In the Heat of the Night

A white Southern police chief and a black detective put aside racial animosity to solve crimes in a Mississippi hamlet. This tense drama was inspired by the Oscar-winning 1967 film, which was based on John Ball's 1965 novel. Despite the occasional health-related absences of star Carroll O'Connor (Joe Don Baker and Carl Weathers each briefly filled the c (more…)

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Season 3, Episode 20 Night of the Killing

First Aired: March 27, 1990

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.

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  • Premiered: October 28, 1992
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: A white Southern police chief and a black detective put aside racial animosity to solve crimes in a Mississippi hamlet. This tense drama was inspired by the Oscar-winning 1967 film, which was based on John Ball's 1965 novel. Despite the occasional health-r… (more)

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