In the Heat of the Night

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot (1)

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 06, 1988 on NBC
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Pilot (1)
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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 hired without his approval.Virgil has trouble adjusting to the small, antiquated police force.Tibbs' first case is a racially charged murder case that is soon complicated when the suspect is murdered in his cell.moreless

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  • Virgil Tibbs returns to Sparta.

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    Virgil Tibbs returns to Sparta to attend his mother's funeral. The movie had him returning just for a visit. Before Tibbs even makes it down the steps of the church, he is asked to join the Sparta PD. The town of Sparta has become somewhat more relaxed about other races than in the movie, where Tibbs is nearly ran out of town for being black.

    Virgil suspects the town council want him him to be their token black and Chief Gillespie suspects that he is being slowly edged out of his position as Chief.This creates a fair amount of tension within the police department.

    The crime of the week is a murder of local girl, The body was dumped in a black area of town where a black youth becomes the suspect. Things are complicated by the fact the boy is found dead in his cell thenext morning. Virgil's investigation verifies his suspicions that the death was murder and not suicide.Virgil and the chief butt heads again over the lack of proper police procedure in the police department and the second dead bodysince he accepted his new job.

    The investigation is pointed in a different direction when friends of the deceased girl remember her last hours were spent in an entirely different section of town with her fiance.moreless
Carroll O'Connor

Carroll O'Connor

Chief Bill Gillespie

Howard Rollins

Howard Rollins

Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs

Alan Autry

Alan Autry

Captain Bubba Skinner

Anne-Marie Johnson

Anne-Marie Johnson

Althea Tibbs

David Hart

David Hart

Sgt. Parker Williams

Christian LeBlanc

Christian LeBlanc

Patrolman Junior Abernathy

David Harris

David Harris

Willie Jones

Guest Star

Doug Savant

Doug Savant

Scott LaPierre

Guest Star

Mills Watson

Mills Watson

Dr. Bridgers

Guest Star

Hugh O'Connor

Hugh O'Connor

Lt. Lonnie Jamison

Recurring Role

Peter Gabb

Peter Gabb

Horace Goode

Recurring Role

Dennis Lipscomb

Dennis Lipscomb

Mayor Findlay

Recurring Role

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