The cases and adventures of the police forces in and around Sparta, Mississippi.
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 Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie / ... (146 episodes, 1988-1995)
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 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)
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 Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs / ... (121 episodes, 1988-1994)
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 Althea Tibbs (119 episodes, 1988-1993)
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 Sgt. Wilson Sweet / ... (110 episodes, 1988-1993)
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 Officer Luann Corbin / ... (102 episodes, 1989-1995)
C.C. Taylor ...
 Officer Charlie Peake / ... (86 episodes, 1989-1995)
Dee Shaw ...
 Cpl. Dee Shepard / ... (85 episodes, 1989-1995)
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 Officer Randy Goode (81 episodes, 1989-1993)
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 Harriet DeLong / ... (69 episodes, 1989-1995)

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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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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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6 March 1988 (USA)  »

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In der Hitze der Nacht  »

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(150 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Even though Virgil Tibbs was referred to as "Detective", his official rank on the Sparta police force was Captain. See more »

Quotes

Bill Gillespie: Yeah, the last time I caught you using my phone in here, the emergency was about some woman who was driving your car dressed in black lace underwear.
Bubba Skinner: I wish there was some things you'd forget Chief.
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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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best crime series ever
23 August 2003 | by (south carolina) – See all my reviews

When I can I love watching the re-runs in syndication, even if I have seen it a 100 times. They always get their man they are looking for or the bad always gets what is coming for him/her.Terrific acting by all the cast, even if the are second rate. The director(s) know what to do to this series to make it what it has become. It makes me sad that 3 of the main people have passed on since the show's departure.


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