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Seasons: 3 2 1 Years: 1981 1980 1979 ... See all »

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.
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Series Cast Summary

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  Ken Reeves (54 episodes, 1978-1981)
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  Morris Thorpe (54 episodes, 1978-1981)
Byron Stewart ...
  Warren Coolidge (54 episodes, 1978-1981)
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  Mario 'Salami' Pettrino (54 episodes, 1978-1981)
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  Sybil Buchanan (53 episodes, 1978-1981)
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  James Hayward (42 episodes, 1978-1981)
Nathan Cook ...
  Milton Reese (40 episodes, 1978-1981)
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  Abner Goldstein (40 episodes, 1978-1981)
Ira Angustain ...
  Ricky Gomez (40 episodes, 1978-1981)
Erik Kilpatrick ...
  Curtis Jackson (39 episodes, 1978-1980)
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  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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  Wardell Stone / ... (16 episodes, 1979-1981)
Wolfe Perry ...
  Teddy Rutherford (15 episodes, 1980-1981)
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  Jesse B. Mitchell (15 episodes, 1980-1981)
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  Paddy Falahey (15 episodes, 1980-1981)
Art Holliday ...
  Eddie Franklin (15 episodes, 1980-1981)
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  Bill Donahue (9 episodes, 1978-1980)
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  Katie Donahue (8 episodes, 1978-1980)
Nicholas Mele ...
  Tom Bellerini / ... (7 episodes, 1979-1981)
Mary Moon ...
  Jenny / ... (5 episodes, 1979)
Jeffrey Bannister ...
  Referee / ... (5 episodes, 1979-1980)
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  Mr. Pettrino (4 episodes, 1979-1981)
Wally McCleskey ...
  Pickpocket / ... (4 episodes, 1979-1980)
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  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
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  Mrs. Gomez (3 episodes, 1978-1980)
Fran Myers ...
  Kathy Plunkett (3 episodes, 1980)
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  Mr. Finniman (3 episodes, 1979)
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  Janine / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1981)
Dick Baker ...
  Referee (3 episodes, 1978-1981)
Jonathan Ian ...
  Jackie Hayward (3 episodes, 1978-1981)
Judy Sardo ...
  Jeannie / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1981)
Jan Crawford ...
  Student / ... (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Teri Taylor ...
  Charlene / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
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  Jake Reeves (2 episodes, 1980)
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  Dr. Luther Tucker (2 episodes, 1980)
Hilda Haynes ...
  Mrs. Coolidge (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
S. Pearl Sharp ...
  Ms. Jenkins / ... (2 episodes, 1979-1981)
Geese Ausbie ...
  Geese Ausbie / ... (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Ellaraino ...
  Louise Bradley / ... (2 episodes, 1979-1981)
Carmen Zapata ...
  Mrs. Alvarez / ... (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
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  Dr. McCabe (2 episodes, 1980)
Curley Neal ...
  Curley Neal / ... (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
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  Art Commings / ... (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
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  Diana (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Ron Pinkard ...
  Clerk / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
Nate Branch ...
  Himself (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Harry Danner ...
  Mr. Leonard (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Marilyn Coleman ...
  Mrs. Hayward (2 episodes, 1978-1981)

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines 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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Also Known As
  • La sombra blanca (Spain)
  • La sombra blanca (Mexico)
  • Beyaz gölge (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Herencia de gloria (Uruguay)
  • Herencia de gloria (Argentina)
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  • 60 min
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Trivia According to Kevin Hooks, the decision to cancel the show was made abruptly after 15 episodes of Season 3. At least three episodes remain unaired, one in which he was to make his directorial debut, and two others which were to be centered around the characters of Jesse Mitchell (Stoney Jackson) and Eddie Franklin (Art Holliday). See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Close Encounters (1985). See more »
Quotes Harold: [after Ken Reeves has done a student reporter a favor] Did you do that as a reward for me writing a positive article?
Ken Reeves: No, I expect to get raked over the coals the next time we lose.
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