The White Shadow: The Com... has been added to your Cart
Quantity:1

Compare Offers on Amazon
Add to Cart
CDN$ 25.00
& FREE Shipping. Details
Sold by: The Digital Vault
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

The White Shadow: The Complete First Season

4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

List Price: CDN$ 37.98
Price: CDN$ 25.18 & FREE Shipping. Details
You Save: CDN$ 12.80 (34%)
Only 5 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca. Gift-wrap available.
17 new from CDN$ 21.50 5 used from CDN$ 24.86
Unlimited FREE Two-Day Shipping for Six Months When You Try Amazon Student


Frequently Bought Together

  • The White Shadow: The Complete First Season
  • +
  • The White Shadow: The Complete Second Season
  • +
  • St. Elsewhere: Season 1
Total price: CDN$ 89.39
Buy the selected items together

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Product Details

  • Actors: Ken Howard, Joan Pringle, Ed Bernard, Thomas Carter, Kevin Hooks
  • Directors: Bruce Paltrow, Ernest Pintoff, Jackie Cooper, Mark Tinker, Michael Zinberg
  • Writers: Bruce Paltrow, Gary Kott
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Nov. 8 2005
  • Run Time: 719 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000AQ68SW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,147 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
  •  Would you like to update product info, give feedback on images, or tell us about a lower price?

Product Description

Product Description

A timeless classic that fans are clamoring for! From the Creators of "COACH CARTER," "ST. ELSEWHERE," "NORTHERN EXPOSURE" AND "NYPD BLUE."

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.

Amazon.ca

The entertaining and sometimes powerful The White Shadow gets under one's skin very quickly. Ken Howard plays former NBA star Ken Reeves, whose career in the pro game is cut short by serious injuries. Along comes Ken's old college roomate, Jim Willis (Jason Bernard in the pilot episode, Ed Bernard after that), principal of an inner-city high school in Los Angeles with a high dropout rate and plenty of antagonism between thuggish students and an angry faculty. Jim makes Ken an offer any sensible man might refuse, but somehow Ken can't: becoming coach of the school's low-achieving basketball team.

Hardly a bleeding heart and prone to inopportune wisecracks, Ken nevertheless gets the team on its feet and slowly takes cautious interest in the personal lives of individual players. Over the course of 15 first-season episodes, Ken gets in the middle of his students' problems, including alcoholism, gang affiliations, early fatherhood, racism, and fighting. Ken is not without his own issues and biases, which have to be faced at critical times. In "Just One of the Boys," the addition of a new player, who might be gay, to the team makes him terribly anxious--and embarrassed that he feels that way. "Spare the Rod" finds Ken at his lowest moment after striking a student who punched him in the nose. What makes this story interesting is that every adult in the school rushes to Ken's defense, even praises him for taking a stand. Yet the attention deepens his shame, and makes Ken too ready to forgive his dangerous attacker. Actress Joan Pringle is excellent as vice-principal Sybil Buchanan, Ken's ally-adversary. Be on the lookout for a number of actors who would soon have starring roles on 1980s TV series, among them Michael Warren and Bruce Weitz (Hill Street Blues), Peter Horton (thirtysomething), and Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: The Next Generation). --Tom Keogh

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
5 star
3
4 star
2
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 5 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: DVD
Like many others I have fond memories of "The White Shadow." I was in graduate school when the show first aired in 1978, but back then when there were only three major television networks (and BBC imports on PBS), there were not a whole lot of television shows that had characters in school. "Welcome Back, Kotter" was entering its final season, but my ability to identify with the Sweat Hogs never got to the point where I was a regular viewer. But this was a show that was about basketball, and that made a difference. However, it turned out that basketball was just a hook to get you to check out "The White Shadow," and that the show ended up actually being about kids in high school, which explains both the critical acclaim the series received from educational organizations and the low ratings it had during its three-year run.

The premise was interesting. Ken Reeves (Ken Howard), a forward with the Chicago Bulls, wrecks his knee and is forced to retire. A high school teammate who is now the principal of Carver High Sch ol offers him a job coaching the basketball team. He has no experience, the job pays pretty much nothing, and his team will be a racially mixed team in a tough inner-city, lower-middle-class neighborhood, so of course Reeves takes the gig. It soon becomes clear that the show is really about teenagers and their problems a lot more than it is about winning basketball games. They jump into the deep end of the pool real quick on this series.
Read more ›
2 of 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Wow Is all I am going to type because I never saw or do not remember year one of The White Shadow.I use to see it at 8ish pm where I was growing up and loved it.I loved the characters,stories and Carver High's team.I was not too much a fan of the sport but I liked the story based on a H.S. sports team in the L.A. area.The series was and at the time Fastbreak was a movie soon to be released in 1979 on a college team and The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh too but minor league in 1980.Getting back to the White Shadow the theme was kind of cool like many 1970's series.One episode in if memory is on track Carver High played a Soviet Union team and a Soviet player wanted to defect from the Soviet Union.Race,economy,friendship,relationships,education and politics within episodes and go Carver High.
1 of 1 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: DVD
I remember this show use to come on every Monday night when I was 15/16 years old. I use to buy a Kraft pizza and bottle of Pepsi, sit and be entertained for an hour. Little wonder I ended up fat. DVD bought back a lot of high school memories. Hard to believe 1980 was that long ago. Worth picking up if on sale but I wouldn't pay full price. The story lines still hold today.
1 of 1 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have always loved this show. I was raised on it and watched it often when I was young.
1 of 1 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I always loved this show.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse


Feedback