In The Heat Of The Night was set in the fictional town of Sparta, Mississippi, and followed the professional and personal lives of it's police officers. The series starred Carroll O'Connor who was also the Exec.Producer and writer of many episodes. The series dealt with a variety of issues in long run including: racism, drug abuse, rape, murder, incest, government corruption and drunk driving.
Last EpisodeTV Movie: Grow Old Along with Me Aired: May. 16, 1995
Ex-cop Tom Harwood's happiness with his new bride is threatened by an old flame who sees an opportunity for blackmail.
Series Fun Facts
- After the series ended, the house which served as Virgil Tibbs' home became a real estate agency. It has now sat abandoned and for sale for years.
- The 1989 season was played slightly out of order. The previous season ended with a cliffhanger. However, 'Carroll OConnor, who also served as executive producer, wanted to begin the next…
[show]The 1989 season was played slightly out of order. The previous season ended with a cliffhanger. However, 'Carroll OConnor, who also served as executive producer, wanted to begin the next season with the episode in which Althea Tibbs is raped because he felt that that particular episode had a strong message and that it should be the season opener. The continuation to the cliffhanger was shown a few episodes into that season with Gillespie recapping the events of what happened when he was kidnapped and the events surrounding that period.
- Even though Virgil was referred to as "Mister Tibbs" or "Detective Tibbs" his official rank on the Sparta police force was captain.