The White Shadow

Season 1 Episode 1

(pilot)

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 27, 1978 on CBS
8.6
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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

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  • Ken Reeves (Ken Howard), an aging pro basketball player for the Chicago Bulls realizes he can't continue to keep playing Pro ball any longer. An old college roommate makes Reeves an offer to coach a High School Basketball team. Reeves accepts and headsmoreless

    7.0
    As with most TV pilots this episode is the mere stepping stone for what the future show will be. The entire tone of the show is nothing like what it will become. It plays very serious. Ken Reeves' character accepts the coaching job at a "ghetto school" and immediately seems like a fish out of water. The humor and horseplay common among later episodes is not there. Still, its an interesting set up. Reeves spends the episode getting used to the idea of being a high school coach. There are two characters introduced in this episode, Reeves sister and her husband, who seemed like they were to be regulars. After this episode there are only seen in 3 or 4 more shows. And even then only for a few minutes. As the novelty of seeing the shows origin this episode is watchable. Otherwise it does not represent what the show became. Rating C+moreless
Joan Pringle

Joan Pringle

Sybil Buchanan

Jason Bernard

Jason Bernard

Jim Willis (pilot only)

Ken Howard

Ken Howard

Ken Reeves

Jerry Fogel

Jerry Fogel

Bill Donahue (1978-1979)

Kevin Hooks

Kevin Hooks

Morris Thorpe

Byron Stewart

Byron Stewart

Warren Coolidge

Gerry Black

Gerry Black

Store Manager

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Marilyn Coleman

Marilyn Coleman

Mrs. Hayward

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Bethel Leslie

Bethel Leslie

Mrs. Lawrence

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