In the Heat of the Night

1992, TV Show

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Question: Do you remember a show with, I think, the guy from Highway to Heaven and a black actor that was sort of a comedy version of In the Heat of the Night? It's driving me nuts.


Answer: Yes.

Aaaah, you didn't really think I was gonna stop at being a wiseacre and answer your question with one word, did you? You'll never so easily curb my urge to babble, Joon.

Funny you use the word "nuts," since the show in question, ABC's Carter Country, bore the name of former peanut farmer Jimmy Carter, who was president at the time it debuted in September 1977. As you say, it bore a strong resemblance to In the Heat of the Night, which 10 years later would be a hit TV series itself.

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Season 1, Episode 7
Escaped convict Lester Sproles (Will Bledsoe) and his girlfriend, Audine (Mariska Hargitay), travel through Mississippi, leaving a trail of bodies in their wake, and eventually take Althea (Anne-Marie Johnson) and Scooter (Z Wright), the grandson of one of their victims, as hostages in a desperate bid for freedom. Althea offers to look after young Scooter, whose grandmother was murdered for a few dollars. While the Chief (Carroll O'Connor) and Virgil hunt fo the couple. Althea takes the young boy fishing, unaware of the terror that awaits them.

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Paid | iTunes Aired: 4/12/1988

Season 1, Episode 6
The Sparta jail is filled with women when the six wives of bigamist James Jeffson visit bearing gifts of food only to become suspects when the man dies of poisoning. As if that were not enough, Gillespie is caught in the middle of a fight between a cellmate's domineering sister and his fiancee.

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Paid | iTunes Aired: 4/5/1988

Season 1, Episode 5
Virgil narrowly escapes death at the hands of Richie Epson's henchmen, but Gillespie still does not have enough evidence to prove the former hometown boy is a major drug supplier.

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Paid | iTunes Aired: 3/22/1988

Season 1, Episode 3
Emotions run high when Ty Hayes (Randy Brooks), a black businessman, comes to Sparta to buy the town's newspaper, and it is suspected that he is romancing the paper's married white owner, Evie Summers (Nana Visitor). Bubba's (Alan Autry) redneck cousin, Mace Trapnell (Brad Leland), is incensed at the situation and vows to kill Hayes if he sees him with Evie again.

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Do you remember a show with, ...

Question: Do you remember a show with, I think, the guy from Highway to Heaven and a black actor that was sort of a comedy version of In the Heat of the Night? It's driving me nuts.


Answer: Yes.

Aaaah, you didn't really think I was gonna stop at being a wiseacre and answer your question with one word, did you? You'll never so easily curb my urge to babble, Joon.

Funny you use the word "nuts," since the show in question, ABC's Carter Country, bore the name of former peanut farmer Jimmy Carter, who was president at the time it debuted in September 1977. As you say, it bore a strong resemblance to In the Heat of the Night, which 10 years later would be a hit TV series itself.

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Premiered: October 28, 1992, on CBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: A white Southern police chief and a black detective put aside racial animosity to solve crimes in a Mississippi hamlet. This tense drama was inspired by the Oscar-winning 1967 film, which was based on John Ball's 1965 novel. Despite the occasional health-related absences of star Carroll O'Connor (Joe Don Baker and Carl Weathers each briefly filled the chief's chair), the series had a hearty run, premiering on NBC in 1988 before moving to CBS in 1992 for its last two seasons.

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