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In the Heat of the Night is an American television series based on the motion picture and novel of the same name starring Carroll O'Connor as the white police chief William Gillespie, and Howard Rollins as the African-American police detective Virgil Tibbs. It was broadcast on NBC from 1988 until 1992, and then on CBS until 1995. Its executive producers were Fred Silverman, Juanita Bartlett and Carroll O'Connor. TGG Direct released the first season of the series to DVD on August 28, 2012.

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Series Cast

  1. Carroll O'Connor

    Carroll O'Connor

    Bill Gillespie

    151 Episodes

  2. Alan Autry

    Alan Autry

    Bubba Skinner

    151 Episodes

  3. David Hart

    David Hart

    Parker Williams

    151 Episodes

  4. Hugh O'Connor

    Hugh O'Connor

    Lonnie Jamison

    151 Episodes

  5. Howard Rollins

    Howard Rollins

    Virgil Tibbs

    124 Episodes

  6. Anne-Marie Johnson

    Anne-Marie Johnson

    Althea Tibbs

    123 Episodes

  7. Geoffrey Thorne

    Geoffrey Thorne

    Wilson Sweet

    123 Episodes

  8. Crystal R. Fox

    Crystal R. Fox

    Luann Corbin

    116 Episodes

  9. Denise Nicholas

    Denise Nicholas

    Harriet DeLong

    116 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 8

1994 | 4 Episodes

Season 8 of In the Heat of the Night premiered on October 21, 1994.

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Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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