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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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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 7/16
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 307
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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.
  • Mon 7/16
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 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).
  • Mon 7/16
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 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.
  • Mon 7/16
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
  • 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 7/17
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 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.
  • Tue 7/17
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 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.
  • Tue 7/17
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 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.
  • Tue 7/17
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
  • 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.
  • Wed 7/18
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 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.
  • Wed 7/18
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 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.
  • Wed 7/18
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 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.
  • Wed 7/18
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
  • 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.
  • Thu 7/19
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 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.
  • Thu 7/19
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 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.
  • Thu 7/19
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 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.
  • Thu 7/19
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
  • 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.
  • Thu 7/19
  • 4:00PM-5:00PM
  • 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.
  • Fri 7/20
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 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.
  • Fri 7/20
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 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.
  • Fri 7/20
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 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.
  • Fri 7/20
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
  • 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.
  • Mon 7/23
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 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.
  • Mon 7/23
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 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.
  • Mon 7/23
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 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.
  • Mon 7/23
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
  • 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).
  • Tue 7/24
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Tue 7/24
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Tue 7/24
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Tue 7/24
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Wed 7/25
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Wed 7/25
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Wed 7/25
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Wed 7/25
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Thu 7/26
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Thu 7/26
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Thu 7/26
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Thu 7/26
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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 7/26
  • 4:00PM-5:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Fri 7/27
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Fri 7/27
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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 7/27
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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 7/27
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Mar. 6, 1988)
Investigators tackle difficult cases.
  • Mon 7/30
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA