The White Shadow

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The White Shadow

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A knee injury forced Chicago Bulls forward Ken Reeves into retirement and he was talked into a coaching career by his old friend and teammate Jim Willis. That was the premise behind TV's White Shadow. Jim was a principal at Los Angeles' Carver High School, nestled right inside an inner-city, working-class neighborhood…and though Reeves was new to the world of clipboards and de facto paternal responsibilities, coaching soon appeared to be his true calling. The White Shadow was created by TV producer (and big basketball fan) Bruce Paltrow. It was about the sport, of course, but it was also about a growing up in a tough neighborhood at a tough time. The kids on the team had to face drugs, gangs, race hostility, learning disabilities, financial hardship, and more-so it wasn't all towel rattail fights in the locker room. Whatever the dilemma, Coach Reeves figured into the solution, be it through good advice or hands-on intervention. His players trusted him, and given the general mistrust they had for people older than them, that was really saying something. In the 1979-80 season, b-baller Curtis Jackson was shot while standing in a liquor store that was being held up. That was also the year that a load of players "graduated" from high school and moved on…and a new batch of actors came in to take their place. In its third season, the show lightened up--there were less episodes that dealt with serious topics, but the season still had it's moments, such as teacher burnout ("Burnout") and unfair treatment by law enforcement ("Cops"). On the court or off, the young men on the Carver High basketball team were a funny and eclectic group, and their coach, their "white shadow," was always there to lend an assist.moreless
John Mengatti

John Mengatti

Nick Vitaglia (1979-1981)

Robin Pearson Rose

Robin Pearson Rose

Katie Donahue (1978-1979)

Kevin Hooks

Kevin Hooks

Morris Thorpe

Byron Stewart

Byron Stewart

Warren Coolidge

Ken Howard

Ken Howard

Ken Reeves

Stoney Jackson

Stoney Jackson

Jesse B. Mitchell (1980-1981)

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  • How Cool Was this Show???!!

    10
    This was a favorite show of mine back when I was a teen. Had a big crush on Salami!!!! LOL. I'm happy they are airing it again on NBA-TV and the characters are as fun and charismatic as I remember them. Good acting, good if sometimes silly plots. I also love that this show was made before political correctness reared its ugly head. You could never have this show today on network TV and that's a shame.moreless
  • I was looking around the net and found a site for WHite Shadow fans!

    10
    I was searching through different White Shadow sites and I came across a message board set up secifically for fans of "The White Shadow". If ya want to check it out go to www.carverchat.com It looks pretty new but it'll probably be pretty interesting when more fans of the show find it. It's about time someone made a site for that show.



    BTW - Any word on when the season 3 DVD set is coming out? I've checked FOX's site and Amazon and no info yet. Let's just hope they get the right cast members on the cover this time around. :-/



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  • gibberish and garbage. basketball and high school. seems like two different things but this tv series takes the two and puts them together. what a waste of breath and time even thinking about this show. should have changed the channel and broken the remotmoreless

    0.5
    the white shadow the only thing white was the coach and he wasn't all that great. what a time waster trying to fill a spot in the world of the great mind bending series of gibberish. should have been canceled in the first episode but great minds like money okay.
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    70s, inspiring stories, pressures of high school, for sports nuts, for dreamers