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In the Heat of the Night 

The cases and adventures of the police forces in and around Sparta, Mississippi.
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Series cast summary:
Carroll O'Connor ...  Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie / ... 146 episodes, 1988-1995
Alan Autry ...  Capt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner / ... 146 episodes, 1988-1995
David Hart ...  Officer Parker Williams / ... 146 episodes, 1988-1995
Hugh O'Connor ...  Lt. Lonnie Jamison / ... 146 episodes, 1988-1995
Howard E. Rollins Jr. ...  Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs / ... 121 episodes, 1988-1994
Anne-Marie Johnson ...  Althea Tibbs 119 episodes, 1988-1993
Geoffrey Thorne ...  Sgt. Wilson Sweet / ... 110 episodes, 1988-1993
Crystal Fox ...  Officer LuAnn Corbin / ... 102 episodes, 1989-1995
C.C. Taylor ...  Officer Charlie Peake / ... 87 episodes, 1989-1995
Dee Shaw ...  Cpl. Dee Shepard / ... 85 episodes, 1989-1995
Randall Franks ...  Officer Randy Goode 81 episodes, 1989-1993
Denise Nicholas ...  Harriet DeLong / ... 69 episodes, 1989-1995
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Storyline

Bill Gillespie is a police chief in a small town in the American South, and later becomes sheriff of the county. As Bill tries to solve crimes and catch criminals, aided by his capable investigator Virgil Tibbs and police lieutenant Bubba Skinner, he must navigate tricky small-town politics. Racial tensions often run high in the South and this theme is frequently explored. Bill's personal life is often portrayed in this TV drama, as well. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In the Heat of the Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Social Circle, Georgia, USA See more »

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Runtime:

(150 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The role of Gillespie's dog (Beauregard) was played by a black lab named Hunter. See more »

Quotes

Virgil Tibbs: Ever since that woman came to town, Bubba
[sigh]
Virgil Tibbs: ... I think he's in over his head. She's a beautiful, sophisticated young woman and Bubba, well...
Althea Tibbs: You can't understand what she sees in him.
Virgil Tibbs: In a word, No.
Althea Tibbs: Let me try to explain this to you Virgil. Bubba is a HUNK. He's manly, he's strong, he's considerate and just rippling with muscles.
Virgil Tibbs: Althea, Althea, you're a married woman.
Althea Tibbs: Hey I'm married, I'm not blind.
Virgil Tibbs: Well, if Bubba's a hunk, what does that make me?
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Referenced in Brother's Keeper (1992) See more »

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In the Heat of the Night
Music by Quincy Jones
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Arranged by Christopher Page (as Chris Page)
Performed by Bill Champlin
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Possibly the Best TV Cop Show Ever
26 March 2003 | by dragoneyez01See all my reviews

I remember watching the last season on CBS, then later catching re-runs on TNT. This show is amazing, with many memorable shows that caught my attention and didn't let go until the show was over. Many great performances by actors who sadly disappeared or were stuck in guest appearances after this show.

Basically, the "In the Heat of the Night" show picks up where the 1967 series ended (with some minor plot changes, and the show was updated to the times). Chief Gillespie (Carroll O'Connor) is much more comical and light-hearted than the 1967 character. Virgil Tibbs (Howard Rollins) has settled in Sparta and brings his wife, Althea (Anne-Marie Johnson) along. There are also many stand-out characters in the police department, including Bubba Skinner (Alan Autry), Parker Williams (David Hart), Lonnie Jamison (Hugh O'Connor), Wilson Sweet (Geoffrey Thorne), and Luanne Corbin (Crystal R. Fox). This show also broke ground by introducing Harriet DeLong (Denise Nicholas), who becomes involved in a relationship with Gillespie.

This show presented the south (and the police) very well, and consistently produced shows that kept your attention - even to the very end. There was also an element of comedy to each episode, that helped the show not to be dragged down to the over-dramatic. But, the comedy also doesn't make the show overly corny or stupid.

Everyone in the cast contributed great, consistent performances. It's a shame that most of the cast couldn't find work after this show.

Hugh O'Connor (Carroll's adopted son) committed suicide only months after the show was canceled.

Howard Rollins died shortly after the show was taken off the air from cancer.

Carroll O'Connor left acting for a few years, making guest appearances once in awhile, and died of a heart attack in 2001.

Anne-Marie Johnson has done several voice-overs, and I remember seeing her in a telemovie, 'Asteroid', a few years back. Other than a recurring roll on the now-canceled TV show, 'Grace Under Fire', Alan Autry, has disappeared. David Hart, Geoffrey Thorne, Denise Nicholas, and Crystal Fox have also disappeared after this show.

In the Heat of the Night was a great show. It was also a seemingly cursed show. None of the actors have gone on to "bigger and better things". And three have since died. R.I.P. TNT still re-runs this show, so, if you catch it, I recommend you watch the show. You won't be disappointed.

Rating: 9/10


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