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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:
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 119 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 / ... 87 episodes, 1989-1995
Dee Shaw 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


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) See more »

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In the Heat of the Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Social Circle, Georgia, USA See more »

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(150 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The beautiful, white house Bill Gillespie bought at the start of season 7 was an actual residence in Covington, GA. After the series ended, it sat empty and neglected for years, with one fan reportedly describing it as "falling to pieces". It has since been purchased again and has been beautifully remodeled. See more »


J.J. Jeffson: Well, you know what the Lord says: "Go forth and multiply, and fill the earth."
Bill Gillespie: But I don't think he meant for you to do that by yourself.
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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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A very personal part of my life
24 January 2007 | by DCBLUE25See all my reviews

"In the Heat of The Night" has been a very big part of my life since 1993. As a young Police Officer in the city of Winston-Salem,N.C., I recall catching the last two seasons on CBS. I was hooked!! As I watched every episode on TNT, I realized how genuine and true the characters were. I made my first trip to Covington,Ga in December 1996. I recall meeting some of the town folk and visiting the "Covington Flower Shop". (old gift shop) Everything looked the same; except the "POLICE" sign was removed from the exterior of the "Porter Memorial Library". It was like really being there. Howard Rollins died the very Sunday night I returned to N.C. Over the years going back to Covington, I made friends with Dan Biggers (Doc Rob) and Dee Shaw (Officer/Sgt Dee) Dan and I became such good friends he was the "Best Man" in my 2004 wedding. Dan and I returned to Covington back in November 2006. We always eat dinner at "Michaelangelo's" in Conyers,Ga. This was the "Old McGuffy House" used in many episodes. It is awesome how folks see Dan and crowd around the table. Mickey Jones (Willie Baylor) and I even became friends from one the "Heat" reunions and my wife and I were invited to his "Movie Screening" of "Simple Things" in Asheville,N.C. back in October 2006. Since 1998, my Law Enforcement experience changed from "City" to "State". The show still provided a means of escape and comfort even seeing each episode 100 times fold. Now, like a lot of good folks, it is gone, and no one can seem to tell us "Where are those DVD'S"!!!! I can only hope one day the DVD's will appear. All the Cast were great!!! I miss the departed and wish nothing but success to all the other Cast Members. Some have vanished completely, retired, regular jobs, Mary Kay, Politics, etc. I was hoping years ago before Carroll died there was a chance for a "Reunion Movie". Let's keep the fingers crossed for the DVD's...???

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