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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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163 70
Sheriff Andy Taylor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Return to Mayberry, The Andy Griffith Show

2
118 74
Sheriff Walt Longmire is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History

3
120 89
Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
The Walking Dead

4
100 85
Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
The Dukes of Hazzard

5
83 59
Sheriff Jody Mills is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Jody Mills Supernatural

6
54 57
Sheriff Amos Tupper is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
carlybobarly added Sheriff Amos Tupper Murder, She Wrote

7
65 60
Jack Carter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Eureka

8
80 87
Sheriff Ralph Lamb is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Ralph Lamb Vegas

9
47 58
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

10
48 68
Sheriff Lobo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Lobo The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo

11
45 67
Sheriff Roy Coffee is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Roy Coffee Bonanza

12
40 55
Sheriff Stilinski is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Stilinski Teen Wolf

13
6 3
Jim Hopper is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Bryan Birkholz added

14
36 59
Lucas Hood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Lucas Hood Banshee

15
30 51
Sheriff Alex Romero is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Alex Romero Bates Motel

16
22 55
Ep Bridges is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Ep Bridges The Waltons

17
31 56
Graham Humbert is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Graham Humbert Once Upon a Time

18
5 10
Sheriff Jody Mills is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Jody Mills Supernatural

19
3 7
Eli Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Eli Roosevelt Sons of Anarchy

20
25 48
Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
True Blood, A Drop of True Blood

21
31 61
Sheriff Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History

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23 50
Sheriff Jim Valenti is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History

23
22 48
Sheriff August Corbin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff August Corbin Sleepy Hollow

24
26 59
Sheriff Walter Chechekevitch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History

25
22 64
Sheriff Hildy Granger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
bojanthebest added She's the Sheriff

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21 51
Sheriff Shelby Parlow is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Shelby Parlow Justified

27
23 56
Detective Andy Bellefleur is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History

28
14 44
Sheriff Walt Bannerman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Walt Bannerman Stephen King's Dead Zone

29
16 50
Jimmy Brock is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Picket Fences

30
15 48
Sheriff Fenton Washburn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Fenton Washburn Dallas (1978)

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14 48
Sheriff Godric is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Godric True Blood

32
14 49
Sheriff Jake Dawson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Jake Dawson The A-Team

33
12 48
Sheriff Bud Dearborne is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History

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13 52
Pat Garrett is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
The Tall Man

35
12 52
Vaisey, Sheriff of Nottingham is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History

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11 51
Sheriff Tom Underlay is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Tom Underlay Invasion

37
10 49
Sheriff Lucas Buck is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Lucas Buck American Gothic

38
9 49
Sheriff Jim Nichols is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Jim Nichols Nichols

39
8 51
Sheriff Frank Morgan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Frank Morgan Sheriff of Cochise

40
6 45
Sheriff Hugh Beringar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Hugh Beringar Mystery!: Cadfael

41
7 57
Titus Semple is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Flamingo Road

42
6 51
Sheriff John is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff John's Cartoon Time, Sheriff John's Lunch Brigade