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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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Nominated for 7 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Series cast summary:
David Hart ...
Hugh O'Connor ...
 Officer Luann Corbin / ... 102 episodes, 1989-1995
 Officer Charlie Peake / ... 86 episodes, 1989-1995
Dee Shaw ...
 Cpl. Dee Shepard / ... 85 episodes, 1989-1995
 Officer Randy Goode 81 episodes, 1989-1993
 Harriet DeLong / ... 69 episodes, 1989-1995


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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Release Date:

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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During the series there is a photo behind the chief's desk, the photo is a of Rod Steiger in costume as the chief from the movie. See more »


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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Referenced in The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 8 July 2008 (2008) See more »


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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One of my favorite all time shows
2 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

I found that the series was very realistic, and in some cases very funny. The characters seem real, and the plots are interesting. The cast that was chosen could not have been better. That acting was done well, and it was very sincere. Especially, when the show got into the heart of difficult issues. This might sound a bit silly, but the show meant a lot to me, because it was one of the last shows that was true to what it was, and one of the best series that has ever been produced in my mind.The one thing that I would really like to know, if someone somewhere is trying to come up with a DVD collection of the series. I know that I would probably be first in line. It is a show that I enjoyed, and miss watching a great deal.

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