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 »

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...  Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie / ... 146 episodes, 1988-1995
...  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
...  Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs / ... 121 episodes, 1988-1994
...  Althea Tibbs 119 episodes, 1988-1993
...  Sgt. Wilson Sweet / ... 110 episodes, 1988-1993
...  Officer Luann Corbin / ... 102 episodes, 1989-1995
...  Officer Charlie Peake / ... 87 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
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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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6 March 1988 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The building used for exterior shots of the Sparta Police Department was actually the Newton County Library (later re-named the Porter Memorial Library) on Monticello Street in Covington, GA. Since the show ended, it has been home to various medical equipment supply companies. Interior shots of the Sparta PD were shot on a set built on a soundstage in an industrial building a couple blocks over. 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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Referenced in The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 8 July 2008 (2008) See more »

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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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Best TV Series
2 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

I watch this show every chance I get. Acting is superb by all. I have no complaints with any aspect of this show. Opening music is sensual and delicious, and sets the stage for some good old southern intrigue, mystery and once in awhile romance.

Most pleasant is the way they throw you off the track, always keep you guessing as to ..who done it.. There is some racial tension-- although not to offensive.. It is usually resolved in a satisfactory manner..... A gentle reminder to us all to be fair and open-minded. No nudity or profanity, a nice change from todays stuff. A must watch....


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