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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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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.
  • Tue 6/27
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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.
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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.
  • Tue 6/27
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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).
  • Wed 6/28
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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.
  • Wed 6/28
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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.
  • Thu 6/29
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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.
  • Thu 6/29
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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.
  • Fri 6/30
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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.
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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.
  • Fri 6/30
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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 7/5
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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.
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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.
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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.
  • Thu 7/6
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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.
  • Fri 7/7
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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).
  • Fri 7/7
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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.
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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.
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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.
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No Episode Title

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