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In the series pilot, Det. Virgil Tibbs (Howard Rollins) returns to Sparta, Miss., for his mother's funeral, and is asked by the mayor to stay as chief of detectives. Part 1 of two. Gillespie: Carroll O'Connor. Harold LaPeer: Kevin McCarthy. Scott LaPeer: D (more…)
A boy overhears the murder of his grandmother and later meets the killer face to face, while under the care of Althea (Anne-Marie Johnson). Lester: Will Bledsoe. Audine: Mariska Hargitay. Miss Elnora: Pat Perkins. Bates: Jerry Marshall. Tibbs: Howard Rolli (more…)
A local councilman and a New York conglomerate both want to buy the local newspaper, but the representative from New York appears to have the inside track. Evie Summers: Nana Visitor. Andy Summers: Robin Strand. Tolliver Morgan: Stocker Fontelieu. Tibbs: H (more…)
Sweet's first felony bust is a boyhood friend who claims he broke out of a neighboring county jail to escape a brutal sheriff who's an old pal of Gillespie's. Lisa: Shelley Robertson. Randall: Daryl Wilcher. Mrs. Gray: Tonea Stewart. Sweet: Geoffrey Thorne (more…)
Not everyone at an all-white church supports the minister when he invites the Tibbses to attend a service. Howard Rollins, Carroll O'Connor. Ed Rowen: Jon DeVries. Claire: Joan Riordan. Harris: Roberts Blossom. Lane: Randall Martin.
Bubba doubts the evidence surrounding the suicide of a pal whose 8-year-old son hasn't spoken since witnessing the death. Winston: Whitman Mayo. Cora: Donna Biscoe. Daryl: Kenny Leon. DeLong: Denise Nicholas. Dan Williams: Tim Ware.
Althea lobbies for sex education and child care after a teenage mother is suspected of abandoning her newborn. Shawna: A.J. Johnson. Louise: Rose Weaver. Martin: Czerny Miller. Dan Mackey: Tony Evans. Althea: Anne-Marie Johnson.
While the police investigate the death of a paroled robber with a number of enemies, Bubba's nephew and Althea's niece are becoming fast friends. Nicole: Traci Wolfe. Bobby: Mitchell Anderson. Willie: Mickey Jones. Tibbs: Howard Rollins.
Bubba is knocked unconscious trying to stop an assault on a woman, who claims she hit him as he was trying to rape her. Audrey: Vanessa Bell Calloway. Frances: Jill Jane Clements. DA Sutton: Christopher Allport. Tim Sherman: Ernest Dixon.
A new officer joins a probe into the dumping of a bullet-ridden body in an area where the locals waited at least an hour before notifying the police. Al Bosworth: Randy Hall. Lance Bosworth: Billy Gillespie. Abe Gillins: Freddie Hendricks.
Gillespie fears that the visit of a civil-rights leader may bring an attempt on the man's life from the culprits responsible for Dugan's murder and Gillespie's kidnapping. Crowley: Billy Ray Reynolds. Curt Breynard: Trent Bross. Barriman: John McMurtrey.
The Bottoms seethes with racial tensions when a white cabdriver is found murdered there. Councilwoman Delong: Denise Nicholas. William Jackson: Steve Coulter. DA Darnelle: Wilbur Fitzgerald. Gillespie: Carroll O'Connor. Tibbs: Howard Rollins.
Councilwoman DeLong (Denise Nicholas) is sure of who ordered her sister's murder, but the Chief urges her to let him get the actual killer. Part 1 of two. Willins: Tony Franciscus. Turkus: Marco St. John. Effrem Tally: John Lawhorn. Eric DeLong: Jonathan P (more…)
Conclusion. Willins (Tony Franciscus) reveals Trundel's motive; and Sweet (Geoffrey Thorne) finds---and Trundel's wife sees---the missing photo. Harriet DeLong: Denise Nicholas. Luft: Tom Key. V.J. Trundel: Jordan Williams.
A businessman's illegitimate daughter wants to take him to court if he doesn't increase his support, while someone else wants to take the man's life. Dalton: Ben Murphy. Irene: Marj Dusay. Tibbs: Howard Rollins. Gillespie: Carroll O'Connor.
Racial tensions erupt when Sparta plans to honor their first registered black voter (Deborah Duke). Earle Colmer Sr.: Wallace Merck. Earle Colmer Jr.: Eugene Glasgow. Brent: Charles Lawlor. Darnell: Wilbur Fitzgerald.
A drunk claims his attempt to bribe Sweet was Sweet's idea---and a polygraph backs him up. Merck: Greg Travis. Harriet: Denise Nicholas. Gillespie: Carroll O'Connor. Tibbs: Howard Rollins. Jamison: Hugh O'Connor.
Sweet bristles when doubt is cast on the story of the husband of a friend who was shot to death. Carl Tibbetts: William Schallert. Cleve Rumford: Randy Patrick. Rusty Connors: Benji Wilhoite. Etta: Tonea Stewart. Sweet: Geoffrey Thorne. Tibbs: Howard Rolli (more…)
Sparta police discover a marijuana crop after Bubba and his girlfriend are chased from the area by shotgun fire. Barney: Mark Boone Junior. Darrell: Anthony Haynes. Tibbs: Howard Rollins. Gillespie: Carroll O'Connor.