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Release Date:
6 March 1988 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
In Sparta, Mississippi, a crusty Police Chief (later Sheriff) and his African American Chief Detective investigate crimes. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for 7 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Taking Residence See more (24 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 12 of 344)

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 (118 episodes, 1988-1993)

Geoffrey Thorne ... Sgt. Wilson Sweet / ... (110 episodes, 1988-1993)

Crystal R. Fox ... 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)

Randall Franks ... Officer Randy Goode (81 episodes, 1989-1993)

Denise Nicholas ... Harriet DeLong / ... (69 episodes, 1989-1995)
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Series Directed by
Harry Harris (22 episodes, 1988-1995)
Russ Mayberry (18 episodes, 1988-1994)
Vincent McEveety (18 episodes, 1989-1994)
Winrich Kolbe (13 episodes, 1988-1995)
Leo Penn (9 episodes, 1988-1992)
Paul Chavez (8 episodes, 1991-1994)
Larry Hagman (7 episodes, 1992-1994)
Reza Badiyi (6 episodes, 1992-1994)
Chuck Bowman (5 episodes, 1989-1990)
David Hemmings (4 episodes, 1988)
Carroll O'Connor (4 episodes, 1991-1993)
Lee H. Katzin (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
Mario Azzopardi (3 episodes, 1989-1992)
Jeffrey Hayden (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Alexander Singer (3 episodes, 1989)
Peter Levin (2 episodes, 1988)
Anthony Wilkinson (2 episodes, 1988)
Paul Lynch (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Michael Ray Rhodes (2 episodes, 1989)
E.W. Swackhamer (2 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Writing credits
John Ball (95 episodes, 1988-1995)
James Lee Barrett (79 episodes, 1988-1995)
Carroll O'Connor (27 episodes, 1989-1994)
Cynthia Deming (27 episodes, 1990-1995)
William J. Royce (22 episodes, 1990-1994)
Mitchell Schneider (18 episodes, 1990-1994)
Joe Gannon (14 episodes, 1991-1995)
Nancy Bond (6 episodes, 1988-1990)
Denise Nicholas (6 episodes, 1992-1994)
Edward DeBlasio (5 episodes, 1989-1990)
Mark Rodgers (5 episodes, 1989-1990)
Lee Maddux (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
David Moessinger (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
Jeri Taylor (3 episodes, 1988)
Terry Erwin (3 episodes, 1989-1991)
Robert Bielak (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
William Gray (2 episodes, 1988)
Kathy McCormick (2 episodes, 1988)
Steven Baum (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Stephen Schneck (2 episodes, 1990-1992)
Julie Friedgen (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Kim C. Friese (2 episodes, 1990)
Bill Taub (2 episodes, 1991)
Gina Barnett (2 episodes, 1993-1994)
Mack Anderson (2 episodes, 1993)
Gigi Levangie (2 episodes, 1993)
David O'Connor (2 episodes, 1994)
Elyse O'Connor (2 episodes, 1994)

Series Produced by
Fred Silverman .... executive producer (92 episodes, 1988-1995)
Edward Ledding .... producer / supervising producer (84 episodes, 1988-1995)
Walton Dornisch .... co-producer / associate producer (64 episodes, 1988-1991)
Carroll O'Connor .... executive producer / supervising producer (62 episodes, 1989-1995)
Herb Adelman .... co-producer (40 episodes, 1990-1995)
David Moessinger .... executive producer (22 episodes, 1988-1989)
Jeri Taylor .... supervising producer (22 episodes, 1988-1989)
Nancy Bond .... co-producer (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
Edward DeBlasio .... supervising producer (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
Mark Rodgers .... supervising producer (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
Joe Gannon .... producer (20 episodes, 1991-1995)
Victoria LaFortune .... co-producer (20 episodes, 1991-1995)
Lee Maddux .... co-producer (13 episodes, 1988-1989)
Robert Bielak .... producer (13 episodes, 1990-1991)
Juanita Bartlett .... executive producer (9 episodes, 1988)
Hugh Benson .... producer (5 episodes, 1988)
Mitchell Schneider .... co-producer (4 episodes, 1994-1995)
Stanley Kallis .... producer (3 episodes, 1988)
James Lee Barrett .... producer (2 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Original Music by
Nan Schwartz (51 episodes, 1988-1994)
David Bell (32 episodes, 1989-1995)
Joseph Harnell (3 episodes, 1988)
Eddie Horst (3 episodes, 1994-1995)
Dick DeBenedictis (2 episodes, 1988)
Larry Blank (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
 
Series Cinematography by
Peter Salim (63 episodes, 1988-1991)
Charles Mills (20 episodes, 1991-1995)
Brianne Murphy (8 episodes, 1988)

Lynn Lockwood (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Jack Harnish (32 episodes, 1988-1991)
Leon Carrere (25 episodes, 1988-1992)
Buford F. Hayes (24 episodes, 1988-1992)
James C. Johnson (4 episodes, 1991-1992)
Tim Shank (4 episodes, 1994-1995)
Mark Melnick (3 episodes, 1989)
William B. Stich (2 episodes, 1988)
Dick Darling (2 episodes, 1994-1995)

Pat Ryan (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
Mary Jo Slater (78 episodes, 1988-1992)
Jan Glaser (40 episodes, 1990-1995)
Rick Millikan (35 episodes, 1988-1990)
Ben Rubin (9 episodes, 1988-1989)
Nan Dutton (2 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Production Design by
Al Rohm (84 episodes, 1988-1995)
William Hiney (8 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Frank Galline (66 episodes, 1989-1995)
Bruce Kay (13 episodes, 1988-1989)
Robert Checchi (8 episodes, 1988)
Lowell Chambers (5 episodes, 1991-1992)
Edward J. McDonald (2 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Makeup Department
Sylvia Mays .... makeup artist (44 episodes, 1988-1990)
JoAnn Stafford-Chaney .... hair stylist (44 episodes, 1988-1990)
Wynona Price .... makeup artist (42 episodes, 1990-1994)
Marilyn Peoples .... makeup artist (35 episodes, 1990-1995)
Dianne Roberson .... hair stylist (24 episodes, 1990-1992)
Pat Gerhardt .... makeup artist (21 episodes, 1988-1990)
Robin LaVigne .... makeup artist (10 episodes, 1989-1990)
Ronald W. Smith .... hair stylist (9 episodes, 1990)
Janice D. Brandow .... hair stylist (8 episodes, 1988)
Dee Manges .... makeup artist (8 episodes, 1988)
Caren Dahy .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1989)
Emanuel Millar .... hair stylist (6 episodes, 1994-1995)
Jack Wilson .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1991-1992)
Lynne K. Eagan .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1994-1995)
Michael Tyler .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1993-1994)
 
Series Production Management
Bruce A. Pobjoy .... post-production supervisor (86 episodes, 1988-1992)
Herb Adelman .... unit production manager (63 episodes, 1989-1995)
Andrew Gonzales .... post-production executive (52 episodes, 1988-1993)
Christopher Seitz .... executive in charge of production (52 episodes, 1988-1990)
Ron Von Schimmelmann .... executive in charge of production (34 episodes, 1990-1992)
Edward Ledding .... unit production manager (22 episodes, 1988-1989)
Al Kraus .... unit production manager (8 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Griffin .... second assistant director / first assistant director / ... (79 episodes, 1988-1995)
Paul Chavez .... first assistant director (38 episodes, 1988-1995)
Eldon Burke .... first assistant director (30 episodes, 1988-1991)
Richard J. Levin .... second assistant director (17 episodes, 1991-1992)
Mark Hansson .... second assistant director (7 episodes, 1993-1995)
Cathy A. Roszell .... second assistant director (6 episodes, 1988)
Nick Smirnoff .... first assistant director (6 episodes, 1988)
Christian P. Della Penna .... second assistant director / first assistant director (6 episodes, 1991-1994)
Richard A. Wells .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1988)
Robin Winter .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1988)

Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... second unit director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Erik Grasteit .... assistant property master (130 episodes, 1988-1993)
Russell Goble .... property master (88 episodes, 1988-1994)
Joseph F. Beeco .... carpenter (64 episodes, 1990-1993)
Don Rohm .... construction coordinator (57 episodes, 1989-1994)
Chuck Arrigo .... construction coordinator (22 episodes, 1988-1989)
Barry Kingston .... construction coordinator (8 episodes, 1988)
Robert M. Parker .... construction coordinator (4 episodes, 1994-1995)
Vic Petrotta Jr. .... property master (4 episodes, 1994-1995)
Frank Galline .... leadman (2 episodes, 1988)
Frank Hendrick .... set dresser (2 episodes, 1988)

Alba Leone .... lead person (unknown episodes, 1988-1992)
Patrick Fuhrman .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Maureen Dowdell .... loop groop member (90 episodes, 1989-1994)
Maury Harris .... sound mixer / sound re-recording mixer (84 episodes, 1988-1995)
Tim Chilton .... foley artist (50 episodes, 1992-1995)
Neil Brody .... sound re-recording mixer (33 episodes, 1990-1992)
B. Tennyson Sebastian II .... sound re-recording mixer (28 episodes, 1988-1991)
Dave McMoyler .... sound effects supervisor / sound editor (28 episodes, 1988-1989)
Edward F. Suski .... sound re-recording mixer / sound mixer (25 episodes, 1990-1992)
John J. Stephens .... sound re-recording mixer (23 episodes, 1989-1991)
Gregg Harris .... cableman production assistant (22 episodes, 1991-1992)
Bob Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer (21 episodes, 1989-1991)
Jay M. Harding .... sound re-recording mixer (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Garrie Bolger .... sound re-recording mixer (18 episodes, 1988-1989)
Howard Wilmarth .... sound re-recording mixer (18 episodes, 1988-1989)
Gordon L. Day .... sound re-recording mixer (15 episodes, 1988-1989)
Greg Crawford .... sound effects editor (15 episodes, 1992-1993)
Robert Edmondson .... sound re-recording mixer (11 episodes, 1991-1992)
William Gazecki .... sound re-recording mixer (10 episodes, 1989)
David C. Eichhorn .... sound editor (10 episodes, 1991)
Glenn E. Anderson .... sound mixer (8 episodes, 1988)
Steve Pederson .... sound re-recording mixer (6 episodes, 1988-1989)
Greg Hedgepath .... sound re-recording mixer (6 episodes, 1990-1991)
Chris Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
Mark Smith .... sound re-recording mixer (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
Ray O'Reilly .... sound re-recording mixer (3 episodes, 1989-1991)
Bill W. Benton .... sound re-recording mixer (3 episodes, 1989)
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1988-1989)
Joe Melody .... sound editor (2 episodes, 1988)
Bill Thiederman .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1988)
Richard Portman .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1989)
Dan Hiland .... re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1991)

Bob Costanza .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Sam Perry .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Dick Cross .... special effects (79 episodes, 1988-1995)
Burt Dalton .... special effects (5 episodes, 1991-1992)
Bill Doane .... special effects (2 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Thomas Baker .... maintitle graphics (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunt coordinator (76 episodes, 1988-1992)
Chuck Hicks .... stunt coordinator (8 episodes, 1988)
Henry Kingi .... stunt coordinator (4 episodes, 1994-1995)
Maureen Dowdell .... stunts (2 episodes, 1993)
Danny Epper .... stunt coordinator (2 episodes, 1994)

Jesse Wayne .... stunts (unknown episodes, 1990)
Scott Dale .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Pat Romano .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Jimmy Harritos .... lighting technician / electrician (109 episodes, 1989-1994)
Michael Schuyler .... chief lighting technician (78 episodes, 1988-1992)
James Blanford .... camera operator (49 episodes, 1989-1992)
George W. Borthwick .... key grip (22 episodes, 1988-1989)
Ken John Borland .... key grip (21 episodes, 1990-1992)
Michael J. Coo .... key grip (18 episodes, 1989-1990)
Richard Randall .... key grip (13 episodes, 1990-1991)
Rhett Wooden .... key grip (8 episodes, 1988)
Jim Rose .... chief lighting technician (7 episodes, 1988)
Elisha Harris .... chief lighting technician (6 episodes, 1994-1995)
Lynn Lockwood .... camera operator (6 episodes, 1994-1995)
Lionel Portugal .... key grip (6 episodes, 1994-1995)
Phil Verdugo .... key grip (4 episodes, 1990)
Robert D. McBride .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1991-1992)
Gene Glick .... chief lighting technician (2 episodes, 1988)
Bill Mendenhall .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1988)
John Elton .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1989)

Guy D'Alema .... still photographer (unknown episodes)
Paul M. Pollard .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Ted Sapp .... grip (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Nan Dutton .... original casting (98 episodes, 1988-1995)
Shay Griffin .... location casting / casting: Georgia (84 episodes, 1988-1995)
Wilma Francis .... casting: New Orleans (8 episodes, 1988)
Rick Landry .... casting: New Orleans (8 episodes, 1988)
Jan Glaser .... casting: Los Angeles (6 episodes, 1988)
David Sherry .... casting assistant (6 episodes, 1992)
Ben Rubin .... casting: Los Angeles (4 episodes, 1988)
Peter Bentivegna .... extras casting (2 episodes, 1988)
Ricky Masaracchia .... extras casting (2 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Donna O'Neal .... costume supervisor (44 episodes, 1988-1990)
Sheila Mason .... costume supervisor (40 episodes, 1990-1995)
Rebecca Schaefer .... costumer: women (26 episodes, 1989-1990)
Larry Velasco .... costumer: men (24 episodes, 1989-1990)
Summer Shohfi .... assistant costume designer (22 episodes, 1988-1989)
Tony Velasco .... costumer: men (20 episodes, 1988-1989)
Shari Gray .... costumer: women (18 episodes, 1988-1989)
Brienne Glyttov .... costume supervisor (8 episodes, 1988)
June Lynn Smith .... costumer: women (8 episodes, 1988)
Gilbert Loe .... costumer: men (6 episodes, 1988)
Rudolph Garcia .... costumer: men (2 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Editorial Department
Barbara Riley .... negative cutter (96 episodes, 1988-1992)
Virginia Olah .... assistant editor (30 episodes, 1988-1991)
James C. Johnson .... assistant editor (20 episodes, 1988-1991)
Kristen Carter .... assistant editor (15 episodes, 1989-1991)
Bruce Merwin .... first assistant editor / assistant editor (13 episodes, 1993-1994)
Sean K. Lambert .... assistant editor (8 episodes, 1988-1992)
Victor B. Lackey .... assistant editor (5 episodes, 1988-1989)
Larry Breslow .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 1988)
Nancy Inouye .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 1991-1992)
Buford F. Hayes .... additional editor (2 episodes, 1988)
Frank Kniest .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1991)
April M. Henry .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1994-1995)
Dana Shockley .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1994-1995)

Jason Freeman .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Alan Bergman .... lyrics: theme music (100 episodes, 1988-1995)
Marilyn Bergman .... lyrics: theme music (100 episodes, 1988-1995)
Bill Champlin .... performer: theme music (100 episodes, 1988-1995)
Quincy Jones .... composer: theme music (100 episodes, 1988-1995)
Christopher Page .... arranger: theme music (100 episodes, 1988-1995)
Richard S. Kaufman .... music supervisor (84 episodes, 1988-1995)
Mark Green .... music editor (60 episodes, 1989-1995)
Tom Gleason .... music editor (12 episodes, 1989)
Ken Johnson .... music editor (10 episodes, 1988-1989)
Steve Livingston .... music editor (10 episodes, 1988-1989)
Ted Roberts .... music editor (8 episodes, 1988)
Michael Black .... music editor (2 episodes, 1994-1995)

Scott Cochran .... music engineer (unknown episodes)
Stu Goldberg .... composer: additional score (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Dennis Milliken .... transportation coordinator (51 episodes, 1989-1992)
Roxie Scott .... driver (38 episodes, 1989-1991)
Daniel Quick .... transportation coordinator (22 episodes, 1988-1989)
Howard A. Small .... transportation coordinator (8 episodes, 1988)
Charley Bob Burnham .... transportation coordinator (6 episodes, 1994-1995)
Tony Brazas .... transportation coordinator (4 episodes, 1991-1992)
Jonathan L. Scott .... construction driver / driver (3 episodes, 1994)

Hank Van Apeldoorn .... transportation (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
James Lee Barrett .... developed for television by / executive consultant (99 episodes, 1988-1995)
Deena Burkett .... designer: main title (94 episodes, 1988-1992)
Bill Millar .... designer: main title (94 episodes, 1988-1992)
Maureen Dowdell .... script department (90 episodes, 1989-1994)
Scott Elias .... location manager (66 episodes, 1988-1992)
Jill Freeman .... script supervisor (63 episodes, 1988-1992)
Judy Burke .... production coordinator (63 episodes, 1988-1991)
Carroll O'Connor .... story editor (46 episodes, 1988-1992)
Cynthia Deming .... story editor / executive story editor / ... (45 episodes, 1990-1994)
William J. Royce .... executive story editor / story editor (44 episodes, 1990-1992)
Mitchell Schneider .... story editor / executive script consultant (16 episodes, 1991-1994)
Lisa Robertson .... production coordinator (10 episodes, 1991-1992)
Nancy Bond .... story editor (9 episodes, 1989)
J. Bradley Smith .... location manager (9 episodes, 1991-1995)
Jane Everett .... assistant: Ms. Bartlett (8 episodes, 1988)
David Ross McCarty .... location manager (8 episodes, 1988)
Joe Gannon .... executive story consultant (7 episodes, 1990-1991)
Kathy McCormick .... story editor (6 episodes, 1988)
J. Ellen Evans .... script supervisor (6 episodes, 1991-1992)
Claire Baker .... assistant: Mr. O'Connor (6 episodes, 1994-1995)
Jo Grossman .... production coordinator (6 episodes, 1994-1995)
Hope Williams .... script supervisor (5 episodes, 1988-1995)
Stuart Lippman .... script supervisor (5 episodes, 1988)
Ann Ashcraft .... production coordinator (4 episodes, 1988)
Doris Braden .... production coordinator (4 episodes, 1988)
Mary Shelton .... location manager (4 episodes, 1989)
Lisa Robertson .... production coordinator (4 episodes, 1991-1992)
Suzie Sax .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 1991-1992)
Paul Hargrave .... location manager / location manager: Los Angeles (3 episodes, 1991)
Stephen Crocker .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1992)
Gillian Murphy .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1988)
Amy A. Blanc .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Kristen McGary .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1990)
Ken Lavet .... location manager (2 episodes, 1991-1992)
Barbara Hogan .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1994)

Susan Van Apeldoorn .... craft service (unknown episodes, 1988-1994)
Joe Davis .... lead stand-in (unknown episodes)
Sonny Ritscher .... assistant production accountant / production accountant (unknown episodes)
Timothy Stone .... assistant location manager (unknown episodes)
Jonathan Wolf .... production accountant (unknown episodes)
 

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60 min (150 episodes)
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Trivia:
The season after Howard E. Rollins Jr. left the cast, he did return for several guest appearances. However, Anne-Marie Johnson, who played Althea, didn't. Her absence was explained by having Althea leave Virgil because of her having emotional problems stemming not only from her rape, but the stress of her being married to a policeman.See more »
Quotes:
Virgil Tibbs:You know Bubba had to hit him.
Jamison:Like I always say, Bubba has all the fun around here!
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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Taking Residence, 12 October 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

21 years after Rod Steiger won an Academy Award as gum chewing police chief Bill Gillespie of Sparta Mississippi and Sidney Poitier told the world that in his city, THEY CALL ME MISTER TIBBS, the film was adapted into a successful television series about the new American South.

If you remember in the film Rod Steiger has the murder of a rich northern industrialist on his hands and reluctantly uses the expertise of visiting homicide detective Sidney Poitier to solve the murder. Now years later, Virgil Tibbs formerly of the Philadelphia PD Homicide Squad and now played by Howard E. Rollins, Jr. has responded to an offer from Chief Gillespie. Gillespie is now Carroll O'Connor and has made a place for Tibbs on the Sparta, PD as a newly made detective. Rollins IS the Detective Division of the Sparta, PD.

Because this show clicked so well these characters were fully developed over the seven year run of the series. We got to know everybody in the small town of Sparta, Mississippi and even the most minute characters were three dimensional, the writing on this show was so good. O'Connor alluded to his racist past and we saw a man in Chief Gillespie who was a work in progress. In the end he fell in love with black city council member Denise Nicholas.

Rollins had to adjust too, things don't quite work the same way in Sparta, Mississippi as they do in Philadelphia. And I'm not speaking necessarily of racial attitudes. Alan Autry played Bubba Skinner and he was something of a protégé of O'Connor's and he thought he ought to have been the detective. He was not a stupid guy either by any means. He and Rollins gradually developed a working relationship over the course of the show.

Gunsmoke was the first show to put the main characters within the context of the town they lived in. Beyond James Arness and the other principal cast members, Dodge City had a nice group of recurring regular citizens. That was nothing though like Sparta, Mississippi. Watching In The Heat Of The Night was like taking residence in that town for an hour each week.

In The Heat Of The Night was television series at its best, sad that it came to an end because of the health and other problems of its two lead cast members. It could still be running today.

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