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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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First Deadly Sin

S04, E19  (First Aired: Feb. 26, 1991)
A man prohibits his son from contacting the police after the boy witnesses a rape, fearing it will affect his future.
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Just a Country Boy

S04, E20  (First Aired: Mar. 19, 1991)
Bubba and an insurance investigator (Debra Sandlund) search Los Angeles for a bail jumper from Sparta.
  • Fri 7/28
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No Other Road

S04, E21  (First Aired: Mar. 26, 1991)
Lonnie Jamison and Virgil show a despondent Eugene DeLong, whose father is facing the death penalty for murder, that life continues.
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A Turning

S04, E22  (First Aired: Apr. 30, 1991)
Gillespie and Tibbs track the killers of two drug dealers; Althea worries about the dangers Virgil faces and suggests he change careers.
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A Woman Much Admired

S05, E01  (First Aired: Oct. 1, 1991)
While investigating the death of the woman he once loved, Gillespie meets his daughter for the first time.
  • Mon 7/31
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Ruda's Awakening

S05, E05  (First Aired: Nov. 5, 1991)
Virgil's Aunt Ruda observes the shooting of a black man who was resisting arrest, but her rage clouds her recollection of the incident.
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Unfinished Business

S05, E06  (First Aired: Nov. 12, 1991)
While in Los Angeles to testify in an organized-crime case, Bubba tries to protect a boy who is the state's key witness.
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Sweet, Sweet Blues

S05, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 26, 1991)
A blues singer (Bobby Short) claims he witnessed the 40-year-old race-motivated slaying of Sweet's grandfather.
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Sparta Gold

S05, E09  (First Aired: Dec. 3, 1991)
When Bubba stumbles upon a marijuana farm in a neighboring county, he finds local law officers less than cooperative in smoking out the growers.
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An Eye for an Eye

S05, E10  (First Aired: Dec. 10, 1991)
Gillespie and Virgil try to outwit FBI agents who are searching for the man who kidnapped the daughter of District Attorney Darnelle.
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The Littlest Victim

S05, E11  (First Aired: Dec. 17, 1991)
Officer Jamison encounters a violent robbery suspect while attempting to rescue an infant from a negligent, alcoholic mother.
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The Landlord

S05, E12  (First Aired: Jan. 7, 1992)
Gillespie is leery of the evidence in the murder of an abusive landlord (Hunter Van Leer). Directed by Larry Hagman.
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Fool for Love

S05, E13  (First Aired: Jan. 14, 1992)
Gillespie and Virgil become suspicious of a local doctor who implicates his mistress in the death of his wealthy but invalid wife.
  • Thu 8/3
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Love, Honor and Obey

S05, E14  (First Aired: Feb. 4, 1992)
While investigating an assault, Parker discovers an abused woman whose husband holds the key to her life -- or death.
  • Thu 8/3
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Odessa

S05, E15  (First Aired: Feb. 11, 1992)
The police department attempts to prevent racial incidents when the city honors the first black woman to register to vote in Sparta.
  • Fri 8/4
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A Time to Trust

S05, E16  (First Aired: Feb. 18, 1992)
Althea is at odds with Virgil over his pursuit of a suspected drug dealer because it threatens to break up the home life of one of her students.
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By Means Most Foul

S05, E17  (First Aired: Feb. 25, 1992)
A suspected revenge bombing may be a smoke screen for a restaurateur's (Shannon Eubanks) insurance scam.
  • Fri 8/4
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(First Aired: Mar. 6, 1988)
Investigators tackle difficult cases.
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