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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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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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Obsession

S05, E03  (First Aired: Oct. 22, 1991)
Gillespie and Tibbs meet legal resistance trying to protect a high-school teacher from a disturbed admirer.
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Liar's Poker

S05, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 29, 1991)
Gillespie attempts to prove the innocence of a prostitute charged with murdering one of Sparta's wealthiest citizens.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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No Episode Title

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