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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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Virgil Tibbs, Attorney at Law

S07, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 4, 1993)
Tibbs returns to Sparta with a law degree, news of his failed marriage, and a murder suspect to defend.
  • Fri 11/17
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

Brotherly Love

S04, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 18, 1990)
While in Philadelphia to investigate a former partner's death, Virgil (Howard Rollins) is arrested for the murder of a city cop.
  • Sat 11/18
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 307
  • WGNA

Brotherly Love

S04, E02  (First Aired: Sep. 18, 1990)
Gillespie travels to Philadelphia to help Tibbs, who has been arrested for a murder he did not commit.
  • Sat 11/18
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 307
  • WGNA

Every Man's Family

S07, E09  (First Aired: Nov. 10, 1993)
Bubba (Alan Autry) pursues a drug dealer (Damon Pooser) while his nephew lies in a coma from a heroin overdose.
  • Sun 11/19
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 307
  • WGNA

A Baby Called Rocket

S07, E10  (First Aired: Nov. 25, 1993)
LuAnn takes in an abandoned baby found in a crack house; the welfare agency wants the child returned to its addict mother.
  • Sun 11/19
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 307
  • WGNA

Little Girl Lost

S07, E11  (First Aired: Dec. 9, 1993)
A woman with a history of emotional problems and drunken driving is involved in a girl's hit-and-run death.
  • Mon 11/20
  • 11:00AM-12:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

Your Own Kind

S07, E12  (First Aired: Dec. 16, 1993)
An interracial relationship between two teens stirs up strong emotions when the girl is shot in the back.
  • Mon 11/20
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

Good Cop, Bad Cop

S07, E13  (First Aired: Jan. 6, 1994)
Tibbs (Howard Rollins) defends Parker against charges he assaulted an ex-girlfriend's (Victoria Jackson) fiance.
  • Mon 11/20
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

Maybelle Returns

S07, E14  (First Aired: Jan. 12, 1994)
A former madam returns to Sparta to run a phone-sex service and assures police that her employees are doing nothing illegal.
  • Mon 11/20
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

The Last Round

S07, E15  (First Aired: Jan. 19, 1994)
Chief Forbes' fiancee arrives in Sparta to give him an ultimatum about their relationship; Forbes' young boxing protege commits a burglary.
  • Tue 11/21
  • 11:00AM-12:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

Ches and the Grand Lady

S07, E16  (First Aired: Jan. 26, 1994)
Threats against a blues singer (Bobby Short) coincide with the arrival in Sparta of his biggest fan, a wealthy heiress (Jean Simmons).
  • Tue 11/21
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

Conspiracy of One

S07, E17  (First Aired: Feb. 2, 1994)
A client who murdered his wife accuses counselor Tibbs of encouraging a police investigation, prompting Tibbs' resignation from his firm.
  • Tue 11/21
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

The Rabbi

S07, E18  (First Aired: Feb. 9, 1994)
Gillespie confronts Sparta's racist past after a synagogue is vandalized; guests Jerry Stiller; Mindy Rickles.
  • Tue 11/21
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

Hard Choices

S07, E19  (First Aired: Mar. 16, 1994)
Harriet DeLong's son Eugene witnesses a robbery in which a store owner is wounded and his friend is involved.
  • Wed 11/22
  • 11:00AM-12:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

Time's Long Shadow

S07, E20  (First Aired: Mar. 16, 1994)
The discovery of slave artifacts at a construction site leads to an archaeological survey and murder.
  • Wed 11/22
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

Poor Relations

S07, E21  (First Aired: Mar. 30, 1994)
Against Gillespie's warnings, Parker's rowdy stepfather (Pat Hingle) returns to Sparta followed by homicidal art thieves; guest Anne Meara.
  • Wed 11/22
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

Dangerous Engagement

S07, E22  (First Aired: May. 4, 1994)
Harriet and Bill become targets of a crazed gunman on the eve of their wedding; guest William Gannon.
  • Wed 11/22
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

Pilot

S01, E01  (First Aired: Mar. 6, 1988)
Politics motivates the mayor to have Gillespie and newcomer Tibbs investigate, together, a high-school girl's murder.
  • Mon 11/27
  • 11:00AM-12:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

Pilot

S01, E02  (First Aired: Mar. 6, 1988)
Politics motivates the mayor to have Gillespie and newcomer Tibbs investigate, together, a high-school girl's murder.
  • Mon 11/27
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

Road Kill

S01, E03  (First Aired: Mar. 15, 1988)
Gillespie and Tibbs (Carroll O'Connor, Howard Rollins) are at odds when Virgil suspects that the chief's friend is a murderer. Lane Smith and Gail O'Grady guest star.
  • Mon 11/27
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

Fate

S01, E04  (First Aired: Mar. 22, 1988)
Tension mounts when a black businessman is rumored to be romancing the married white owner of a newspaper.
  • Mon 11/27
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

Blind Spot

S01, E05  (First Aired: Mar. 29, 1988)
A supply of cocaine, a double disappearance and Virgil's reluctance to forget a grudge are somehow linked together.
  • Tue 11/28
  • 11:00AM-12:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

Blind Spot

S01, E06  (First Aired: Apr. 5, 1988)
Virgil narrowly escapes death at the hands of Richie Epson's henchmen, but Gillespie still hasn't garnered enough evidence to prove Epson is a major drug supplier.
  • Tue 11/28
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

A Necessary Evil

S01, E07  (First Aired: Apr. 12, 1988)
The six wives of an imprisoned polygamist bring him gifts of food, only to become murder suspects when the man dies of poisoning.
  • Tue 11/28
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

And Then You Die ...

S01, E08  (First Aired: May. 3, 1988)
A murderous escaped convict (Will Bledsoe) and his girlfriend take Althea (Anne-Marie Johnson) and a boy hostage.
  • Tue 11/28
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

Don't Look Back

S02, E01  (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 11/29
  • 11:00AM-12:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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 11/29
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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 11/29
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Wed 11/29
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Thu 11/30
  • 11:00AM-12:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Thu 11/30
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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 11/30
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Thu 11/30
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Fri 12/1
  • 11:00AM-12:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Fri 12/1
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Fri 12/1
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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).
  • Fri 12/1
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA