The White Shadow

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The White Shadow is an American drama television series starring Ken Howard that ran on the CBS network from November 27, 1978, to March 16, 1981, about a white former professional basketball player who takes a job coaching basketball at an impoverished... read more

The White Shadow is an American drama television series starring Ken Howard that ran on the CBS network from November 27, 1978, to March 16, 1981, about a white former professional basketball player who takes a job coaching basketball at an impoverished urban high school with a racially mixed basketball team. Although the lead actor Howard was a blonde Caucasian, the series broke new ground as the first television ensemble drama to feature a mostly African American cast, with African American actors playing the high school principal and vice-principal, the majority of the teenage basketball players, and other supporting roles. The White Shadow also dealt with controversial subject matter such as sexually transmitted disease and gay sexual orientation among high school students.

Original Release

11/27/1978 on CBS

Cast

Ken Howard Ken Reeves
Timothy Van Patten Mario 'Salami' Pettrino
Kevin Hooks Morris Thorpe
Jason Bernard
Byron Stewart Warren Coolidge
Joan Pringle Sybil Buchanan
Thomas Carter James Hayward
Stoney Jackson
Ken Michelman Abner Goldstein
Nathan Cook Milton Reese
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 Reunion: Part 1 Thursday, 16 October 1980
2 Reunion: Part 2 Thursday, 23 October 1980
3 Georgia on My Mind Thursday, 30 October 1980
4 If Your Number's Up, Get It Down Tuesday, 16 December 1980
5 Christmas Story Tuesday, 23 December 1980
6 No Blood, No Foul Tuesday, 30 December 1980
7 The Vanity Fare Tuesday, 06 January 1981
8 Mister Hero Tuesday, 13 January 1981
9 B.M.O.C. Monday, 02 February 1981
10 Trial and Error Monday, 09 February 1981
11 Car Repo Monday, 16 February 1981
12 Psyched Out Monday, 23 February 1981
13 Cops Monday, 02 March 1981
14 Burnout Monday, 09 March 1981
15 A Day in the Life Monday, 16 March 1981
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1981 Emmy Outstanding Drama Series Nominated
1981 Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing for a Series Nominated
1980 Emmy Outstanding Drama Series Nominated
1979 Emmy Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series Won
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