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
- The season after Howard E. Rollins Jr. left the cast, he did return for several guest appearances. However, Anne-Marie Johnson, who played Althea, didn't. Her absence was explained by having…
[show]The season after Howard E. Rollins Jr. left the cast, he did return for several guest appearances. However, Anne-Marie Johnson, who played Althea, didn't. Her absence was explained by having Althea leave Virgil because of her having emotional problems stemming not only from her rape, but the stress of her being married to a policeman.
- 'Carroll OConnor was replaced for some episodes by Joe Don Baker, playing Acting Chief Tom Dugan, while O'Connor recuperated from heart surgery.
- Even though Virgil was referred to as "Mister Tibbs" or "Detective Tibbs" his official rank on the Sparta police force was captain.