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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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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.
  • Sat 3/25
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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.
  • Sat 3/25
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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.
  • Sat 3/25
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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.
  • Mon 3/27
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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.
  • Mon 3/27
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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.
  • Mon 3/27
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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.
  • Mon 3/27
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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.
  • Mon 3/27
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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.
  • Mon 3/27
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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.
  • Tue 3/28
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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.
  • Tue 3/28
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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.
  • Wed 3/29
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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.
  • Wed 3/29
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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.
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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.
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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.
  • Wed 3/29
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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.
  • Wed 3/29
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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.
  • Sat 4/1
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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.
  • Sat 4/1
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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.
  • Sat 4/1
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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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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.
  • Sat 4/1
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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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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 4/3
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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.
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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.
  • Mon 4/3
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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.
  • Mon 4/3
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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.
  • Mon 4/3
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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.
  • Mon 4/3
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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.
  • Tue 4/4
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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.
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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.
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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.
  • Wed 4/5
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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.
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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.
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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.
  • Wed 4/5
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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.
  • Wed 4/5
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