The cases and adventures of the police forces in and around Sparta, Mississippi.
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Series cast summary:
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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)
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 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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In der Hitze der Nacht  »

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The building used as the Magnolia Café was, and still is, Gary Massey Agency on Monticello Street in Covington, GA. See more »

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Parker: I got a call from Randy Calhoun.
Bill Gillespie: Tell him we're closed.
Parker: It's about a murder.
Bill Gillespie: Did he commit it?
Parker: I don't think so. I forgot to ask.
Bill Gillespie: Well, that might have been an important question.
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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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Good Southern Crime Drama
8 July 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Although it takes place in Mississippi, it was filmed in Georgia. The 1967 movie was filmed in Illinois! I can understand in '67 that they didn't or couldn't film down there because of all the racial strife, but what was so hard by '88 to film down there? For some reason, most movies and TV shows are never filmed in Mississippi, even those who's stories take place there. As for the show, the first three seasons were the best. When NBC dumped it and CBS picked it up, the show bombed and finally was canceled. It's too bad because some of the episodes in the first three seasons were very good, not to mention realistic. Howard Rollins' Virgil Tibbs was my favorite character on the show. Since the Sparta police department was so small, Tibbs was the only detective on the force. He was smart, ruthless at times and always got the job done. The chemistry between him and Gillespie was magic.


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