In the Heat of the Night (1988)

In the Heat of the Night (1988) - NBC

NBC

CBS

Series

1988

TVPG

Crime drama

Mystery

Based on the classic film, a police chief and his team tackle crime and social issues in the small town of Sparta, Mississippi, navigating racial tensions and personal dramas.

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1988–1995 Series 8 Seasons163 Episodes

Upcoming TV Airings

The airings below are based on a generic national schedule. Times and dates can vary by TV provider.

Tuesday, April 16

The More Things Change

Season 5 • Episode 7

Gillespie and DeLong try romance; a blackmailer is charged with her father's murder.

Tuesday, April 16

Sweet, Sweet Blues

Season 5 • Episode 8

A blues singer claims he witnessed the 40-year-old race-motivated slaying of Sweet's grandfather.

Tuesday, April 16

Sparta Gold

Season 5 • Episode 9

Bubba can't get another county's authorities to cooperate after discovering marijuana-farming there.

Tuesday, April 16

An Eye for an Eye

Season 5 • Episode 10

Despite FBI presence, Gillespie and Tibbs search for the kidnapper of a DA's daughter.

Tuesday, April 16

A Turning

Season 4 • Episode 22

Gillespie and Tibbs pursue the killers of drug dealers; Althea worries about her husband's safety.

Tuesday, April 16

The Littlest Victim

Season 5 • Episode 11

A robbery suspect threatens the lives of a boozing woman (Denise Miller) and her infant.

Tuesday, April 16

Lake Winahatchie

Season 6 • Episode 21

Lana's (Christine Elise) inherited home plays an important part in a mob-related real estate scam.

Tuesday, April 16

A Correct Settling

Season 6 • Episode 22

Fearing loss of her son, Harriet agrees to help get her ex-husband's murder sentence reversed.

Tuesday, April 16

Child's Play

Season 7 • Episode 1

The city council replaces Bill with an ex-FBI agent (Carl Weathers).

Wednesday, April 17

The Littlest Victim

Season 5 • Episode 11

A robbery suspect threatens the lives of a boozing woman (Denise Miller) and her infant.

Wednesday, April 17

The Landlord

Season 5 • Episode 12

Gillespie is leery of the evidence in the murder of an abusive landlord.

Wednesday, April 17

Fool for Love

Season 5 • Episode 13

Tibbs and Gillespie suspect a doctor who made his girlfriend the prime suspect in his wife's murder.

Wednesday, April 17

Love, Honor and Obey

Season 5 • Episode 14

A mugging investigation uncovers the plight of an abused wife.

Wednesday, April 17

A Woman Much Admired

Season 5 • Episode 1

Gillespie leaves town to investigate an ex-lover's murder and must face the daughter he never knew.

Wednesday, April 17

Odessa

Season 5 • Episode 15

The honoring of Sparta's first black woman voter may touch off a racial incident.

Wednesday, April 17

Hatton's Turn

Season 7 • Episode 2

Gillespie becomes sheriff; the murders of two Spartans link to a mentally impaired youth.

Wednesday, April 17

Hatton's Turn

Season 7 • Episode 3

Gillespie becomes sheriff; the murders of two Spartans link to a mentally impaired youth.

Wednesday, April 17

A Depraved Heart

Season 7 • Episode 4

Bubba's friend (Lisa Rieffel) is accused of killing the man who infected her with HIV.

Thursday, April 18

Odessa

Season 5 • Episode 15

The honoring of Sparta's first black woman voter may touch off a racial incident.

Thursday, April 18

A Time to Trust

Season 5 • Episode 16

Virgil tries to gather evidence on a drug dealer connected to a student of Althea's.

Thursday, April 18

By Means Most Foul

Season 5 • Episode 17

A suspected revenge bombing may be a smoke screen for a restaurateur's insurance scam.

Thursday, April 18

Trundel's Will Be Done

Season 5 • Episode 18

A wealthy widow claims Harriet DeLong's nephew, saying her husband fathered him.

Thursday, April 18

Baby for Sale

Season 5 • Episode 2

Threatened with losing his adopted son, Bubba aids the natural father in a robbery.

Thursday, April 18

Moseley's Lot

Season 5 • Episode 19

A man comes to his son's rescue when the lad is caught gambling with someone else's money.

Thursday, April 18

Incident at Brewer's Pond

Season 7 • Episode 5

A mysterious caller leads police to a body at the bottom of a pond.

Thursday, April 18

A Love Lost

Season 7 • Episode 6

Gillespie's daughter suspects her boyfriend is smuggling guns.

Thursday, April 18

Singing the Blues

Season 7 • Episode 7

LuAnn learns her new boyfriend (Willie Gault) is involved with drug dealers.

Friday, April 19

Moseley's Lot

Season 5 • Episode 19

A man comes to his son's rescue when the lad is caught gambling with someone else's money.

Friday, April 19

Family Reunion

Season 5 • Episode 20

An ex-convict learns his wife has spent his cache of stolen cash.

Friday, April 19

Sanctuary

Season 5 • Episode 21

Gillespie and Tibbs try to prevent a political refugee's extradition.

Friday, April 19

The Law on Trial

Season 5 • Episode 22

The sheriff argues that Tibbs and Gillespie's obstruction of justice led to Salazar's death.

Friday, April 19

Obsession

Season 5 • Episode 3

Gillespie and Tibbs face legal obstacles when protecting a woman.

Friday, April 19

Virgil Tibbs, Attorney at Law

Season 7 • Episode 8

Tibbs returns with a law degree, news of his failed marriage, and a murder suspect to defend.

Friday, April 19

Every Man's Family

Season 7 • Episode 9

Bubba races to Atlanta to care for his nephew (Chad Allen), who has overdosed on drugs.

Friday, April 19

A Baby Called Rocket

Season 7 • Episode 10

LuAnn becomes attached to an undernourished 4-month-old baby found in a crack house.

Sunday, April 21

The More Things Change

Season 5 • Episode 7

Gillespie and DeLong try romance; a blackmailer is charged with her father's murder.

Sunday, April 21

A Necessary Evil

Season 1 • Episode 7

A man's six wives become murder suspects when he dies of food poisoning.

Sunday, April 21

And Then You Die ...

Season 1 • Episode 8

An escaped killer and his girlfriend take Althea and a child hostage to ensure a getaway.

Sunday, April 21

Don't Look Back

Season 2 •

Gillespie is stalked by a killer who re-created a bizarre 20-year-old murder.

Sunday, April 21

The Littlest Victim

Season 5 • Episode 11

A robbery suspect threatens the lives of a boozing woman (Denise Miller) and her infant.

Sunday, April 21

Family Secrets

Season 2 • Episode 3

A woman's (Susan Blakely) claim she murdered her father because of incest shocks Gillespie.

Sunday, April 21

The Hammer and the Glove

Season 2 • Episode 4

Several murders occur while Tibbs' former partner is visiting.

Sunday, April 21

Love, Honor and Obey

Season 5 • Episode 14

A mugging investigation uncovers the plight of an abused wife.

Sunday, April 21

Odessa

Season 5 • Episode 15

The honoring of Sparta's first black woman voter may touch off a racial incident.

Sunday, April 21

A Time to Trust

Season 5 • Episode 16

Virgil tries to gather evidence on a drug dealer connected to a student of Althea's.

Sunday, April 21

By Means Most Foul

Season 5 • Episode 17

A suspected revenge bombing may be a smoke screen for a restaurateur's insurance scam.

Sunday, April 21

Trundel's Will Be Done

Season 5 • Episode 18

A wealthy widow claims Harriet DeLong's nephew, saying her husband fathered him.

Sunday, April 21

Moseley's Lot

Season 5 • Episode 19

A man comes to his son's rescue when the lad is caught gambling with someone else's money.

Sunday, April 21

Family Reunion

Season 5 • Episode 20

An ex-convict learns his wife has spent his cache of stolen cash.

Sunday, April 21

Sanctuary

Season 5 • Episode 21

Gillespie and Tibbs try to prevent a political refugee's extradition.

Sunday, April 21

The Law on Trial

Season 5 • Episode 22

The sheriff argues that Tibbs and Gillespie's obstruction of justice led to Salazar's death.

Sunday, April 21

The More Things Change

Season 5 • Episode 7

Gillespie and DeLong try romance; a blackmailer is charged with her father's murder.

Sunday, April 21

Sweet, Sweet Blues

Season 5 • Episode 8

A blues singer claims he witnessed the 40-year-old race-motivated slaying of Sweet's grandfather.

Monday, April 22

Sparta Gold

Season 5 • Episode 9

Bubba can't get another county's authorities to cooperate after discovering marijuana-farming there.

Monday, April 22

An Eye for an Eye

Season 5 • Episode 10

Despite FBI presence, Gillespie and Tibbs search for the kidnapper of a DA's daughter.

Monday, April 22

The Littlest Victim

Season 5 • Episode 11

A robbery suspect threatens the lives of a boozing woman (Denise Miller) and her infant.

Monday, April 22

The Landlord

Season 5 • Episode 12

Gillespie is leery of the evidence in the murder of an abusive landlord.

Monday, April 22

Fool for Love

Season 5 • Episode 13

Tibbs and Gillespie suspect a doctor who made his girlfriend the prime suspect in his wife's murder.

Monday, April 22

Love, Honor and Obey

Season 5 • Episode 14

A mugging investigation uncovers the plight of an abused wife.

Monday, April 22

Liar's Poker

Season 5 • Episode 4

Gillespie comes under scrutiny for trying to clear a prostitute charged with killing a wealthy man.

Monday, April 22

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Monday, April 22

Little Girl Lost

Season 7 • Episode 11

A woman with a history of drunken driving is involved in a girl's hit-and-run death.

Monday, April 22

Your Own Kind

Season 7 • Episode 12

The sniper-shooting of a high-school track star may have been racially motivated.

Monday, April 22

Good Cop, Bad Cop

Season 7 • Episode 13

Tibbs defends Parker against charges that he assaulted an ex-girlfriend's fiance.

Tuesday, April 23

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Tuesday, April 23

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Tuesday, April 23

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Tuesday, April 23

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Tuesday, April 23

Ruda's Awakening

Season 5 • Episode 5

Virgil's aunt (Fran Bennett) lets anger cloud her recollection of a young black man's shooting.

Tuesday, April 23

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Tuesday, April 23

Maybelle Returns

Season 7 • Episode 14

A former madam's (Elizabeth Ashley) phone-sex business creates an uproar.

Tuesday, April 23

The Last Round

Season 7 • Episode 15

Forbes' fiancee delivers an ultimatum; a boxer Forbes has been grooming commits a burglary.

Tuesday, April 23

Ches and the Grand Lady

Season 7 • Episode 16

Someone threatens the life of Sparta blues singer Ches Collins.

Wednesday, April 24

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Wednesday, April 24

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Wednesday, April 24

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Wednesday, April 24

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Wednesday, April 24

Unfinished Business

Season 5 • Episode 6

In Los Angeles for a murder trial, Bubba encounters killers targeting the key witness.

Wednesday, April 24

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Wednesday, April 24

Conspiracy of One

Season 7 • Episode 17

Attorney Virgil Tibbs is caught between a client and the certainty that the man murdered his wife.

Wednesday, April 24

The Rabbi

Season 7 • Episode 18

A rabbi returns to Sparta, his hometown, and faces anti-Semitism.

Wednesday, April 24

Hard Choices

Season 7 • Episode 19

Harriet DeLong's son Eugene witnesses a robbery in which a store owner is wounded.

Thursday, April 25

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Thursday, April 25

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Thursday, April 25

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Thursday, April 25

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Thursday, April 25

The More Things Change

Season 5 • Episode 7

Gillespie and DeLong try romance; a blackmailer is charged with her father's murder.

Thursday, April 25

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Thursday, April 25

Time's Long Shadow

Season 7 • Episode 20

Harriet tries to stop construction at a site where pre-Civil War artifacts have been found.

Thursday, April 25

Poor Relations

Season 7 • Episode 21

Parker's stepfather returns, pursued by murderous art thieves.

Thursday, April 25

Dangerous Engagement

Season 7 • Episode 22

Harriet and Bill become targets of a crazed gunman on the eve of their wedding.

Friday, April 26

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Friday, April 26

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Friday, April 26

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Friday, April 26

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Friday, April 26

Sweet, Sweet Blues

Season 5 • Episode 8

A blues singer claims he witnessed the 40-year-old race-motivated slaying of Sweet's grandfather.

Friday, April 26

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Friday, April 26

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Friday, April 26

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Friday, April 26

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Saturday, April 27

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Saturday, April 27

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Saturday, April 27

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Saturday, April 27

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Sunday, April 28

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Sunday, April 28

Prisoners

Season 2 • Episode 5

A rookie officer's first arrest, a childhood buddy, dies in jail; guest Ed Ames.

Sunday, April 28

Hot Nights

Season 2 • Episode 6

Bubba falls for a woman (Barbara Stock) with devious plans for him.

Sunday, April 28

Gunshots

Season 2 • Episode 7

Tibbs finds the robbery suspect he killed is a young, unarmed girl.

Sunday, April 28

Country Mouse, City Mouse

Season 2 • Episode 8

Virgil's niece and Bubba's nephew are determined to uncover the truth after they witness a crime.

Sunday, April 28

Stranger in Town

Season 2 • Episode 9

Tibbs and Gillespie clash over the prime suspect in a young prostitute's murder.

Sunday, April 28

Tear Down the Walls

Season 2 • Episode 10

Tibbs and Gillespie lock horns over the murderer of a progressive minister.

Sunday, April 28

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Sunday, April 28

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Sunday, April 28

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Sunday, April 28

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Sunday, April 28

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Sunday, April 28

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Sunday, April 28

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Sunday, April 28

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Sunday, April 28

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Sunday, April 28

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Sunday, April 28

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Monday, April 29

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Monday, April 29

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Monday, April 29

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Monday, April 29

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Monday, April 29

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Monday, April 29

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Monday, April 29

Sparta Gold

Season 5 • Episode 9

Bubba can't get another county's authorities to cooperate after discovering marijuana-farming there.

Monday, April 29

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Monday, April 29

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Monday, April 29

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Monday, April 29

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Tuesday, April 30

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Tuesday, April 30

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Tuesday, April 30

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Tuesday, April 30

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Tuesday, April 30

An Eye for an Eye

Season 5 • Episode 10

Despite FBI presence, Gillespie and Tibbs search for the kidnapper of a DA's daughter.

Tuesday, April 30

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Tuesday, April 30

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Tuesday, April 30

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Tuesday, April 30

Pilot

Season 1 • Episode 1

A high-school girl's murder is investigated by Gillespie and Tubbs.

Wednesday, May 1

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Wednesday, May 1

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Wednesday, May 1

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Wednesday, May 1

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Wednesday, May 1

The Littlest Victim

Season 5 • Episode 11

A robbery suspect threatens the lives of a boozing woman (Denise Miller) and her infant.

Wednesday, May 1

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Wednesday, May 1

Road Kill

Season 1 • Episode 3

Gillespie and Tibbs have conflicting suspicions about a woman's murder.

Wednesday, May 1

Fate

Season 1 • Episode 4

A black businessman bids for the town's newspaper amid rumors that he is romancing its publisher.

Wednesday, May 1

Blind Spot

Season 1 • Episode 5

Seemingly random events become connected when Gillespie's friend is shot.

Thursday, May 2

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Thursday, May 2

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Thursday, May 2

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Thursday, May 2

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Thursday, May 2

The Landlord

Season 5 • Episode 12

Gillespie is leery of the evidence in the murder of an abusive landlord.

Thursday, May 2

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Thursday, May 2

Blind Spot

Season 1 • Episode 6

Though Tibbs was nearly killed, Gillespie still can't prove Epson is a drug trafficker.

Thursday, May 2

A Necessary Evil

Season 1 • Episode 7

A man's six wives become murder suspects when he dies of food poisoning.

Thursday, May 2

And Then You Die ...

Season 1 • Episode 8

An escaped killer and his girlfriend take Althea and a child hostage to ensure a getaway.

Friday, May 3

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Friday, May 3

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Friday, May 3

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Friday, May 3

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Friday, May 3

Fool for Love

Season 5 • Episode 13

Tibbs and Gillespie suspect a doctor who made his girlfriend the prime suspect in his wife's murder.

Friday, May 3

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Friday, May 3

Don't Look Back

Season 2 •

Gillespie is stalked by a killer who re-created a bizarre 20-year-old murder.

Friday, May 3

Investigators tackle difficult cases.

Friday, May 3

Family Secrets

Season 2 • Episode 3

A woman's (Susan Blakely) claim she murdered her father because of incest shocks Gillespie.

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