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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 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.
  • Tue 8/30
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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.
  • Tue 8/30
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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.
  • Wed 8/31
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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.
  • Wed 8/31
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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.
  • Wed 8/31
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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.
  • Wed 8/31
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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.
  • Thu 9/1
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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.
  • Thu 9/1
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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.
  • Thu 9/1
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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.
  • Thu 9/1
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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.
  • Sun 9/4
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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.
  • Mon 9/5
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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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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.
  • Mon 9/5
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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.
  • Mon 9/5
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Child of Promise

S04, E16  (First Aired: Feb. 5, 1991)
Virgil's arrest of a young drug pusher has serious side effects for the youth's family, particularly his brother, and for Althea.
  • Mon 9/5
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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.
  • Mon 9/5
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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.
  • Mon 9/5
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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 9/5
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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.
  • Tue 9/6
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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.
  • Tue 9/6
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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.
  • Tue 9/6
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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.
  • Tue 9/6
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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.
  • Wed 9/7
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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.
  • Wed 9/7
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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.
  • Wed 9/7
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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.
  • Wed 9/7
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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.
  • Thu 9/8
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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.
  • Thu 9/8
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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.
  • Thu 9/8
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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.
  • Thu 9/8
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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.
  • Sun 9/11
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The Fairest of Them All

S03, E02  (First Aired: Oct. 31, 1989)
After a beauty contestant suffers what appears to be an accidental death, Gillespie and Virgil discover otherwise and fight to uncover the perpetrators.
  • Sun 9/11
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No Episode Title

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