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In the Heat of the Night

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1988 - 19958 SeasonsSeries EndedOn: CBS All Access Tags: Police Country: America

In the Heat of the Night is an American television series based on the motion picture and novel of the same name starring Carroll O'Connor as the white police chief William Gillespie, and Howard Rollins as the African-American police detective Virgil Tibbs. It was broadcast on NBC from 1988 until 1992, and then on CBS until 1995. Its executive producers were Fred Silverman, Juanita Bartlett and Carroll O'Connor. TGG Direct released the first season of the series to DVD on August 28, 2012.In the Heat of the Night featuring Carroll O'Connor and Alan Autry has one or more episodes streaming on CBS All Access, available for purchase on iTunes, and available for purchase on Prime Video. It's a crime and drama show with 148 episodes over 8 seasons. In the Heat of the Night is no longer running and has no plans to air new episodes or seasons. It has a better than average IMDb audience rating of 7.5 (2,949 votes).

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132 episodes (89%) are available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access).

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#88 Ranked in TV on CBS All Access

#202 Ranked in Police TV

#577 Ranked in Mystery TV

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Season 1

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Season 01, Episode 01 Pilot (1)

S01 E01

Mar 6, 1988
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Pilot (1) Mar 6, 1988 Virgil Tibbs returns to Sparta and joins the police force as chief of detectives.His arrival is met with resistance from police chief Bill Gillespie - who resents having an officer hired without his approval.Virgil has trouble adjusting to the small, antiquated police force.Tibbs' first case is a racially charged murder case that is soon complicated when the suspect is murdered in his cell.

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Season 01, Episode 02 Pilot (2)

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Mar 6, 1988
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Pilot (2) Mar 6, 1988 The investigation into the brutal murders of a young girl and the suspect in her death, leads Tibbs and Gillespie to the son of one of Sparta's wealthiest and most influential citizens.As they come closer to the truth things become dangerous for Virgil.

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Season 01, Episode 03 Fate

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Mar 15, 1988
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Fate Mar 15, 1988 The affair between the husband of a wealthy woman and her distant cousin leads to her murder. Virgil immediately suspects the pair.But he has a difficult time persuading Gillespie, who is a long time friend of the man and Bubba, who has been seeing the cousin.Bubba and Virgil clash again and Virgil is frustrated when the Chief rejects his theory about the crime.

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Season 01, Episode 04 Fate

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Mar 22, 1988
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Fate Mar 22, 1988 Racial tensions run high when a married white woman has an affair with a black businessman from New York.Meanwhile Virgil is not happy when the Chief enlists his aid in tracking down Bubba's cousin, a suspected moonshiner.

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Season 01, Episode 05 Blind Spot (1)

S01 E05

Mar 29, 1988
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Blind Spot (1) Mar 29, 1988 Virgil refuses to let go of a grudge against a wealthy former classmate who cheated him out of a scholarship.The man has promised city leaders that he will move his business to Sparta,but not all of his business interests are legal.The nephew of an old friend of Gillespie's finds his life in danger after he steals drugs stored in the businessman's mansion.

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Season 01, Episode 06 Blind Spot (2)

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Apr 5, 1988
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Blind Spot (2) Apr 5, 1988 An angry Gillespie seeks answers when an old friend is shot.And Virgil narrowly escapes death after trying to ascertain the real reason behind an old adversary's return to Sparta.Nan finds herself in danger after she finds out the truth about her new love.

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Season 01, Episode 07 A Necessary Evil

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Apr 12, 1988
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A Necessary Evil Apr 12, 1988 In this humorous episode Virgil and the Chief arrest a man for bigamy.It soon becomes a polygamy case after an endless parade of wives come to visit their husband.

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Season 2

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Season 02, Episode 01 Don't Look Back (1)

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Dec 4, 1988
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Don't Look Back (1) Dec 4, 1988 A copycat recreates a shocking unsolved murder from the past.Gillespie feels threatened after Ted Marcus suggests that Virgil should become the Chief.The situation becomes more tense after Virgil criticizes Parker and Bubba's actions.

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Season 02, Episode 02 Don't Look Back (2)

S02 E02

Dec 4, 1988
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Don't Look Back (2) Dec 4, 1988 Tibbs,Gillespie and Bubba pursue different leads in a bizarre murder case and the Chief realizes that the killer has plans for him.

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Season 02, Episode 03 Family Secret

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Dec 6, 1988
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Family Secret Dec 6, 1988 The murder of well respected man turns up a shocking secret about his family.

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Season 02, Episode 04 The Hammer and the Glove

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Dec 13, 1988
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The Hammer and the Glove Dec 13, 1988 Virgil is delighted when Matthew his former partner from Philidelphia comes to visit.But he soon learns his friend has another purpose for coming to Sparta.Althea is uncomfortable because she and Matthew were romantically involved before she met Virgil and she realizes that he is unwilling to accept the fact that she chose Virgil over him.Meanwhile the F.B.I. enlist Sparta P.D.'s aid in hiding a witness.

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Season 02, Episode 05 Prisoners

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Dec 20, 1988
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Prisoners Dec 20, 1988 Sweet risks his life to prove that the Sheriff of a neighboring county is guilty of the racially motivated murder of a young man that Sweet was friends with in high school.

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Season 02, Episode 06 Hot Nights

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Dec 27, 1988
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Hot Nights Dec 27, 1988 Bubba is seduced by an alluring writer who has more on her mind than romance.Bill and Virgil worry that he is in over his head.Bubba tries to protect her from her estranged husband, but things get complicated after she shoots someone.

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Season 02, Episode 07 Gunshots

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Jan 3, 1989
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Gunshots Jan 3, 1989 Virgil is forced to shoot a suspect in an armed robbery.He has trouble dealing with the consequences of his actions, after he realizes the person he shot was a teenaged girl - and no one can locate the gun he believed she was pointing at him.

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Season 3

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Season 03, Episode 01 Rape

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Nov 28, 1989
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Rape Nov 28, 1989 After being released by his captors, the chief discovers that his abduction is part of a plot to assassinate a visiting civil rights leader.

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Season 03, Episode 02 Fairest of Them All

S03 E02

Oct 24, 1989
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Fairest of Them All Oct 24, 1989 Virgil struggles to help Althea after she is raped by a fellow teacher.Darnell does not think they can get a conviction because the man's wife has given him an alibi.Virgil tries to control his anger - until the man returns to intimidate Althea.And Gillespie tries to convince the wife to tell the truth.

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Season 03, Episode 03 Murder Most Ancient

S03 E03

Oct 31, 1989
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Murder Most Ancient Oct 31, 1989 A beauty contest is marred by blackmail and the ambitious mother of a contestant.

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Season 03, Episode 04 First Girl

S03 E04

Nov 7, 1989
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First Girl Nov 7, 1989 An unhappy wife asks her lover to place a bomb in her abusive husband's truck.

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Season 03, Episode 05 Crackdown

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Nov 14, 1989
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Crackdown Nov 14, 1989 Sparta P.D. gets it's first black policewoman.

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Season 03, Episode 06 Anniversary

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Nov 21, 1989
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Anniversary Nov 21, 1989 Someone is selling crack to teenagers and Sweet tries desperately to save a young addict.

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Season 03, Episode 07 Time of the Stranger

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Dec 5, 1989
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Time of the Stranger Dec 5, 1989 After a private investigator searching for a missing child is found dead, the evidence points to a local dance teacher - a neighbor that Parker has become very fond of.

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Season 4

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Season 04, Episode 01 Brotherly Love (1)

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Sep 18, 1990
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Brotherly Love (1) Sep 18, 1990 Virgil goes to Philadelphia to investigate a friends death.And Bubba (reluctantly) fills in as Althea's Lamaze coach.

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Season 04, Episode 02 Brotherly Love (2)

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Sep 18, 1990
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Brotherly Love (2) Sep 18, 1990 Virgil is framed for murder and Gillespie travels to Philly to help him clear his name.

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Season 04, Episode 03 Lessons Learned

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Sep 25, 1990
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Lessons Learned Sep 25, 1990 Gillespie sends Parker to confirm suspicions that a local truck stop is really a front for a prostitution business.When a young prostitute is found dead Gillespie is shocked at her fathers reaction.Parker is dismayed when he recognizes one of the ladies.

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Season 04, Episode 04 Perversions of Justice

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Oct 2, 1990
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Perversions of Justice Oct 2, 1990 A mild mannered school teacher is accused of child molestation.

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Season 04, Episode 05 And Justice For Some

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Oct 23, 1990
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And Justice For Some Oct 23, 1990 Gillespie and his officers are outraged when a drug courier who ran down the son of Virgil's next door neighbor makes a deal with the F.B.I. to avoid prosecution.

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Season 04, Episode 06 Hearts of Gold

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Oct 30, 1990
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Hearts of Gold Oct 30, 1990 Bubba is reunited with his high school sweetheart, but his happiness is short lived after she resorts to murder to silence an attorney who was threatening to stop her from inheriting her late husband's estate.

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Season 04, Episode 07 Quick Fix

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Nov 6, 1990
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Quick Fix Nov 6, 1990 The investigation into the death of an abandoned infant leads to a mentally handicapped teenager.

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Season 5

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Season 05, Episode 01 A Woman Much Admired

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Oct 1, 1991
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A Woman Much Admired Oct 1, 1991 Gillespie's old flame returns to Sparta to settle some business matters and see Bill. When she is murdered he travels to Gulfport and meets his daughter Lana for the first time.

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Season 05, Episode 02 Baby for Sale

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Oct 8, 1991
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Baby for Sale Oct 8, 1991 After Bubba's cousin adopts a baby her husband is blackmailed by the child's real parents - they want him to help them steal the payroll where he works.

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Season 05, Episode 03 Obsession

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Oct 22, 1991
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Obsession Oct 22, 1991 A flirtatious schoolteacher is stalked by a madman.

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Season 05, Episode 04 Liar's Poker

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Oct 29, 1991
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Liar's Poker Oct 29, 1991 A game of high stakes poker ends in murder.

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Season 05, Episode 05 Ruda's Awakening

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Nov 5, 1991
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Ruda's Awakening Nov 5, 1991 Virgil's Aunt Ruda is the only witness to a struggle between Bubba and a young robbery suspect that ends in the young mans death.But her prejudice against the police -- and Virgil clouds her memory of the incident.

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Season 05, Episode 06 Unfinished Business

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Nov 12, 1991
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Unfinished Business Nov 12, 1991 Bubba returns to Los Angeles to testify at a murder trial and is reunited with Pat Day as they try to protect Mike from killers sent to prevent him from testifying.

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Season 05, Episode 07 The More Thing's Change

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Nov 19, 1991
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The More Thing's Change Nov 19, 1991 A man murders his business partner and frames the man's illegitimate daughter for the crime in an attempt to gain the man's business and his wife.

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Season 6

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Season 06, Episode 01 A Small War (1)

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Oct 28, 1992
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A Small War (1) Oct 28, 1992 Big city crack dealers invade Sparta.Eugene witnesses the drive by shooting of a friend and his offer to help the police identify the shooters leaves Harriet frightened and angry at Bill.

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Season 06, Episode 02 A Small War (2)

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Nov 4, 1992
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A Small War (2) Nov 4, 1992 The police wage war against the big city drug dealers who have moved into Sparta.Eugene identifies the men who murdered his friend.And Bubba is teamed with and intrigued by a lady police lieutenant from Jackson.

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Season 06, Episode 03 Brother's Keeper

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Nov 11, 1992
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Brother's Keeper Nov 11, 1992 Louann's ne'er-do-well brother returns home after being paroled.

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Season 06, Episode 04 A Frenzied Affair

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Nov 18, 1992
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A Frenzied Affair Nov 18, 1992 Althea places herself in harms way trying to help one of her students, a disturbed and violent young man; after he is implicated in a murder case.

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Season 06, Episode 05 Discovery

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Nov 18, 1992
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Discovery Nov 18, 1992 Althea has trouble dealing with the violent death of a student.Young Megan Fowler quickly finds herself yet another dangerous boyfriend and they are soon wanted by the police.

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Season 06, Episode 06 Random's Child

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Nov 25, 1992
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Random's Child Nov 25, 1992 Lana Gillespie comes to Sparta to claim her inheritance,but is stalked by a mobster who dated her mother.Meanwhile Harriet encourages Bill to talk to his daughter,but Lana doesn't seem to be interested.Officer Randy Goode helps keep the bad guys at bay by playing them a little tune on the guitar.

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Season 06, Episode 07 An Occupational Hazard

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Dec 2, 1992
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An Occupational Hazard Dec 2, 1992 A secretary takes drastic measures to protect herself from sexual harassment.

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Season 7

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Season 07, Episode 01 Child's Play

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Sep 16, 1993
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Child's Play Sep 16, 1993 Chief Gillespie is fired by the city council and Sparta's new police chief Hampton Forbes arrives in town.Bill's last case with Sparta P.D. is a murder investigation in which a young boy has been implicated.

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Season 07, Episode 02 Hatton's Turn (1)

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Sep 18, 1993
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Hatton's Turn (1) Sep 18, 1993 Hampton Forbes assumes the office of Chief of Police and Bill becomes the Sheriff of Newman county.Former Spartan Wade Hatton returns to Sparta hoping to make sense of his life and rekindle his relationship with Sarah Hallisey.Bubba and Covey take the new chief on a tour of Sparta and Bill takes Wade to visit some distant cousins.Meanwhile two young criminals involve a mentally handicapped young man in a terrible crime.

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Season 07, Episode 03 Hatton's Turn (2)

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Sep 18, 1993
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Hatton's Turn (2) Sep 18, 1993 Wade and Sarah try to keep young Henry from being punished for a crime he did not commit and Forbes and his officers search for the two men who are really responsible.

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Season 07, Episode 04 A Depraved Heart

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Sep 23, 1993
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A Depraved Heart Sep 23, 1993 The daughter of an old friend asks Bubba to arrest the man who knowingly gave her AIDS.

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Season 07, Episode 05 Incident at Brewer's Pond

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Sep 30, 1993
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Incident at Brewer's Pond Sep 30, 1993 A night of revelry at a local pond turns deadly.

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Season 07, Episode 06 A Love Lost

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Oct 14, 1993
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A Love Lost Oct 14, 1993 Lana's ex- boyfriend comes to see her and brings a load of stolen rifles with him.

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Season 07, Episode 07 Singin' the Blues

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Oct 28, 1993
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Singin' the Blues Oct 28, 1993 Luann moonlights as a singer at a nightclub and finds romance with the clubs owner.Her happiness is shortlived when she realizes that the bartender is dealing drugs.

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Season 8

Season 08, Episode 01 In the Heat of the Night: A Matter of Justice

S08 E01

Oct 21, 1994
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Season 08, Episode 02 Who Was Geli Bendl ?

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Dec 9, 1994
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Who Was Geli Bendl ? Dec 9, 1994 A famous Italian actress returns to Sparta to take care of some unfinished business and rescue her younger sister from a life of drugs and poverty.

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Season 08, Episode 03 By Duty Bound

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Feb 17, 1995
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By Duty Bound Feb 17, 1995 Acting Sheriff Gillespie must decide whether he should run for sheriff or retire from law enforcement.It soon becomes apparent that the other candidate is corrupt and dangerous.

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Season 08, Episode 04 Grow Old Along with Me

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May 16, 1995
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Grow Old Along with Me May 16, 1995 Ex-cop Tom Harwood's happiness with his new bride is threatened by an old flame who sees an opportunity for blackmail.

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