The White Shadow

The White Shadow

When professional basketball player Ken Reeves (Ken Howard) suffers a serious knee injury, his career comes to a grinding halt and all his dreams of glory seem shattered. Fortunately an old friend, who is now the principal of a Los Angeles inner-city high school, offers him a job as a basketball coach. Although initially hesitant, Reeves' love of the game finally convinces him to accept the position. But he soon discovers the only thing worse than his team's lack of skill on the court is their lack of belief in themselves off the court. Yet the new coach feels certain that the right combination of guts, sweat, luck and attention will make his players winners in the end.

Episode Info

Final: 3x15 -- A Day in the Life (Mar/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.

Available Episodes

Mar 09, 1981
Season 3 episode 14

Mar 02, 1981
Season 3 episode 13

Psyched Out
Feb 23, 1981
Season 3 episode 12

Car Repo
Feb 16, 1981
Season 3 episode 11

Trial and Error
Feb 09, 1981
Season 3 episode 10

Feb 02, 1981
Season 3 episode 9

Mister Hero
Jan 13, 1981
Season 3 episode 8

Ken HowardKen Howard
As Ken Reeves
Joan PringleJoan Pringle
As Sybil Buchanan
Jason BernardJason Bernard
As Jim Willis (pilot only)
Ed BernardEd Bernard
As Jim Willis (S01-S02)
Kevin HooksKevin Hooks
As Morris Thorpe
Byron StewartByron Stewart
As Warren Coolidge
Timothy Van PattenTimothy Van Patten
As Mario "Salami" Pettrino
Thomas Carter (1)Thomas Carter (1)
As James Hayward (S01-S02)
Nathan CookNathan Cook
As Milton Reese (S01-S02)
Eric KilpatrickEric Kilpatrick
As Curtis Jackson (S01-S02)

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Creator: Bruce Paltrow
Executive Producer: Bruce Paltrow
Producer: Mark Tinker
Associate Producer: Scott Brazil
Casting: Lori Openden
Unit Production Manager: Penny Adams
First Assistant Director: Richard T. Schor, Robert Becker (2)
Second Assistant Director: Dale White (1), Howie Horwitz
Staff Writer: Mark Tinker

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Recurring Guests

Mary Moon as Jenny (4 eps)
Deborah Lacey as Janice (3 eps)
Darryl Tribble as Student (2 eps)
Leonard Lightfoot as Teacher (2 eps)
Eugene Lee as Student (2 eps)
Lupe Ontiveros as Mrs. Gomes (2 eps)
James Cromwell as Mr. Hamilton (2 eps)
Darnell Williams as Walchansky (2 eps)
Nicholas Mele as Teacher (2 eps)
Marilyn Coleman as Mrs. Haywood (2 eps)

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