The White Shadow

CBS (ended 1981)


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Episode Guide

    • Sudden Death
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      Coach Reeves is devastated when a freshman basketball player collapses and dies during practice.
    • No Blood, No Foul
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      After celebrating his 18th birthday, Salami breaks the jaw of an opposing player during a brawl at Carver's next game. The player's angry parents sue, and Salami must plead his case in court with Reeves' help.
    • A Silent Cheer
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      Reeves takes on a new player who is deaf and, in the meantime, begins working out to try to return to the NBA.
    • On the Line
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      The second season begins with Jackson, who has a propensity for gambling (specificially, playing the numbers), being duped into betting on his Carver team. Things get even hairier for Jackson when the sports reporter for the school paper covering the Carver team observes his action.
    • Needle
      Season 2 - Episode 9

      Hayward's cousin dies from a lethal dose of heroin, and Reeves must stop him from seeking revenge.

    • Links
      Season 2 - Episode 16
      Deciding that some of the players could use a dose of class, Coach Reeves takes Coolidge, Thorpe, and Salami to an exclusive country club for a day of golfing. Reeves also begins dating the club owner's daughter, and fixes Salami up with her sister, with disastrous results. Reeves is also unaware that the club doesn't allow blacks to play on the course.moreless
    • Feeling No Pain
      Season 2 - Episode 13

      Salami sprains a knee during a pickup basketball game, and his doctor prescribes amphetamines, which he unwittingly shares with the team.

    • Spare the Rod
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      Coach Reeves substitute-teaches a P.E. class and runs into trouble with Lucius Robinson, a student with a past history of teacher abuse.
    • The Russians Are Coming
      Season 2 - Episode 20
      A touring high school team from the Soviet Union comes to Carver High, and one of the Russian players wants Hayward to help him defect.
    • Here's Mud in Your Eye
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      Coach Reeves and the team discover liquor in Jackson's locker, and fear he may have a drinking problem.
    • The Hitter
      Season 2 - Episode 21
      Coach Reeves suspects that Gomez is being physically abused at home by his father, but has trouble getting him to admit it.
    • Just One of the Boys
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      Reeves deals with a new player, Raymond Collins, who was forced to transfer from his old school because of rumors about his being gay.
    • The Great White Dope
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      Salami has dreams of becoming a professional boxer, like his father was. However, his dad is dead-set against it. Coach Reeves offers to help Salami train, but gets more than he bargained for when he learns his father is against it and that he and Salami don't talk to each other.moreless
    • Salami's Affair
      Season 2 - Episode 15
      Carver holds a school 'turnabout' dance for Sadie Hawkins Day, and a young female teacher has her thoughts on asking Salami and going further.
    • A Few Good Men
      Season 2 - Episode 24
      Graduation means the end of the Carver playing careers of Goldstein, Gomez, Hayward, and Reese, and it also means anxiety for all of them as they wonder what's ahead. Meanwhile, Reeves' girlfriend wants him to spend the summer with her in Greece.
    • Artist
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      Thorpe is torn between his love of art and securing a basketball scholarship.
    • The Death of Me Yet
      Season 2 - Episode 22
      Carver caps off an unbelievable season by reaching the city championship game, but the celebration turns tragic for one player and his family.
    • The Stripper
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      Coach Reeves finds out that the fellow Carver High teacher he is currently dating is also moonlighting as a stripper.
    • Cops
      Season 3 - Episode 13
      A woman is mugged on the street at night by three young black men, and the description she gives the police matches Coolidge, Franklin, and Thorpe, who happen to be out on the town that night. During the apprehension, Thorpe observes one of the cops being excessively brutal to Coolidge and is shot by the cop when he tries to get his badge number. This sets off a storm of protests at the school until the matter is resolvedmoreless
    • (pilot)
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      Ken Reeves, a forward with the Chicago Bulls, is forced to retire after suffering a serious knee injury. His old friend and high school teammate, Jim Willis, who is principal of Carver High near L.A., drops by to offer him a job as basketball coach. Reeves is reluctant, but agrees. Among the challenges he faces with the school and the team include a female vice principal who doesn't like him and a player, James Hayward, who has a lot of potential, but also is fatherless and may have to drop out of school to go to work and take care of his mom and little brother.moreless
    • Wanna Bet?
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      Coach Reeves recruits Bobby Magum, a playground basketball hustler, for the Carver High team. Reeves soon finds out Magum carries a lot of baggage, such as being in trouble with loan sharks.
    • Reunion (2)
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      After a heated argument with his dying father, Reeves decides to stay in Queens awhile to mend the relationship, even considering a leave of absence from Carver at one point. Once all is OK, he returns to Carver for the new school year, and basketball tryouts produce the following new guys: Wardell Stone, Jesse Mitchell, Teddy Rutherford, Paddy Falahey, and Eddie Franklin.moreless
    • No Place Like Home
      No Place Like Home
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      Coach Reeves lets Coolidge move in after his apartment house burns down.
    • Burnout
      Season 3 - Episode 14
      Mr. Mackey, Carver's history teacher, is frustrated over the casual attitude of Carver's black students, feeling they have no idea what his generation went through. He stops caring and shows signs of teacher burnout by refusing to maintain order and discipline in his class and handing out undeserved grades. Rutherford, who admires him, is especially distraught by his attitude.moreless
    • Delores, Of Course
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      Jackson is unaware that his former girlfriend is now a prostitute.
    • The Offer
      The Offer
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      A beautiful young TV reporter is in town to do a special on Coach Reeves at Carver High and tries to lure him into quitting and going into broadcasting.
    • That Old Gang of Mine
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      When Gomez is kicked off the team for poor grades, he turns to a street gang he once ran with.
    • Little Orphan Abner
      Season 1 - Episode 14
      Goldstein's grandfather is hospitalized and his grandmother stays at the hospital with him, so Coach Reeves asks the team to check in on him at home every so often. The other guys aren't too keen on this because Goldstein really doesn't fit in with them, but they agree to check on him and, in the process, take advantage of him and his hospitality. Goldstein threatens to quit the team, and Coach Reeves gives him a lecture on standing up for himself.moreless
    • Bonus Baby
      Season 1 - Episode 4

      Coolidge believes he's ready for the NBA, and thinks about signing with a crooked agent to get there.

    • Pregnant Pause
      Season 1 - Episode 5

      College scouts are impressed with Reese and believe he has a good shot at a scholarship. However, Reese's plans are put on hold when his girlfriend, a Carver cheerleader, tells him she's pregnant. Coach Reeves, however, discovers her attending cheerleader practices, even though she is supposedly pregnant, and believes she may be lying about the pregnancy to trap Reese into marrying her.

    • The White Shadow
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      A serious knee injury forces Ken Reeves to quit playing basketball for the Chicago Bulls.
    • B.M.O.C
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      Coolidge starts having problems stemming from his abnormal height and size, such as normal clothes not fitting and "how's the weather up there" jokes. 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, with help from NBA Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell.moreless
    • Airball
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      Reeves attempts to fly the team to an out-of-town tournament in San Jose. All sorts of trouble ensues, ranging from the players' mischief in the airport, to their fear of flying, and to the plane developing mechanical problems.
    • Car Repo
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      Salami and Vitaglia take on a part-time job reposessing cars, but the ungodly work hours and the harassments from the car owners affect their performances in school, on the basketball court, and their relationship as cousins.
    • Psyched Out
      Season 3 - Episode 12
      A female teacher with a past history of mental illness and nervous breakdowns is tormented by a psychotic student.
    • LeGrand Finale
      LeGrand Finale
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      The team wants to form a singing group, but elect not to include Thorpe, who begins a dating interest with Karen LeGrand, a white girl with an unsavory reputation around school.
    • Sliding By
      Season 2 - Episode 10

      Mack Wade, a "can't-miss" basketball prospect, transfers to Carver to finish out high school. Wade has tons of scholarship offers from colleges, both academic and athletic. However, when Wade starts having troubles in the classroom, Coach Reeves realizes Mack has been passed through because of his basketball potential, even though he's a functional illiterate.

    • Christmas Story
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      Reeves and the team help conduct a basketball clinic at a local Catholic school, and Reeves takes a dating interest in one of the female basketball coaches, unaware that she's a nun. Meanwhile, Stone tries to help the team make Christmas cash by reselling reject Christmas trees.
    • Reunion (1)
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      The third season begins with Coach Reeves visiting Bayside Queens , New York, for his 20th high school reunion and reuniting with old friends, including a high school teammate, an old girlfriend, and his father, whose health is failing. Prior to his leaving, he gets a surprise: Jim Willis has left and Sybil Buchanan is now Carver High School principal!moreless
    • We're in the Money
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      The team pools some money in hopes of hitting it big in Las Vegas.
    • Mainstream
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      A mainstreaming program is put in place at Carver, and as a result, Coach Reeves is forced to take in an autistic kid on the basketball team.
    • Mister Hero
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      While out on a joyride in a stolen car, Stone moves an unconscious woman from a car blocking the road. Shortly afterward, the car explodes, and now Stone is a hero for saving the woman's life. He milks the attention for all it's worth until the truth is brought to lightmoreless
    • If Your Number's Up, Get It Down
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      Reeves is asked to use his former-NBA-player connections to raise funds for a mobile care unit to treat patients with high blood pressure. As punishment for wrecking the driver's ed car, he makes the team do the collecting. However, they decide to publicize that Reeves is dead to entice celebrities to attend the benefit and contribute.moreless
    • Out at Home
      Season 2 - Episode 19
      Coach Reeves is asked to be the Carver High athletic director, a position the baseball coach wanted.
    • Me?
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      Thorpe contracts a sexually transmitted disease and has passed it onto Coolidge's girlfriend. The two of them must now tell Warren that he too must get tested.
    • Coolidge Goes Hollywood
      Season 2 - Episode 23
      Coolidge is offered a part on a television show.
    • A Day in the Life
      A Day in the Life
      Season 3 - Episode 15
      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 receives a summer job offer at a law firm, but struggles with breaking free from his troubled past. 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 spends the day with a famous singer, who agrees to help him pursue his dream of becoming a singer.moreless
    • Trial and Error
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      Coach Reeves is called for jury duty and lies to get out of it. He later learns a lesson about practicing what he preaches when he has to punish Falahey for faking an injury to get out of practice so he can see his girlfriend. Things get hairier for Falahey when the girl discovers she's pregnant.moreless
    • Globetrotters
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      Coach Reeves uses the Harlem Globetrotters to give the Carver High team a lesson in humility.
    • Georgia on My Mind
      Georgia on My Mind
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      Coolidge begins to think his basketball ability is all he needs to succeed in life and his schoolwork suffers. After warnings from Reeves and Mrs. Buchanan, he takes the low road and thinks he can make the Harlem Globetrotters. The Globetrotters, however, teach him a valuable lesson.
    • Vanity Fare
      Vanity Fare
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      The team tries to capitalize on their shower singing by signing on with a record company, and the results aren't what they bargain for. Meanwhile, Reeves gets an offer to do TV commercials for a tire shop.
    • Coolidge Goes to College
      Coolidge Goes to College
      Season 0 - Episode 2
    • I'm Gonna to Fly
      I'm Gonna to Fly
      Season 0 - Episode 1
    • Albert Hodges
      Albert Hodges
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      Coach Reeves begins teaching a class on sex education, but comes under fire when he makes joking comments that Albert Hodges, a new black student who is very racially sensitive, interprets as insulting to blacks. Adding to Hodges' anger is the fact that he's just gotten off an 18-month prison sentence for something he didn't do. Hodges then tries to rally the black players on the team against Reeves.moreless
    • Cross-Town Hustle
      Cross-Town Hustle
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      A rival coach from a predominantly white high school in the area tries to convince Reese to transfer.
    • Gonna Fly Now
      Season 2 - Episode 18
      Reeves and a female undercover police officer team up to try and stop a drug dealer from selling PCP to the students.
    • A Christmas Present
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      As the team plans a big holiday party, Coach Reeves realizes that he will be alone for Christmas. Meanwhile, Sybil finds out she's pregnant and tries to reconcile with her husband.