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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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Execution of Trust

S04, E15  (First Aired: Jan. 15, 1991)
A psychiatrist protects a patient who confessed to a murder for which an innocent man stands to be executed.
  • Sun 12/17
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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.
  • Sun 12/17
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
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Paper Castles

S04, E17  (First Aired: Feb. 12, 1991)
Virgil suspects the promoters of a crooked real estate deal in the murder of his friend, even though their alibi appears to be airtight.
  • Mon 12/18
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Laid to Waste

S04, E18  (First Aired: Feb. 19, 1991)
A young blind woman reports hearing what she thinks is a murder, but Gillespie and Tibbs cannot find a body.
  • Mon 12/18
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First Deadly Sin

S04, E19  (First Aired: Feb. 26, 1991)
A man prohibits his son from contacting the police after the boy witnesses a rape, fearing it will affect his future.
  • Mon 12/18
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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.
  • Mon 12/18
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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.
  • Tue 12/19
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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.
  • Tue 12/19
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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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 12/19
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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 12/19
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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 12/20
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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 12/20
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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 12/20
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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 12/20
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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 12/21
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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 12/21
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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 12/21
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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.
  • Thu 12/21
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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.
  • Fri 12/22
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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.
  • Fri 12/22
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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.
  • Fri 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.
  • Fri 12/22
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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 12/26
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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 12/26
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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 12/26
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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.
  • Tue 12/26
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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.
  • Wed 12/27
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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 12/27
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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 12/27
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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 12/27
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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 12/28
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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 12/28
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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 12/28
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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 12/28
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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.
  • Fri 12/29
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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.
  • Fri 12/29
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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.
  • Fri 12/29
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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.
  • Fri 12/29
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