White Shadow: Season 1

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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Before St. Elsewhere and Northern Exposure, co-creator Bruce Paltrow and writer Joshua Brand scored with this 1978 series that's a little To Sir, with Love and a little The Dirty Dozen. Ken Howard stars as Ken Reeves, a professional basketball player whose career is cut short by injuries. In the pilot episode, which earned the series' its sole Emmy Award (for director Jackie Cooper), a former teammate of Reeves, who is now the ...
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Special Features

Closed Caption; All 15 season one episodes; Selected episode commentaries; "More Than Basketball" featurette
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Before St. Elsewhere and Northern Exposure, co-creator Bruce Paltrow and writer Joshua Brand scored with this 1978 series that's a little To Sir, with Love and a little The Dirty Dozen. Ken Howard stars as Ken Reeves, a professional basketball player whose career is cut short by injuries. In the pilot episode, which earned the series' its sole Emmy Award (for director Jackie Cooper), a former teammate of Reeves, who is now the principal at Carver High in Los Angeles, recruits him to be the school's new basketball coach. The White Shadow takes Northern Exposure's fish-out-of-water premise in a different direction: Reeves is as cocky and sarcastic as Dr. Joel Fleischman, but Carver is a gritty world apart from mystical, magical Cicely, Alaska. The multi-ethnic team is comprised of underachievers and budding delinquents with police records. But Reeves is "the right man for the job," and as this first season unfolds, he slowly gains the trust of the vice principal, Sybil Buchanan (Joan Pringle), and his players, who begin evolving into winners on and off the court. The White Shadow was more than just a show about basketball. The series tackled provocative topics such as teen drinking, sex, gangs, and homosexuality while also dealing with such universal coming-of-age issues as self-esteem. In "Little Orphan Abner," for instance, team doormat Goldstein (Ken Michelman) is finally roused to stand up for himself. Several of the most memorable episodes afford lessons yet underscore the fact that some problems cannot be fixed in 60 TV minutes. In "Spare the Rod," for example, Reeves learns the hard lesson that some students cannot be helped, and he struggles in "Mainstream" to reach an autistic youth who has been placed on the team. The funky soundtrack and '70s fashions may be dated, but The White Shadow still resonates. For those who fondly remember the series, and especially for those with their own hoop dreams, this DVD release is a slam-dunk.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2005
  • UPC: 024543190776
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 11:59:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 36,284

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- The White Shadow: The Complete First Season, Disc 1 - Episodes 1-2
1. What Might Have Been [1:59]
2. You Stink! [4:07]
3. Main Titles [1:13]
4. Who's in Charge [3:04]
5. Model Students [2:12]
6. The Right Man for the Job [5:49]
7. First to Ten Wins [10:16]
8. Temporary Arrangements [4:18]
9. Why We Are Here [3:53]
10. Second Thoughts [4:58]
11. Like a White Shadow [5:13]
12. Just a Minor GTA/End Credits [1:10]
1. Episode Preview [:32]
2. Main Titles [2:04]
3. A Team Effort [8:23]
4. "Where Could I Go?" [7:18]
5. Someone Who Can Help [3:04]
6. I'll Tell You at Dinner [3:48]
7. Eye's for You [4:25]
8. True Teammates [2:51]
9. The Sting [5:08]
10. The Key to it All [6:14]
11. Fans and Friends [1:27]
12. Runnin' As a Team/End Credits [2:52]
Disc #1, Side B -- The White Shadow: The Complete First Season, Disc 1 - Episodes 3-4
1. Episode Preview [:33]
2. Main Titles [1:35]
3. Where Thorpe Lacks [1:21]
4. Where Are They Now? [5:01]
5. Business Almost As Usual [4:54]
6. "Duke of Earl" [3:23]
7. Why He Does What He Does [3:06]
8. Get That Guy! [5:41]
9. What's There to Think About? [2:50]
10. What About Gomez? [10:07]
11. When the Road Divides [1:34]
12. In His Element/End Credits [3:31]
1. Episode Preview [:32]
2. Main Titles [5:05]
3. The MVP [2:22]
4. It's Always Next Year [1:46]
5. What They're All Sayin' [5:23]
6. Forgettin' His Roots [3:55]
7. What the Big Leagues Bring [5:01]
8. Larger Than Life [1:28]
9. What the Numbers Say [3:51]
10. Some Things to Think About [8:54]
11. Tellin' it Straight [7:57]
12. His Rolls Is Ready/End Credits [1:50]
Disc #2, Side A -- The White Shadow: The Complete First Season, Disc 2 - Episodes 5-6
1. Episode Preview [:34]
2. Main Titles [3:56]
3. Babies and Basketball [3:35]
4. What Would You Do? [4:28]
5. Apparently, Bad Advice [3:59]
6. A Way Through This [3:49]
7. His Way Isn't Her Way [:51]
8. More Important Than Winning [6:56]
9. But What About Me? [3:07]
10. Oldest of Eight [1:57]
11. "My Girl" [8:15]
12. Her Life Without Milton/End Credits [6:40]
1. Episode Preview [:33]
2. Main Titles [1:34]
3. Scammin' and Jammin' [4:29]
4. Winner Goes to School [6:56]
5. Don't Sweat the Details [2:46]
6. The New Kid [7:01]
7. Wash or Dry? [2:36]
8. When the Past Catches Up [4:25]
9. Little Moses and a Little Debt [4:56]
10. Calling in Favors [7:41]
11. Free Analysis [3:02]
12. How Things Will Be/End Credits [2:10]
Disc #2, Side B -- The White Shadow: The Complete First Season, Disc 2 - Episodes 7-8
1. Episode Preview [:32]
2. Main Titles [1:02]
3. Why Is Gomez Out? [3:31]
4. Just Fix It! [5:18]
5. Back With His Pack [2:31]
6. Don't Call Us, We'll Call You [3:11]
7. Nothin' Better to Do [4:27]
8. Time, Place, Weapons! [1:52]
9. Who's Failing Who? [5:49]
10. Looking for a Teammate [12:17]
11. Time for a Change [4:08]
12. The Results Are In/End Credits [3:31]
1. Episode Preview [:32]
2. Main Titles [1:02]
3. Survival Cooking [3:34]
4. Weightier Matters [1:28]
5. Overanxious [2:27]
6. Caught...Again [1:18]
7. No Fast Break Without Thorpe [1:41]
8. Hand Checking, or Dancing [3:48]
9. Old Friends, Old Stigma [5:01]
10. When Rumors Spread [10:06]
11. From the Heart [10:38]
12. Empathy/End Credits [6:36]
Disc #3, Side A -- The White Shadow: The Complete First Season, Disc 3 - Episodes 9-10
1. Episode Preview [:32]
2. Main Titles [1:27]
3. On Our Way to San Jose! [4:26]
4. Getting Off the Ground [7:28]
5. Fight Flight Jitters [9:42]
6. So What's Your Story? [2:58]
7. Help at Twenty Thousand Feet [6:21]
8. Lacking in Hospital Space [1:36]
9. What it's Like to Die [2:36]
10. The Correct Way to Crash [3:26]
11. Final Minutes [6:03]
12. We Have Time/End Credits [1:32]
1. Episode Preview [:33]
2. Main Titles [2:33]
3. Good and Bad News [2:41]
4. Vegas, An Education [2:17]
5. Thorpe Has a Plan [3:16]
6. Her Way to Punish Him [1:05]
7. I.D. Please [7:11]
8. Let it Roll! [5:17]
9. Ready to Play? [8:05]
10. Down and Out...Almost! [6:45]
11. Men With Morals [5:14]
12. What Morris Brought Back/End Credits [3:14]
Disc #3, Side B -- The White Shadow: The Complete First Season, Disc 3 - Episodes 11-12
1. Episode Preview [:32]
2. Main Titles [1:27]
3. Not Part of the Deal [2:10]
4. A Petition to Punish [2:14]
5. More Than Meets the Eye [3:55]
6. How it Went Down [2:50]
7. Expelled [6:41]
8. New Found Friends [1:46]
9. A Seemingly Sincere Apology [4:36]
10. Deciding the Future [9:57]
11. Wrong From the Start [9:10]
12. Those We Help/End Credits [2:54]
1. Episode Preview [:32]
2. Main Titles [2:04]
3. Motel California [2:17]
4. Thirty Bucks Minimum [1:37]
5. The Any-Night Fights [5:11]
6. In His Blood [2:55]
7. Sucker-Punched [6:56]
8. A Family Matter [1:53]
9. The Prowlin' Italian [1:58]
10. I'm Out [3:45]
11. Where to Draw the Line [7:27]
12. Men With a Fight Plan/End Credits [11:36]
Disc #4, Side A -- The White Shadow: The Complete First Season, Disc 4 - Episodes 13-14
1. Episode Preview [:32]
2. Main Titles [2:47]
3. A Spirited Debate [3:28]
4. Special Education Basketball [1:42]
5. Enabling the Disabled [5:38]
6. Kareem, He's Not [5:01]
7. How Do We Do This? [1:11]
8. The Autism Playbook [6:43]
9. Refusing to Give Up [3:35]
10. A Crash Course [6:45]
11. Where Thomas Fits In [8:13]
12. Shoot Thomas, Shoot!/End Credits [2:32]
1. Episode Preview [:32]
2. Main Titles [1:37]
3. When a Plan Works [2:03]
4. Killing Their Image [2:26]
5. Guess What's for Dinner? [7:18]
6. The Working Stiff [3:14]
7. The Complications of Age [3:39]
8. By His Side [2:26]
9. Teammates Only [4:37]
10. Jenny [4:25]
11. Party at Goldstein's [9:05]
12. Being Who He Is/End Credits [6:47]
Disc #4, Side B -- The White Shadow: The Complete First Season, Disc 4 - Episode 15
1. Episode Preview [:32]
2. Main Titles [2:23]
3. Done With Pride [1:25]
4. "Take it Back" [1:42]
5. Seeking Professional Advice [4:17]
6. The Team Without Thorpe [4:16]
7. In Harmony [4:37]
8. Fixing a Reputation [13:42]
9. Who Turned on Who? [3:22]
10. People Will Talk [5:04]
11. Let's Double [3:59]
12. Charlie Brown/End Credits [2:51]
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Disc #1, Side A -- The White Shadow: The Complete First Season, Disc 1 - Episodes 1-2
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Disc #1, Side B -- The White Shadow: The Complete First Season, Disc 1 - Episodes 3-4
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Disc #2, Side A -- The White Shadow: The Complete First Season, Disc 2 - Episodes 5-6
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Disc #2, Side B -- The White Shadow: The Complete First Season, Disc 2 - Episodes 7-8
   That Old Gang of Mine
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   Just One of the Boys
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Disc #3, Side A -- The White Shadow: The Complete First Season, Disc 3 - Episodes 9-10
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Disc #3, Side B -- The White Shadow: The Complete First Season, Disc 3 - Episodes 11-12
   Spare the Rod
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   The Great White Dope
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Disc #4, Side A -- The White Shadow: The Complete First Season, Disc 4 - Episodes 13-14
   Mainstream
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   Little Orphan Abner
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Disc #4, Side B -- The White Shadow: The Complete First Season, Disc 4 - Episode 15
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   "More Than Basketball" Featurette
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