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In the Heat of the Night

In the Heat of the Night

Carroll O'Connor stars as a small-town police chief (and later a sheriff) in fictional Sparta, Miss. For a small town, Sparta has its share of murder, rape, corruption, racism and drunken driving, so O'Connor's Chief William Gillespie has his hands full. The TV series is based on the novel and film of the same name.

Premiere:
Mar 06, 1988
Original Network:
NBC
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Pilot

S01, E01  (First Aired: Mar. 6, 1988)
Politics motivates the mayor to have Gillespie and newcomer Tibbs investigate, together, a high-school girl's murder.
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Pilot

S01, E02  (First Aired: Mar. 6, 1988)
Politics motivates the mayor to have Gillespie and newcomer Tibbs investigate, together, a high-school girl's murder.
  • Mon 11/27
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Road Kill

S01, E03  (First Aired: Mar. 15, 1988)
Gillespie and Tibbs (Carroll O'Connor, Howard Rollins) are at odds when Virgil suspects that the chief's friend is a murderer. Lane Smith and Gail O'Grady guest star.
  • Mon 11/27
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Fate

S01, E04  (First Aired: Mar. 22, 1988)
Tension mounts when a black businessman is rumored to be romancing the married white owner of a newspaper.
  • Mon 11/27
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Blind Spot

S01, E05  (First Aired: Mar. 29, 1988)
A supply of cocaine, a double disappearance and Virgil's reluctance to forget a grudge are somehow linked together.
  • Tue 11/28
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Blind Spot

S01, E06  (First Aired: Apr. 5, 1988)
Virgil narrowly escapes death at the hands of Richie Epson's henchmen, but Gillespie still hasn't garnered enough evidence to prove Epson is a major drug supplier.
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A Necessary Evil

S01, E07  (First Aired: Apr. 12, 1988)
The six wives of an imprisoned polygamist bring him gifts of food, only to become murder suspects when the man dies of poisoning.
  • Tue 11/28
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And Then You Die ...

S01, E08  (First Aired: May. 3, 1988)
A murderous escaped convict (Will Bledsoe) and his girlfriend take Althea (Anne-Marie Johnson) and a boy hostage.
  • Tue 11/28
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Don't Look Back

S02, E01  (First Aired: Dec. 4, 1988)
As Tibbs and Gillespie fight for control of the department, a murderer re-creating an old voodoo case stalks Gillespie.
  • Wed 11/29
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Don't Look Back

S02, E02  (First Aired: Dec. 4, 1988)
As Tibbs and Gillespie fight for control of the department, a murderer re-creating an old voodoo case stalks Gillespie.
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Family Secrets

S02, E03  (First Aired: Dec. 6, 1988)
A woman (Susan Blakely) who is accused of patricide claims she was a victim of incest. With Carroll O'Connor, Howard Rollins.
  • Wed 11/29
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The Hammer and the Glove

S02, E04  (First Aired: Dec. 13, 1988)
During Tibbs' old partner's (Michael Warren) visit two FBI agents and a protected witness are murdered.
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Prisoners

S02, E05  (First Aired: Dec. 22, 1988)
Gillespie (Carroll O'Connor) suspects Sheriff Thompson (Ed Ames), an old friend, may be responsible for a man's death. With Howard Rollins and Geoffrey Thorne.
  • Thu 11/30
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Hot Nights

S02, E06  (First Aired: Dec. 27, 1988)
Bubba (Alan Autry) falls in love with a deceitful siren (Barbara Stock). With Carroll O'Connor and Howard Rollins.
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Gunshots

S02, E07  (First Aired: Jan. 3, 1989)
Virgil (Howard Rollins) questions his abilities after he fatally shoots a robbery suspect. With Carroll O'Connor.
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Country Mouse, City Mouse

S02, E08  (First Aired: Jan. 10, 1989)
Tibbs' niece and Bubba's nephew witness a crime and try to prove a dangerous parolee is not dead, as believed.
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Stranger in Town

S02, E09  (First Aired: Jan. 17, 1989)
The murder of a young prostitute leads Gillespie and Tibbs (Carroll O'Connor, Howard Rollins) to different suspects. Guest stars: Eric Pierpoint, Renee Jones.
  • Fri 12/1
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Tear Down the Walls

S02, E10  (First Aired: Jan. 31, 1989)
Tibbs (Howard Rollins) suspects racism played a part in the mysterious death of a progressive minister (J. Don Ferguson). With Carroll O'Connor.
  • Fri 12/1
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A Trip Upstate

S02, E11  (First Aired: Feb. 7, 1989)
A condemned man asks Gillespie (Carroll O'Connor) to visit him the evening before his execution. With Howard Rollins.
  • Fri 12/1
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AKA Kelly Kay

S02, E12  (First Aired: Feb. 14, 1989)
Joann (Lois Nettleton) makes a shocking confession to Gillespie (Carroll O'Connor) when her life is endangered by an escaped convict (Kevin Conway).
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These Things Take Time

S02, E13  (First Aired: Feb. 21, 1989)
Despite the evidence, Gillespie and Tibbs do not believe a teenage mother was responsible for the death of her abandoned infant.
  • Sun 12/3
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Intruders

S02, E14  (First Aired: Mar. 7, 1989)
Tibbs' father-in-law creates friction; Gillespie placates a city council angry over attacks on senior citizens.
  • Sun 12/3
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The Creek

S02, E15  (First Aired: Mar. 14, 1989)
Gillespie (Carroll O'Connor) believes an assault victim (guest star Caryn West) is lying about her attacker. With Howard Rollins.
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Sister, Sister

S02, E16  (First Aired: Mar. 21, 1989)
Two feuding sisters become murder suspects when it is discovered that their father died from poisoning, not heart failure.
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Walkout

S02, E17  (First Aired: Mar. 28, 1989)
An ambitious councilman (O.J. Simpson) won't support black workers who crossed an all-white picket line.
  • Mon 12/4
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Accused

S02, E18  (First Aired: Apr. 4, 1989)
Bubba (Alan Autry) is accused of the violent rape of a young black woman (Vanessa Bell Calloway). With Carroll O'Connor and Howard Rollins.
  • Mon 12/4
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Fifteen Forever

S02, E19  (First Aired: Apr. 25, 1989)
Filling in for Gillespie, a retired captain (Joe Don Baker) searches for a drunken driver who killed three teens.
  • Tue 12/5
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Ladybug, Ladybug

S02, E20  (First Aired: May. 2, 1989)
Capt. Dugan (Joe Don Baker) keeps close tabs on Tibbs (Howard Rollins), who is searching for a lethal arsonist.
  • Tue 12/5
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Missing

S02, E22  (First Aired: May. 16, 1989)
When Chief Gillespie (Carroll O'Connor) is kidnapped, Virgil (Howard Rollins) suspects Capt. Dugan (Joe Don Baker) has inside information.
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Anniversary

S03, E06  (First Aired: Nov. 28, 1989)
Released by his kidnappers, Chief Gillespie hunts for Dugan's killers while attempting to prevent the assassination of a civil rights leader.
  • Tue 12/5
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The Pigwoman of Sparta

S02, E21  (First Aired: May. 9, 1989)
An odd character (Shirley Stoler) becomes a suspect when a skeleton is found on a wealthy eccentric's property. With Howard Rollins and Joe Don Baker.
  • Wed 12/6
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Rape

S03, E01  (First Aired: Oct. 24, 1989)
Althea is raped by an acquaintance, and Tibbs is faced with the possibility that they do not have enough evidence to prosecute the man.
  • Wed 12/6
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The Fairest of Them All

S03, E02  (First Aired: Oct. 31, 1989)
After a beauty contestant suffers what appears to be an accidental death, Gillespie and Virgil discover otherwise and fight to uncover the perpetrators.
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Murder Most Ancient

S03, E03  (First Aired: Nov. 7, 1989)
Chief Gillespie (Carroll O'Connor) attempts to trap a pair of lovers (Grainger Hines, Clare Wren) who have murdered the woman's husband. Guest star: Tim Griffin.
  • Wed 12/6
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First Girl

S03, E04  (First Aired: Nov. 14, 1989)
Sparta's first black female cop is killed while on duty, and an angry Chief Gillespie assumes responsibility for tracking down her killer.
  • Thu 12/7
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Crackdown

S03, E05  (First Aired: Nov. 21, 1989)
Sweet (Geoffrey Thorne) defies Chief Gillespie (Carroll O'Connor) when he takes a personal interest in saving a 13-year-old crack addict (Dana Barron).
  • Thu 12/7
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Time of the Stranger

S03, E07  (First Aired: Dec. 5, 1989)
The death of a stranger has serious repercussions for Parker when the woman he loves is linked to the unfortunate occurrence.
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Vengeance

S03, E08  (First Aired: Dec. 12, 1989)
Bubba (Alan Autry) becomes a target after fatally shooting a former Spartan during an attempted robbery. With Carroll O'Connor and Howard Rollins.
  • Thu 12/7
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