In the Heat of the Night

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In the Heat of the Night
In the Heat of the Night-Cast.jpg
Premiere March 6, 1988
Finale May 16, 1995
Creator James Lee Barrett
Network NBC (seasons 1-6)
CBS (seasons 7-8)
Style 60-minute crime drama
Company Fred Silverman Productions,
JADDA Productions,
MGM Television
Seasons 8
Episodes 146
Origin USA

In the Heat of the Night is a crime drama that aired on NBC for six seasons and CBS for two seasons.

In the premiere episode, Virgil Tibbs, a Philadelphia detective, has returned home (to the fictional Sparta, Mississippi for his mother's funeral. By virtue of his relationship with Gillespie from a previous murder investigation in which he assisted, Tibbs is persuaded to remain in Sparta as Chief of Detectives, in an effort to help overcome the local squad's reputation of being racist and underskilled. Although the team experiences friction over Tibbs' dissatisfaction with the department's limited resources and racial attitudes while Gillespie is annoyed at Tibbs' condescending suspicion of his hometown, they prove highly effective in enforcing the law.

Eventually becoming a lawyer, Tibbs resigned to practice in Jackson, Mississippi with occasional cases in Sparta while Gillespie was dismissed as Police Chief by the Sparta city council and replaced by Hampton Forbes, the town's first African-American in that position. Fortunately, Gillespie finds a new post of equivalent authority as County Sheriff, and the two senior police officers find they get along in excellent fashion both in the professional and personal spheres.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Carroll O'Connor Chief/Sheriff William O. "Bill" Gillespie 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Howard Rollins Det. Virgil Tibbs 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Alan Autry Sgt./Capt. V.L. "Bubba" Skinner 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Anne-Marie Johnson Althea Tibbs 1 2 3 4 5 6
David Hart Dep./Sgt. Parker Williams 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Christian LeBlanc Patrolman Junior Abernathy 1
Lois Nettleton Joanne St. John 2
Geoffrey Thorne Sgt. Willson Sweet 1 2 3 4 5 6
Hugh O'Connor Dep./Lt. Lonnie Jamison 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Carl Weathers Chief Hampton Forbes 7 8
Crystal Fox Sgt. Luanne Corbin 3 4 5 6 7 8
Denise Nicholas Harriet DeLong 3 4 5 6 7 8
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Dan Biggers Dr. Frank Robb 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Randall Franks Off. Randy Goode 2 3 4 5 6
Joe Don Baker Capt. Tom Dugan 2
Dee Shaw Cpl. Dee Shepard 3 4 5 6 7 8
Tonea Stewart Etta Kibbey 4 5 6 7

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
NBC
Season One March 6, 1988 May 3, 1988 8
Season Two December 4, 1988 May 16, 1989 22
Season Three November 28, 1989 May 8, 1990 22
Season Four September 18, 1990 April 30, 1991 22
Season Five October 1, 1991 May 19, 1992 22
Season Six October 28, 1992 May 12, 1993 22
CBS
Season Seven September 16, 1993 May 11, 1994 24
Season Eight October 21, 1994 May 16, 1995 4

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
Season 1 August 30, 2012 1 purchase
Seasons 2 & 3 March 11, 2014 7 purchase
Season 4 December 10, 2013 5 purchase
Season 5 December 10, 2013 5 purchase
Season 6 March 11, 2014 5 purchase
Season 7 March 11, 2014 5 purchase
Season 8 June 11, 2013 4 purchase
Episode Collections
Television Marathon October 23, 2012 8 purchase

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