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Im the Heat of the Night

Sunday, July 13, 2014

In the Heat of the Night was an hour long police procedural based on the 1967 movie of the same name, based on the 1965 novel of the same name. It ran from 1988-92 on NBC, then until 1994 on CBS. The movie starred Sidney Poitier as Virgil Tibbs, a Black Philadelpia detective, and Rod Steiger as Sparta, Mississippi police chief Bill Gillespie. These parts were played by Harold Rollins and Carroll O'Connor respectively in the TV show. The premiere episode had Tibbs returning to Sparta for his mother's funeral, and Chief Gillespie hiring him as Chief of Detectives to improve the department's reputation as racist and backwards. The two, originally distrustful of each other, became a good team of investigators.

In the heat of the night
I've got troubles wall to wall
In the heat of the night
Must be an ending to it all, oh

But hold on, it won't be long
Just you be strong
And it'll be alright

(In the heat of the night)

In the heat of the night
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