Mar. 06, 1988
60 min.
CBS TV Network

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In the Heat of the Night

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.


In the Heat of the Night Season 1 (1988)

1x01 1 1x01 Pilot (1)
Virgil Tibbs returns to Sparta and joins the police force as chief of detectives.His arrival is met with resistance from police chief Bill Gillespie - who resents having an officer ...
Mar. 06, 1988
1x02 1 1x02 Pilot (2)
The investigation into the brutal murders of a young girl and the suspect in her death, leads Tibbs and Gillespie to the son of one of Sparta's wealthiest and most influential citizens.As ...
Mar. 06, 1988
1x03 1 1x03 Road Kill
The affair between the husband of a wealthy woman and her distant cousin leads to her murder. Virgil immediately suspects the pair.But he has a difficult time persuading Gillespie, ...
Mar. 15, 1988
1x04 1 1x04 Fate
Racial tensions run high when a married white woman has an affair with a black businessman from New York.Meanwhile Virgil is not happy when the Chief enlists his aid in tracking down ...
Mar. 22, 1988
1x05 1 1x05 Blind Spot (1)
Virgil refuses to let go of a grudge against a wealthy former classmate who cheated him out of a scholarship.The man has promised city leaders that he will move his business to Sparta,but ...
Mar. 29, 1988
1x06 1 1x06 Blind Spot (2)
An angry Gillespie seeks answers when an old friend is shot.And Virgil narrowly escapes death after trying to ascertain the real reason behind an old adversary's return to Sparta.Nan ...
Apr. 05, 1988
1x07 1 1x07 A Necessary Evil
In this humorous episode Virgil and the Chief arrest a man for bigamy.It soon becomes a polygamy case after an endless parade of wives come to visit their husband.
Apr. 12, 1988
1x08 1 1x08 ...And Then You Die
The Sparta police search for a killer and his girlfriend.But the case becomes personal when they take Althea and the grandson of one of the victims hostage.
May. 03, 1988
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Season 1 Characters

Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie played by Carroll O'Connor
Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs played by Howard E. Rollins Jr.
Althea Tibbs played by Anne-Marie Johnson
Officer Parker Williams played by David Hart
Sgt. V. L. 'Bubba' Skinner played by Alan Autry
Patrolman Junior Abernathy played by Christian Jules Le Blanc
Horace Goode played by Peter Gabb
Cpl. Lonnie Jamison played by Hugh O'Connor
Mayor Jim Findlay played by Dennis Lipscomb
Dr. Bridgers played by Mills Watson
Barbara Giles played by Jill Carroll
Gillespie's Girlfriend played by Margaret Blye
Officer Junior Abernathy played by Christian Jules Le Blanc
Buddy Trent played by Cameron Dye
Scott LaPierre played by Doug Savant
Ritchie Epman played by William Sadler
Willie Jones played by David Harris
Tolliver Morgan played by Stocker Fontelieu
Steve Vincent played by Michael Spound
John Reeve played by Lou Walker
Miss Elnora played by Pat Pierre Perkins
Harold LaPierre played by Kevin McCarthy
Rattler played by Ralph Joseph
Logan played by Douglas Rye
Ben Gilroy played by J. Kevin Brune

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Season 1 Videos

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Season 1 Quotes

01x01 - Pilot (1) Season 1 / Episode 1: - Pilot (1)

Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs: I want to like you people; and I want you people to like me. But there can be no liking without respect, and until there is that respect you will call me *Mister* Tibbs!
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Season 1 Trivia

  • Episode 08 - Marisa Hargitay from Law and Order SVU plays the lady that helped abduct Althea and the little boy.
  • Episode 05 - Goof (continuity error): When Tibbs stands up after being face down in the water, only part of his suit is wet.
  • Episode 02 - Det. Tibbs' unmarked police car is a 1975 or 1976 Ford LTD, while the marked patrol cars are much newer mid-80's model Crown Victorias.
  • Episode 05 - Goof (revealing mistake): When Bill Gillespie calls Parker on the car radio, he does not hold the talk button down while speaking.
  • Episode 07 - In this episode, Ted Lang's character plays Mr Jefferson. The same last name was used for the character on All in the Family who was Carol O'Conner's character, Archie Bunker. The second actor to play Mr Jefferson, Sherman Helmsley, went on to play on the spin off The Jeffersons.

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