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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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Trundel's Will Be Done

S05, E18  (First Aired: Mar. 3, 1992)
Harriet DeLong asks Chief Gillespie to mediate a custody dispute when a wealthy woman attempts to take guardianship of her nephew.
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Moseley's Lot

S05, E19  (First Aired: Mar. 31, 1992)
A man (Warren Kendrick) comes to his son's (Justin Lazard) rescue when the lad is caught gambling with someone else's money. With Carroll O'Connor.
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Family Reunion

S05, E20  (First Aired: Apr. 7, 1992)
An insurance investigator's murder points to an ex-convict (Robert Donner) seeking his 14-year-old stash.
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A Frenzied Affair

S06, E04  (First Aired: Nov. 18, 1992)
Gillespie and Virgil search for the killer of a married man who was having an affair with a high-school student.
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Sanctuary

S05, E21  (First Aired: May. 12, 1992)
Tibbs and Gillespie are charged with obstruction of justice when they aid a fugitive who wishes to avoid returning to his homeland and certain death.
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The Law on Trial

S05, E22  (First Aired: May. 19, 1992)
Gillespie and Tibbs are tried on charges that their actions led to the death of the fugitive they were trying to save from deportation.
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Brother's Keeper

S06, E03  (First Aired: Nov. 11, 1992)
Officer Corbin is forced to pursue her ex-con brother when he returns to Sparta and becomes a suspect in a robbery.
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Discovery

S06, E05  (First Aired: Nov. 18, 1992)
Althea goes into a deep depression sparked by the suicide of a troubled student while his former girlfriend falls for a biker.
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A Small War

S06, E01  (First Aired: Oct. 28, 1992)
Councilwoman DeLong's son objects to her romance with Chief Gillespie and refuses to cooperate after witnessing the gang-style execution of his best friend.
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A Small War

S06, E02  (First Aired: Nov. 4, 1992)
Chief Gillespie is caught between Harriet and her son when Eugene agrees to identify the gang members responsible for his best friend's murder.
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Random's Child

S06, E06  (First Aired: Nov. 25, 1992)
Gillespie tries to befriend the daughter he never knew when she returns to Sparta to settle her deceased mother's estate.
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An Occupational Hazard

S06, E07  (First Aired: Dec. 2, 1992)
Althea withholds the truth about a murder from Virgil when a friend confides that she killed her boss during a sexual attack.
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Last Rights

S06, E08  (First Aired: Dec. 9, 1992)
A doctor who is treating Virgil's terminally ill aunt falls under suspicion when Chief Gillespie investigates a series of mercy killings.
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When the Music Stopped

S06, E09  (First Aired: Dec. 16, 1992)
A country singer (Robert Goulet) accused of stealing songs accidentally kills his accuser; guest Gary Crosby.
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Flowers From a Lady

S06, E10  (First Aired: Jan. 6, 1993)
DeLong warns Gillespie about a carjacking victim, a lawyer (Linda Gehringer) who has taken a romantic interest in Bubba.
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Private Sessions

S06, E11  (First Aired: Jan. 13, 1993)
Virgil's investigation into the apparent suicide of a waitress leads him to an old college acquaintance who was the last person to be seen with the victim.
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Judgment Day

S06, E12  (First Aired: Jan. 20, 1993)
A local judge running for public office frames an ex-con for the murder of his alcoholic wife and kills him, claiming self-defense.
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Falsely Accused

S06, E13  (First Aired: Feb. 3, 1993)
Sgt. Sweet is accused of soliciting a bribe by two men who created a disturbance outside a private party that ejected them for insulting Harriet.
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A Step Removed

S06, E14  (First Aired: Feb. 10, 1993)
Parker Williams is placed in a difficult position when his hot-tempered stepfather is arrested for the murder of his former employer.
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Deadly Affection

S06, E15  (First Aired: Feb. 17, 1993)
Gillespie worries about Harriet's involvement in a landlord dispute case when he learns her client was acquainted with a murder victim.
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The Leftover Man

S06, E16  (First Aired: Mar. 3, 1993)
A sniper kills a white supremacist's campaign manager who staged, for sympathy votes, an attempt on his candidate's life.
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The Leftover Man

S06, E17  (First Aired: Mar. 3, 1993)
A sniper kills a white supremacist's campaign manager who staged, for sympathy votes, an attempt on his candidate's life.
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A Dish Best Served Cold

S06, E18  (First Aired: Mar. 17, 1993)
A woman wants to reopen the 20-year-old case of a man who embezzled from her late husband; guest Karen Black.
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Legacy

S06, E19  (First Aired: Mar. 24, 1993)
A businessman gives up land his father willed to a black sharecropper, raising tensions in Sparta. Written by Denise Nicholas.
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Even Nice People

S06, E20  (First Aired: Apr. 28, 1993)
Mobsters buying land near Sparta try to drive Gillespie's daughter from her home; guest Burgess Meredith.
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Lake Winahatchie

S06, E21  (First Aired: May. 5, 1993)
Gillespie discovers a major New Orleans mob real estate scam is behind the scheme to force his daughter from her home and acquire her land.
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Child's Play

S07, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 16, 1993)
After threatening two boys (John Aaron Bennett, Zach McLemore) who trespassed on his property, a dangerous man (Jason Byce) is shot dead in his home. With Carroll O'Connor.
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Hatton's Turn

S07, E02  (First Aired: Sep. 18, 1993)
Gillespie becomes sheriff; the murders of two Spartans link to a mentally impaired youth; guests Stacy Keach, Burgess Meredith.
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Hatton's Turn

S07, E03  (First Aired: Sep. 18, 1993)
Gillespie becomes sheriff; the murders of two Spartans link to a mentally impaired youth; guests Stacy Keach, Burgess Meredith.
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No Episode Title

(First Aired: Mar. 6, 1988)
Investigators tackle difficult cases.
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