In the Heat of the Night (TV series)

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In the Heat of the Night is a television series based on the motion picture and novel of the same name. The series debuted as a midseason replacement for the short-lived NBC series J.J. Starbuck, premiering on March 6, 1988. The series ran on the network until May 19, 1992, then was shown on CBS until its finale after an eighth season, on May 16, 1995.

Heat starred Carroll O'Connor as William Gillespie and Howard Rollins as Virgil Tibbs. In the premiere episode, Tibbs had traveled to a fictionalized Sparta, Mississippi for his mother's funeral. He was persuaded to remain by the city government, which wanted to make its police department more diverse.



The executive producers for the series were Fred Silverman, Juanita Bartlett, and Carroll O'Connor.


The show dealt with a variety of issues. These included racism, drug abuse, rape, murder, incest, government corruption, and drunk driving, among others.

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