The cases and adventures of the police forces in and around Sparta, Mississippi.
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 Officer Luann Corbin / ... 102 episodes, 1989-1995
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 Officer Charlie Peake / ... 86 episodes, 1989-1995
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 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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After the series ended, the house which served as Virgil Tibbs' home sat empty for a few years, before being divided up and used as office space. See more »

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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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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 Great Cop Show
8 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

This show will always be one of my favorites. It takes a look at the so-called New South and shows the many ways it has gotten better and how in some ways it is still the same. In fact, I still prefer the television series over the movie any time. The late Howard Rollins was superb as Virgil Tibbs and the late Caroll O'Connor made the perfect Bill Gillespie. However, the real standout was Alan Autry as Seargent (and later Captain) Bubba Skinner. He is the perfect example of the tough guy with the heart of gold and he was what made the show special.


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