The comic exploits of a redneck sheriff and his educated black deputy in a small Georgia town.
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Guich Koock ...
 Deputy Harley Puckett 44 episodes, 1977-1979
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 Cloris Phebus 44 episodes, 1977-1979
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 Lucille Banks 44 episodes, 1977-1979
Harvey Vernon ...
 Deputy Jasper DeWitt, Jr. 44 episodes, 1977-1979
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In this light-hearted, comic variation of "In the Heat of the Night," a white police chief and his officers (including a newly arrived black officer) must keep the peace in a small town located in the Southern USA. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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15 September 1977 (USA)  »

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(43 episodes)

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Victor French based his character off of real life Plains, GA police officer Harold Crow. French met Crow while in GA researching his role. The two became long time friends See more »

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Mayor Teddy Burnside: I'm Mayor Teddy Burnside. Your mayor by a landslide.
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Featured in The Magic of ABC (1977) See more »

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Embarrassing
2 March 2002 | by (Minnesooooooooota) – See all my reviews

This is one of those quickie sitcoms developed in reaction to current events. In this case, it's a takeoff on "In the Heat of the Night", with a decidedly farcical twist. Because Jimmy Carter had just been elected, Hollywood gave us this badly-titled waste of time that featured stupid rednecks getting their comeuppance on a weekly basis. (Not that there's anything wrong with that, I guess.) Think "She's the Sheriff" without Suzanne Somers but with fake Georgian accents. Everyone acts like they're ten years old because that's the target market.

Melanie Griffith is the only one of the cast who went on to anything spectacular, but most of the rest are recognizable as good character actors. Aside from Griffith, the most recognizable would probably be Victor French, who created many memorable characters in productions like Highway to Heaven, Little House on the Prairie, and did several turns as heavies in movies like Flap and An Officer and a Gentleman. Here he is the world-weary but (mostly) fair sheriff. Richard Paul played the mayor, and he was the one who came up with the witless phrase that everyone repeated on playgrounds and by water coolers -- "Handle it" repeated three or four times, rapidly, while dropping the 'd'. Kene Holliday plays an educated black man who for some reason decided to live in Deliverance territory. Most of the cast has passed away.

In order to understand how this ludicrous series was ever created, you could take a look at David Garber's filmography. His work includes such luminary events as The Love Boat, The Fall Guy, Saved by the Bell, among others. I see his latest project is "Butt-Ugly Martians", another potential Hallmark Hall of Fame production ....


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