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 5, Episode 5 Ruda's Awakening

First Aired: November 5, 1991

When Bubba's struggle with a teenage burgular ends in the boy's death, Tibbs' vengeful aunt (Fran Bennett) reports that she's witnessed a murder. Bubba: Alan Autry. Gillespie: Carroll O'Connor. Sweet: Geoffrey Thorne. 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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