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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 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.
  • Wed 1/18
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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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.
  • Wed 1/18
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
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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.
  • Wed 1/18
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
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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.
  • Wed 1/18
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
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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.
  • Thu 1/19
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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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.
  • Thu 1/19
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
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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.
  • Thu 1/19
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
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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.
  • Thu 1/19
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
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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.
  • Mon 1/23
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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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.
  • Mon 1/23
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
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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.
  • Mon 1/23
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
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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.
  • Mon 1/23
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
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No Episode Title

(First Aired: Mar. 6, 1988)
Investigators tackle difficult cases.
  • Wed 1/25
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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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.
  • Wed 1/25
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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No Episode Title

(First Aired: Mar. 6, 1988)
Investigators tackle difficult cases.
  • Wed 1/25
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 12
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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.
  • Wed 1/25
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
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No Episode Title

(First Aired: Mar. 6, 1988)
Investigators tackle difficult cases.
  • Wed 1/25
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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.
  • Wed 1/25
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
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No Episode Title

(First Aired: Mar. 6, 1988)
Investigators tackle difficult cases.
  • Wed 1/25
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
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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.
  • Wed 1/25
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
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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.
  • Thu 1/26
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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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.
  • Thu 1/26
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
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A Correct Settling

S06, E22  (First Aired: May. 12, 1993)
Harriet consults Gillespie after she reluctantly agrees to help her son get his imprisoned father's murder conviction reversed.
  • Thu 1/26
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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.
  • Thu 1/26
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An Angry Woman

S03, E18  (First Aired: Mar. 13, 1990)
Althea finds a woman's death especially tragic, and Gillespie investigates whether the woman's ex-husband ran her down.
  • Sat 1/28
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
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Indiscretions

S03, E19  (First Aired: Mar. 20, 1990)
Althea (Anne-Marie Johnson) does not know that a visiting friend (Patrice Chanel) is a fugitive from justice. With Carroll O'Connor.
  • Sat 1/28
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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.
  • Sat 1/28
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Citizen Trundel

S03, E21  (First Aired: May. 1, 1990)
Chief Gillespie refuses to point out the obvious suspect in the murder of Councilwoman DeLong's sister.
  • Sun 1/29
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
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Citizen Trundel

S03, E22  (First Aired: May. 8, 1990)
Councilwoman DeLong ventures outside Sparta to find the powerful figure responsible for her sister's murder.
  • Sun 1/29
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
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Family Matters

S04, E11  (First Aired: Dec. 4, 1990)
Virgil's cousin is the prime suspect in a robbery-murder, complicating Virgil's attempts to reconcile his aunt with the family.
  • Sun 1/29
  • 11:00AM-12:00PM
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Give Me Your Life

(First Aired: May. 11, 1994)
As Bill and Harriet prepare for their honeymoon, a cult leader's (Peter Fonda) activities get the attention of Forbes.
  • Sun 1/29
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A Matter of Justice

S08, E01  (First Aired: Oct. 21, 1994)
The trail of a serial killer leads the sheriff and police chief to a prominent citizen in Sparta, Miss.
  • Sun 1/29
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Bounty Hunter

S04, E12  (First Aired: Dec. 11, 1990)
Gillespie must stop a hired bounty hunter who plans to kill a Sparta man wanted for questioning in a Houston murder.
  • Sun 1/29
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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.
  • Sun 1/29
  • 5:00PM-6:00PM
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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.
  • Mon 1/30
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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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.
  • Mon 1/30
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
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A Depraved Heart

S07, E04  (First Aired: Sep. 23, 1993)
Bubba's friend Lorie Foster is accused of murder following the death of the man who infected her with AIDS.
  • Mon 1/30
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Incident at Brewer's Pond

S07, E05  (First Aired: Sep. 30, 1993)
A mysterious caller leads police to a body at the bottom of a pond; guests Steve Kanaly, Shannon Eubanks.
  • Mon 1/30
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
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A Love Lost

S07, E06  (First Aired: Oct. 14, 1993)
Sheriff Gillespie's daughter suspects her boyfriend may be involved with the distribution of illegal automatic weapons.
  • Tue 1/31
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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Singing the Blues

S07, E07  (First Aired: Oct. 28, 1993)
Officer LuAnn Corbin (Crystal Fox) tries to help when her boyfriend (Willie Gault) is blackmailed by a drug dealer (Judson Vaughn).
  • Tue 1/31
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
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Virgil Tibbs, Attorney at Law

S07, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 4, 1993)
Tibbs returns to Sparta with a law degree, news of his failed marriage, and a murder suspect to defend.
  • Tue 1/31
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Every Man's Family

S07, E09  (First Aired: Nov. 10, 1993)
Bubba (Alan Autry) pursues a drug dealer (Damon Pooser) while his nephew lies in a coma from a heroin overdose.
  • Tue 1/31
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