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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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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.
  • Wed 6/29
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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.
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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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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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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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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.
  • Sun 7/3
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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.
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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.
  • Sun 7/3
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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.
  • Sun 7/3
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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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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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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.
  • Tue 7/5
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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.
  • Wed 7/6
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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.
  • Wed 7/6
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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.
  • Wed 7/6
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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.
  • Wed 7/6
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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.
  • Thu 7/7
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No Episode Title

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