 1979 at the end of the credits, was MCMLXXVIX. There was confusion of that because, the "V" should've been removed. The remaining first season episodes were finalized as MCMLXXIX, which was 1979 when the "V" was deleted. See more »

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Jim Willis: You had it easy sonny boy. You'll never know what it's like have to sit in the back of the bus and then give up your seat to a white man or pee in your pants because you can't find a bathroom that'll take you... Now I know a racist when I see one. And I'm looking at one right now.
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Referenced in American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile (2006) See more »

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The White Shadow Should Have Lasted 10+ Years.
11 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

I wish The White Shadow would have lasted as long as Saturday Night Live, with a revolving cast of new students every three years. The world needed this show then and needs it even more now.

It boggles my mind why shows like The White Shadow, which addressed the real-life concerns of inner city kids in an intelligent, sensitive, poignant way get canceled while idiotic shows like Married With Children last forever. Kids may pretend they don't need help and guidance, act tough and independent, etc., but they do. This show provided it. It was full of wisdom and insight but was fun and entertaining at the same time. All of the actors were brilliant. It was one of the best ensembles ever put together. I watched a lot of the episodes on TV Land a few years ago and was just as moved and entertained then as I was when I was in high school 20 years ago.

I suppose the reason intelligent shows like this get canceled is because TV is a flawed medium. People surf the channels with their eyes, not their minds, and since the eyes are the most shallow of our receptors, they stop when they see a pair of boobs or graphic violence. This is why the Jerry Springer show keeps on going while intelligent documentaries that redeem and educate us all struggle in obscurity. It's a sad statement about humanity in general. In the final analysis, we get the TV shows we deserve.

If any of the cast or crew of The White Shadow ever read this, THANK YOU for helping me through high school at a time when I had very few sensible role models (like Coach Reeves) or instruction on how to make the tough decisions. Your show provided both without being condescending or preachy. I wish there were more shows like it today.


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