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 4, Episode 8 Homecoming

First Aired: November 13, 1990

Gillespie and Tibbs investigate the murder of a parolee who returned to Sparta despite death threats. Sheila Meredith: Karen Carlson. Hubie Meredith: Greg Mullavey. Prosper Hoag: Pierre Perea. Emory Tanner: Sonny Shroyer. Tibbs: Howard Rollins. Gillespie: Carroll O'Connor.

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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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