The White Shadow

The White Shadow

  • TV-PG
  • 1978
  • 3 Seasons
  • 8.0  (1,130)

People gathered around their television sets back in the late 1970s and early 80s to watch a television drama that starred Ken Howard. Ken Howard played the role of a former professional basketball player that decides to take a job at an inner city high school coaching a basketball team. This television series featured a white actor taking the role of a teacher in a mostly black high school. At the time, it was considered a groundbreaking television series. The series was closer to reality than a number of other series that were very popular at the time. The series covered a wide range of topics that affect teens too. The show was praised for introducing very realistic characters to a television show. For example, Ken Howard played a formed Chicago Bulls basketball player that is forced to take a teaching and coaching job after a serious injury. The series covered very serious subjects that ranged from drug addiction to sexually transmitted disease.

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Seasons
A Day in the Life
15. A Day in the Life
March 16, 1981
Goldstein, Gomez, Hayward, and Reese all return for an "alumni" exhibition game, amid all the troubles the four have encountered in "real life" since graduating. Hayward is in college and wants to go to law school, but doesn't believe he'll be given the chance because of his skin color. Goldstein, after a year in the Marines, now believes he has the confidence to ask out a girl he admired while at Carver. Gomez is struggling to make ends meet as a car mechanic with a pregnant wife. And, finally, Reese is driving a cab and pursuing his dream of becoming a singer.
Burnout
14. Burnout
March 9, 1981
One of Carver's teachers, Ms. Mackey, starts showing signs of burnout by handing out undeserved grades, and this hurts Rutherford, who enjoys the class.
Cops
13. Cops
March 2, 1981
Coolidge, Thorpe and Franklin are charged with robbing a woman based upon the description she provided tehe police. Things turn bad to worst when one of the officers assualts Coolidge.
Psyched Out
12. Psyched Out
February 23, 1981
Ms. Stanley needs the team's help when a psychotic student is after her.
Car Repo
11. Car Repo
February 16, 1981
Salami and Vitaglia take on a part-time job reposessing cars, but the ungodly work hours and the harassments from the car owners affect both their performances in school and on the basketball court.
Trial and Error
10. Trial and Error
February 9, 1981
Coach Reeves lies to get out of jury duty and it backfires in his face when Franklin lies to get out of practice.
B.M.O.C
9. B.M.O.C
February 2, 1981
Coolidge starts having problems stemming from his abnormal height and size, such as normal clothes not fitting. He gets self-conscious and defensive until Coach Reeves, who has dealt with the same problems, takes him under his wing and tries to let him know he's not alone.
Mister Hero
8. Mister Hero
January 13, 1981
Stone saves an elderly woman's life by rescuing her from a burning car, and the experience goes to his head after he appears on the TV news and sensationalizes the story.
Vanity Fare
7. Vanity Fare
January 6, 1981
The team decides to get a record deal to take advantage of their shower singing skills, while Reeves mulls an offer to do a TV commercial.
No Blood, No Foul
6. No Blood, No Foul
December 30, 1980
Salami faces possible jail time after breaking an opposing team's player's jaw during an on court brawl.
Christmas Story
5. Christmas Story
December 23, 1980
Reeves and the team help conduct a basketball clinic at a local Catholic school, and Reeves takes a dating interest in the female basketball coaches.
If Your Number's Up, Get It Down
4. If Your Number's Up, Get It Down
December 16, 1980
In order to raise money for Carver's athletics, the team decides to organize a benefit. However, they publicize that Coach Reeves is dead in order to entice major sports and entertainment figures like Sparky Anderson, Elgin Baylor, and Willie Tyler and Lester to attend.
Georgia on My Mind
3. Georgia on My Mind
October 30, 1980
Coolidge is tired of school and wants to join the Harlem Globetrotters.
Reunion (2)
2. Reunion (2)
October 23, 1980
Coach Reeves heals his strained relationship with his dying father, breaks things off once and for all with Paula, and returns to Carver for the new school year, where some new players have joined the team: Wardell Stone, Mitchell, Rutherford, Paddy Falahey, and Eddie Franklin
Reunion (1)
1. Reunion (1)
October 16, 1980
Coach Reeves heals his strained relationship with his dying father, breaks things off once and for all with Paula, and returns to Carver for the new school year, where some new players have joined the team: Wardell Stone, Mitchell, Rutherford, Paddy Falahey, and Eddie Franklin
Description

People gathered around their television sets back in the late 1970s and early 80s to watch a television drama that starred Ken Howard. Ken Howard played the role of a former professional basketball player that decides to take a job at an inner city high school coaching a basketball team. This television series featured a white actor taking the role of a teacher in a mostly black high school. At the time, it was considered a groundbreaking television series. The series was closer to reality than a number of other series that were very popular at the time. The series covered a wide range of topics that affect teens too.

The show was praised for introducing very realistic characters to a television show. For example, Ken Howard played a formed Chicago Bulls basketball player that is forced to take a teaching and coaching job after a serious injury. The series covered very serious subjects that ranged from drug addiction to sexually transmitted disease.

  • Premiere Date
    November 27, 1978
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (1,130)