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About In The Heat Of The Night
Action & Crime
The series In the Heat of the Night shares its name with the title of the movie and novel on which it was based. Like its source material, focused on the growing tensions between a police department and the minority community it was sworn to protect. Thanks to seven-plus seasons on the air, the television show could explore the characters and relationships of Sparta, Mississippi to an extent not possible in film. Carroll O’Connor threw his career-heft behind the role of Bill Gillespie, the embroiled chief of a small town police force. His creative input behind the scenes pushed the series towards shock-worthy (and sometimes controversial) moments.