In the Heat of the Night : Everyones Ages ?

Everyones Ages ?

Just curious on everyones age, Im 29 and I find most of my friends cant stand the show and dont see how I watch it.

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I'm 26 and always heard the theme music as a small child but never actually watched it until very recently. It was only after I became hooked that I found out my dad is also a huge fan, though he prefers the Sidney Poitier movie to the series.

I figure it's pretty rare for people from the "Millennial Generation" to become fans of the show, but I could be wrong.

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I remember my dad and grandpa watchin it growing up and I always hated it. I would always leave the room or complain till my dad gave me the remote or told me to shut up! lol But a couple of years ago I hurt my back and was laid up at home and got to watching it, then got addicted. But personally I find that I really enjoy what most people hate about it. I love the second rate acting and all the southern flare to the show. I deffently get a kick out of the fashions of the time and how they fixed up teenagers.

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For as long as the show was on, I think the story lines remained pretty interesting for most of the run. I absolutely agree with you about Hugh O'Conner being stiff. He never improved in the acting department always seemed uncomfortable as an actor. I'm enjoying the reruns on WGN and my son, who is 27, likes the show, too.

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i am 24, watched it with my older siblings growing up




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26. I never saw a single episode until it started airing on TBS/WGN.

It is a very poorly written show, but, it's fun for what it is

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Im 23 and watched the re-runs in the mid/late 1990s as a kid. Unfortunately, it's not shown on TV here on Long Island/NYC anymore :(

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Poorly written????? I think not. In my opinion it is a great show well written as well.


The winds of grace are always blowing just make sure to raise the sails.

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I agree about Carrol O'Connor's role as Chief and later Sheriff Bill Gillespie. It showed how people can change their ways, and how people can move beyond racism. Several of the other characters evolved like that as well such as Bubba. In fact, Bubba was a pretty hardcore racist in some of the earlier episodes.

This was a great series and nothing will ever replace it. The greatest thing about this show was that nearly every episode contained a message about a particular issue such as racism, drugs, rape, AIDs, etc and how these issues ruin lives. I guess you could say it was like a moral guideline.

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This was a great series and nothing will ever replace it. The greatest thing about this show was that nearly every episode contained a message about a particular issue such as racism, drugs, rape, AIDs, etc and how these issues ruin lives. I guess you could say it was like a moral guideline.


Yea, I think that was the point lol It was a "issue of the week" story.

Most people think this is entirely cliched and lame though I'm one of them!

If you like that, may I suggest the "After School" specials from around the same time period?

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If you want to see Bubba at his worst, watch the first episode. There was at least one "hardcore racist" on the police force, but Bubba wasn't the guy. You could tell he had some trouble with the new police chief, but it wasn't to the point of him doing or saying anything that could be interpreted as "hardcore racist."

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Agreed. I enjoyed the series. I like the feel of show. I live in the Caribbean and the location reminds me so much of our country.

Age and how it relates to viewers

What's interesting to note is that when "In the Heat of the Night" was originally on television, it was really the last period where there was an influx of actors over the age of 50 & 60 being given series lead roles. Consider the following programs that were popular at the time:

"The Equalizer" (1985-1989). Edward Woodward was 55 when it began.

"The Golden Girls" (1985-1992). All of the actresses on the series were over the age of 50. Three were over the age of 60

"Murder She Wrote" (1984-1996). Angela Lansbury was 59 when that show began it long run on television.

"Matlock" (1986-1995). Andy Griffith was 60 at the start of the series.

"Jake and the Fatman" (1987-1992). William Conrad was 67 years old when that show enter production.

Carroll O'Connor was 64 years old when this show began it seven year run. At that time, television networks and advertisers knew that their was an older demographic out there and so they would cater to them accordingly. Nowadays, viewers over the age of 50 and not consider "desirable" and as such this is reflected in many television programs

With an ever increasing emphasis on youth in our culture, people how come to associate aging as a negative thing. Younger viewers are not interested in watching shows that have "old fogies" in it. It's a shame because the above programs (including "In the Heat of the Night") were well written and acted.

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Much like the music industry nowadays, where the major labels won't look at a pop singer over the age of 25. Very few of the veteran singers have major record deals.

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I'm almost 22, and I like this show. It's one of my favorite crime/drama show. I used to have to watch it when I was a kid, and my babysitter used to have it on TNT, and my Mom used to watch it when it was on CBS, but I was too little to understand anything with the show. I used to find the theme song funny back then. lol

My job is to inform, not persuade- Dan Rather

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I'm 31 years old. I used to watch the show when I was around 13 years old. I always enjoyed cop shows growing up, and the theme song of the show caught my attention. I always liked Virgil, Sweet, and Bubba as well. I'm glad that I can now watch all the episodes on WGN.

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You're absolutely right. I'd never thought of it that way. Back then I watched just about all of the shows you mentioned.

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I'm nearing 21 and I enjoy this show more than modern crime shows; in-fact, I can't get into modern shows. Also I think this show pulls on my heart strings so much because I live in the south and my little town is just like Sparta, so a lot of it rings true to my daily life.

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My little town is also a lot like Sparta, its a sleepy little southern town thats full of old southern money that pretty much controls the whole town by not letting any new bussiness in the area. We have more than enuf stupid racism here from both sides and way to many drugs for a town of just over 3,000 people. Hell, back in the late 90's Peter Jennigs came here as part of his marijuana documentary "Pot of Gold". It was funny that everywhere else he went most everyone had their faces blured and voice altered but everyone from here didnt, some people who had never been arrested just admited to growing pot ever year. And like Sparta this is a town where everyone knows everyones and all of their bussiness.

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I'm with you, Dark Seed. everyone knows everybody in my town and plus, racism is still a huge factor. :( But there is definitely some good, just like in the show; they showed both the good and the bad of small towns.

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WOWis there anyone still posting on this board besides me that was even alive or not an infant or toddler when the show debuted in 1988?!

I won't answer this one directly other than to say that I was in my early 20's in '88, and I remember watching the pilot episode when it first aired. Admittedly, I did not watch the show regularly during its run, but in all fairness, my life at the time left little time to sit at home and watch TV. Between college, working, and partying, watching TV was of little importance to me in those days. I watched a few episodes from time to time, but not regularly. The one with O.J. Simpson comes to mind.

But I watched the show enough to have an enormous admiration for Howard Rollins, as well as a renewed interest (at the time) in Carrol O' Connor, who I felt redeemed himself in this role. After being the poster child for every white middle-aged working stiff with racist tendencies all through the 1970s as Archie Bunker, I really feel that he wanted to set things straight with a different kind of role to add to his legacy. Just my opinion, but I really think that he didn't want to be remembered ONLY as Archie Bunker. And I think he succeeded.

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I think you are right about Carroll O'Connor's legacy. In fact, I heard him in an interview shortly before his death where he says playing Chief Bill Gillespie was his favorite role. This is evidenced by the broadening of the Gillespie character throughout the series.


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Thank you for sharing that. As for my age, let's just say I was watching All in the Family when it was first on TV. When In the Heat of the Night came on, I would watch it whenever I could, as well. I loved it even then; now I love it even more in re-runs. I enjoyed it back then, but I don't think I fully appreciated it: the great writing and acting, great character actors (e.g. Pat Hingle, William Schallert), talents (e.g., Bobby Short) and older movie stars (e.g., Jean Simmons) that Carroll found for his roles, and intelligent commentary on issues of the day. (Check out Wikipedia for a list of all the guest stars that were on over the years.) Howard Rollins, Denise Nicholas, Carl Weathers, Alan Autry, Dee Shaw, David Hart, Hugh O'Connor, Geoffrey Thorne, Crystal Fox an amazing stable of regular actors to watch. Some of my favorite episodes were the most touching ones, like the ones with the Chief's daughter (played by the marvelous Christine Elise - whatever happened to her?) and the man who was going to be put to death at Parchman (Paul Benjamin guest-roled the accused). This is an amazing series that will be watched as long as quality TV is watched. My 02 cents.

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I was 4 when it debuted (I'll be 32 next month). Granted, I didn't start watching it until it's later seasons. Although, I think they may have just been put on reruns by then. I was a bit of a police fanatic back then. I am still somewhat, but my passion for it has diminished a bit since then.

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I'm 36 going on 37!

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I'm 40 and I watched the show when it originally aired and I still love to watch it when I get to on my days off.

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23 and love this show.

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I'm 44. Watched the show when it was originally on, when I was in high school and college. Watch it with my sister, who is 32. She too remembers its original run.

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59. Watched first runs of In the Heat of the Night and All in the Family.

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37. I remember the original run. I used to watch it once in a while when I was with certain friends/family. I just now in the last couple of years got into it and have watched and rewatched all the eps. It's one of my favorite shows now :)

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I'm 26 and got hooked on the show at the age of 18.

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I'm 35, I started watching ITHOTN when it was on NBC and CBS, I loved the TV movies as well .
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