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.

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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 (II)

David Hart (II)

Sgt. Parker Williams

Christian LeBlanc

Christian LeBlanc

Patrolman Junior Abernathy

Doug Savant

Doug Savant

Scott LaPierre

Guest Star

Mills Watson

Mills Watson

Dr. Bridgers

Guest Star

David Harris

David Harris

Willie Jones

Guest Star

Dennis Lipscomb

Dennis Lipscomb

Mayor Findlay

Recurring Role

Peter Gabb

Peter Gabb

Horace Goode

Recurring Role

Hugh O'Connor

Hugh O'Connor

Lt. Lonnie Jamison

Recurring Role

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