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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Night of the Killing

S03, E20  (First Aired: Mar. 27, 1990)
Tempers flare over the arrest of a black man (Steve Coulter) suspected of murder. With Howard Rollins and Carroll O'Connor.
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Lessons Learned

S04, E03  (First Aired: Sep. 25, 1990)
Chief Gillespie is shocked by the seemingly uncaring reaction of the father of a murdered teenage prostitute.
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Brotherly Love

S04, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 18, 1990)
While in Philadelphia to investigate a former partner's death, Virgil (Howard Rollins) is arrested for the murder of a city cop.
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Brotherly Love

S04, E02  (First Aired: Sep. 18, 1990)
Gillespie travels to Philadelphia to help Tibbs, who has been arrested for a murder he did not commit.
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Perversions of Justice

S04, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 2, 1990)
Gillespie tries to calm public furor while investigating charges a science teacher molested a student.
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... And Justice for Some

S04, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 23, 1990)
Gillespie and Virgil have different game plans concerning the fate of a federal criminal who is linked to a local hit-and-run case.
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A Problem Too Personal

S04, E09  (First Aired: Nov. 20, 1990)
Gillespie appears to be apathetic about prosecuting Harriet DeLong's ex-husband, who has been arrested on a murder and robbery charge.
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A Final Arrangement

S04, E10  (First Aired: Nov. 27, 1990)
All signs point to bookstore owner Carl Tibbitts as a suspect in his wife's murder, but Sweet believes in his friend's innocence.
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Blessings

S04, E13  (First Aired: Dec. 18, 1990)
A local reporter (Judith Robinson) writes an article on an unconsenting Chief Gillespie (Carroll O'Connor), who suspects her motives. With Howard Rollins and Alan Autry.
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Shine on Sparta Moon

S04, E14  (First Aired: Jan. 8, 1991)
An accident related to moonshine whiskey blinds a high-school football star and kills his girlfriend.
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Paper Castles

S04, E17  (First Aired: Feb. 12, 1991)
Virgil suspects the promoters of a crooked real estate deal in the murder of his friend, even though their alibi appears to be airtight.
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Laid to Waste

S04, E18  (First Aired: Feb. 19, 1991)
A young blind woman reports hearing what she thinks is a murder, but Gillespie and Tibbs cannot find a body.
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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.
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Baby for Sale

S05, E02  (First Aired: Oct. 8, 1991)
A friend of Bubba's, fearing the loss of his adopted son, is coerced by the boy's biological father into committing a fatal armed robbery.
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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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The More Things Change

S05, E07  (First Aired: Nov. 19, 1991)
A woman is the prime suspect in the murder of her father, while a more likely culprit continues an affair with the dead man's wife.
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