The show aired four made-for-television movies during the 1994-1995 season. This is considered to be the eighth season of the show. Each movie was two hours in length, making them equivalent to eight regular episodes. The movies were:
A Matter of Justice
Who was Geli Bendl?
By Duty Bound
Grow Old Along with Me (the series finale)
Series co-star Hugh O’Connor committed suicide 2 months before the series finale actually aired. When aired in its original, 2-hour format, there was a black screen in between the intro tag and the opening title, which read “In memory of Hugh O’Connor: 1962-1995”.
|#||Title||Director||Writer(s)||Original airdate||Production Code|
|143||“A Matter of Justice”||Reza Badiyi||Mitchell Schneider, John Ball, James Lee Barrett||October 21, 1994|
|The daughter of a close friend of Forbes is murdered and the officers must prove that the deranged grandson of a retired judge is guilty.|
|144||“Who Was Geli Bendl?”||Larry Hagman||Carroll O’Connor||December 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.|
|145||“By Duty Bound”||Harry Harris||John Ball, James Lee Barrett, Joe Gannon||February 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.|
|146||“Grow Old Along With Me”||Winrich Kolbe||Cynthia Deming, John Ball, James Lee Barrett||May 16, 1995|
|Series Finale. Ex-cop Tom Harwood’s happiness with his new bride is threatened by an old flame who sees an opportunity for blackmail.|