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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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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.
  • Sun 12/11
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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.
  • Sun 12/11
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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.
  • Sun 12/11
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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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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.
  • Mon 12/12
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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.
  • Mon 12/12
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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.
  • Mon 12/12
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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.
  • Tue 12/13
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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.
  • Tue 12/13
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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.
  • Tue 12/13
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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.
  • Tue 12/13
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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.
  • Wed 12/14
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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.
  • Wed 12/14
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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.
  • Wed 12/14
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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.
  • Wed 12/14
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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.
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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.
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Murder Most Ancient

S03, E03  (First Aired: Nov. 7, 1989)
Chief Gillespie (Carroll O'Connor) attempts to trap a pair of lovers (Grainger Hines, Clare Wren) who have murdered the woman's husband. Guest star: Tim Griffin.
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First Girl

S03, E04  (First Aired: Nov. 14, 1989)
Sparta's first black female cop is killed while on duty, and an angry Chief Gillespie assumes responsibility for tracking down her killer.
  • Thu 12/15
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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.
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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.
  • Sun 12/18
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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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Crackdown

S03, E05  (First Aired: Nov. 21, 1989)
Sweet (Geoffrey Thorne) defies Chief Gillespie (Carroll O'Connor) when he takes a personal interest in saving a 13-year-old crack addict (Dana Barron).
  • Mon 12/19
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Time of the Stranger

S03, E07  (First Aired: Dec. 5, 1989)
The death of a stranger has serious repercussions for Parker when the woman he loves is linked to the unfortunate occurrence.
  • Mon 12/19
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Vengeance

S03, E08  (First Aired: Dec. 12, 1989)
Bubba (Alan Autry) becomes a target after fatally shooting a former Spartan during an attempted robbery. With Carroll O'Connor and Howard Rollins.
  • Mon 12/19
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My Name Is Hank

S03, E09  (First Aired: Dec. 19, 1989)
An Amerasian suspected of robbery and murder claims to be the son of a former Sparta cop. With Carroll O'Connor and Howard Rollins.
  • Mon 12/19
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King's Ransom

S03, E10  (First Aired: Jan. 2, 1990)
A down-and-out former boxer decides to earn his living by blackmailing an organized-crime faction over a murder he once witnessed.
  • Tue 12/20
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Epitaph for a Lady

S03, E11  (First Aired: Jan. 16, 1990)
After the wife of a close friend dies because of a doctor's misdiagnosis, Gillespie fights his suspicions when the doctor is murdered.
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Triangle

S03, E12  (First Aired: Jan. 23, 1990)
A murderer (John Diehl) is on the run, and Gillespie (Carroll O'Connor) does everything he can to prevent him from killing again. With Alan Autry.
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Hello in There

S03, E13  (First Aired: Jan. 30, 1990)
A councilwoman (Denise Nicholas) tries art therapy on a mute boy who may have witnessed his father's murder.
  • Tue 12/20
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December Days

S03, E14  (First Aired: Feb. 13, 1990)
A retired detective (Ken Curtis) assists Gillespie's probe of a murder at a rest home; guest Louise Fletcher.
  • Wed 12/21
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A Loss of Innocence

S03, E15  (First Aired: Feb. 20, 1990)
Althea suspects a student has problems at home, then learns one parent is dead, the other is missing.
  • Wed 12/21
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Bubba's Baby

S03, E16  (First Aired: Feb. 27, 1990)
Bubba downplays the gossip that he is the father of a baby left on his doorstep; blackmail and murder surface in the search for the baby's parents.
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Home Is Where the Heart Is

S03, E17  (First Aired: Mar. 6, 1990)
When a fundamentalist preacher is found dead, an ironclad alibi prevents Gillespie from pursuing the case against a traveling madam.
  • Wed 12/21
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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.
  • Thu 12/22
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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.
  • Thu 12/22
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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.
  • Thu 12/22
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Blessings

S04, E13  (First Aired: Dec. 18, 1990)
A local reporter (Judith Robinson) writes an article on an unconsenting Chief Gillespie (Carroll O'Connor), who suspects her motives. With Howard Rollins and Alan Autry.
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