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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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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.
  • Wed 10/18
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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.
  • Wed 10/18
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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.
  • Thu 10/19
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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.
  • Thu 10/19
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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.
  • Mon 10/23
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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.
  • Mon 10/23
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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.
  • Mon 10/23
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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).
  • Tue 10/24
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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.
  • Tue 10/24
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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.
  • Tue 10/24
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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.
  • Wed 10/25
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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.
  • Wed 10/25
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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.
  • Wed 10/25
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Ladybug, Ladybug

S02, E20  (First Aired: May. 2, 1989)
Capt. Dugan (Joe Don Baker) keeps close tabs on Tibbs (Howard Rollins), who is searching for a lethal arsonist.
  • Thu 10/26
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The Pigwoman of Sparta

S02, E21  (First Aired: May. 9, 1989)
An odd character (Shirley Stoler) becomes a suspect when a skeleton is found on a wealthy eccentric's property. With Howard Rollins and Joe Don Baker.
  • Thu 10/26
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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.
  • Thu 10/26
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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.
  • Thu 10/26
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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 10/29
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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 10/29
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No Episode Title

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