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In the Heat of the Night (TV series)

In the Heat of the Night (TV series)
NameIn the Heat of the Night
FormatCrime / Drama
Created byJohn Ball
Developed byJames Lee Barrett
StarringCarroll O'Connor
Howard Rollins
Alan Autry
Anne-Marie Johnson
David Hart
Geoffrey Thorne
Hugh O'Connor
Carl Weathers
Crystal R. Fox
Denise Nicholas
Randall Franks
Theme music composerQuincy Jones
Alan Bergman
Marilyn Bergman
Opening themePerformed by Bill Champlin
Ending themeOne World Stephen Arnold Music
ComposerQuincy Jones
Alan Bergman
Marilyn Bergman
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes150
List of episodesList of In the Heat of the Night episodes
Running time60 minutes
Production companyThe Fred Silverman Company
Juanita Bartlett Productions
MGM Television
Original channelNBC (1988-1992)
CBS (1992-1995)
First airedMarch 6, 1988
Last airedMay 16, 1995

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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. 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.

Heat starred Carroll O'Connor as the white police chief William Gillespie, and Howard Rollins as the African-American police detective Virgil Tibbs. In the premiere episode, Tibbs, a proud, intellectual, Philadelphia police department detective, has returned to his childhood home (the fictionalized Sparta, Mississippi) for his mother's funeral. He is eventually persuaded by local politicians to remain in Sparta, as they are desperate to improve the local squad's reputation of being anti-Black and underskilled.

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