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The Greatest Sheriffs In TV History 

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List Rules Vote up the most memorable sheriff characters in TV series, whether on the side of good or bad

List of the best TV sheriffs, including those who work to keep order and those who seek to disrupt it. These greatest TV sheriffs have worked tirelessly to keep citizens safe, track down criminals, and restore justice to their TV worlds. They’ve also done dirty back room dealings, arrested the innocent, and lied to citizens. Either way, they’ve made the list of the greatest sheriffs on TV.

 What makes a great TV sheriff? Often it’s a sense of honor; they’ll do everything in their power to make sure everyone around them is safe and the bad guys get what’s coming to them. This is often harder than it seems for the best TV sheriffs, especially since some of them must handle everything from the supernatural (think Rick Grimes on “The Walking Dead”) to incompetent deputies to betrayal. At the end of the day, though, these great television sheriffs are willing to put themselves at risk if it means upholding the law.

 Not all of the best television sheriffs are determined to keep peace, however. Some great TV sheriffs are villainous, the kind that viewers love to hate. They’re crooked, they take bribes, and they’re often driven by less-than-perfect motives, including greed or lust. A perfect example is the Sheriff of Nottingham from “Robin Hood” -- he may be on the side of the law, but he’s certainly not on the side of what’s right and just.

 This list includes the best sheriffs on TV, past or current. Some of the best TV sheriffs started out in their positions, some took them by force, and others worked their way up from the lower ranks. However they became TV sheriffs, viewers root for them or await their downfalls, making them memorable and worthy of being called the best sheriffs on TV shows.
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Sheriff Rosco P. Coltran... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs In TV History
The Dukes of Hazzard
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Sheriff Andy Taylor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs In TV History
Return to Mayberry, The Andy Griffith Show
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Marshal Matt Dillon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs In TV History
Marianne Denning added Gunsmoke
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Sherrif Buford T. Justic... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs In TV History
Kelly Sharpe added Sherrif Buford T. Justice Smokey and the Bandit
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Jim Hopper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs In TV History
Bryan Birkholz added
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Sheriff Walt Longmire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs In TV History
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Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs In TV History
The Walking Dead
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Ranger Cordell Walker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs In TV History
Leo Gessford Jr. added Walker, Texas Ranger
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Sheriff Will McComb is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs In TV History
Sheriff Will McComb In the Heat of the Night
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Sheriff Buford Pusser is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs In TV History
d12dozz added Sheriff Buford Pusser
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Sheriff Bart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs In TV History
Jay Crook added Sheriff Bart
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Jack Carter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs In TV History
Eureka
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Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs In TV History
Elizabeth Yeiter added Once Upon a Time
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Sheriff Roy Coffee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs In TV History
Sheriff Roy Coffee Bonanza
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Sheriff Lobo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs In TV History
Sheriff Lobo The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo
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Ep Bridges is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs In TV History
Ep Bridges The Waltons
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Sheriff Fenton Washburn ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs In TV History
Sheriff Fenton Washburn Dallas (1978)
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Seth Bullock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs In TV History
Chris Laferte added Deadwood
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Sheriff Jody Mills is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs In TV History
Sheriff Jody Mills Supernatural
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Sheriff Stilinski is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs In TV History
Sheriff Stilinski Teen Wolf
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Sheriff August Corbin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs In TV History
Sheriff August Corbin Sleepy Hollow
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Sheriff Hildy Granger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs In TV History
bojanthebest added She's the Sheriff
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Sheriff Amos Tupper is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs In TV History
carlybobarly added Sheriff Amos Tupper Murder, She Wrote
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Jo Lupo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs In TV History
aaronk1228 added Hide and Seek, Eureka
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Sheriff Jake Dawson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs In TV History
Sheriff Jake Dawson The A-Team