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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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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.
  • Tue 8/21
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Tue 8/21
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Tue 8/21
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Tue 8/21
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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 8/22
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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 8/22
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Wed 8/22
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Wed 8/22
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Thu 8/23
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Thu 8/23
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Thu 8/23
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Thu 8/23
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Thu 8/23
  • 4:00PM-5:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Fri 8/24
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Fri 8/24
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Fri 8/24
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Fri 8/24
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
  • 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.
  • Sun 8/26
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 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.
  • Sun 8/26
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Mon 8/27
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Mon 8/27
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Mon 8/27
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

A Love Lost

S07, E06  (First Aired: Oct. 14, 1993)
Sheriff Gillespie's daughter suspects her boyfriend may be involved with the distribution of illegal automatic weapons.
  • Mon 8/27
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

Singing the Blues

S07, E07  (First Aired: Oct. 28, 1993)
Officer LuAnn Corbin (Crystal Fox) tries to help when her boyfriend (Willie Gault) is blackmailed by a drug dealer (Judson Vaughn).
  • Tue 8/28
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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.
  • Tue 8/28
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 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.
  • Tue 8/28
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 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.
  • Tue 8/28
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
  • 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.
  • Wed 8/29
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 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.
  • Wed 8/29
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 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.
  • Wed 8/29
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 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.
  • Wed 8/29
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
  • 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.
  • Thu 8/30
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 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).
  • Thu 8/30
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 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.
  • Thu 8/30
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 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.
  • Thu 8/30
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
  • 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.
  • Thu 8/30
  • 4:00PM-5:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA

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(First Aired: Mar. 6, 1988)
Investigators tackle difficult cases.
  • Mon 9/3
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 307
  • WGNA
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  • 307
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  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 307
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  • 307
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