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

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117 82
Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Rick Grimes The Walking Dead

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111 70
Sheriff Walt Longmire is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History

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

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81 54
Sheriff Jody Mills is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Jody Mills Supernatural

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50 54
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

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63 56
Jack Carter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Jack Carter Eureka

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77 82
Sheriff Ralph Lamb is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Ralph Lamb Vegas

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45 54
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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45 63
Sheriff Lobo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Lobo The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo

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44 63
Sheriff Roy Coffee is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Roy Coffee Bonanza

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38 51
Sheriff Stilinski is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Stilinski Teen Wolf

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34 55
Lucas Hood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Lucas Hood Banshee

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31 52
Graham Humbert is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Graham Humbert Once Upon a Time

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28 47
Sheriff Alex Romero is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Alex Romero Bates Motel

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Jim Hopper is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Bryan Birkholz added Jim Hopper

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Sheriff Jody Mills is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Jody Mills Supernatural

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20 51
Ep Bridges is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Ep Bridges The Waltons

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24 44
Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Eric Northman True Blood, A Drop of True Blood

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29 58
Sheriff Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History

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Eli Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Eli Roosevelt Sons of Anarchy

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22 47
Sheriff Jim Valenti is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History

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25 56
Sheriff Walter Chechekevitch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History

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20 46
Sheriff August Corbin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff August Corbin Sleepy Hollow

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20 48
Sheriff Shelby Parlow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Shelby Parlow Justified

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22 53
Detective Andy Bellefleur is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History

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Sheriff Hildy Granger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
bojanthebest added Sheriff Hildy Granger She's the Sheriff

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14 45
Sheriff Godric is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Godric True Blood

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12 42
Sheriff Walt Bannerman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Walt Bannerman Stephen King's Dead Zone

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13 45
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
Jimmy Brock is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Jimmy Brock Picket Fences

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

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11 45
Sheriff Bud Dearborne is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History

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10 46
Sheriff Lucas Buck is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Lucas Buck American Gothic

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11 50
Pat Garrett is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Pat Garrett The Tall Man

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11 50
Vaisey, Sheriff of Nottingham is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History

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10 49
Sheriff Tom Underlay is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Tom Underlay Invasion

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9 46
Sheriff Jim Nichols is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Jim Nichols Nichols

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7 49
Sheriff Frank Morgan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Frank Morgan Sheriff of Cochise

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7 54
Titus Semple is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Titus Semple Flamingo Road

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5 47
Sheriff John is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff John Sheriff John's Cartoon Time, Sheriff John's Lunch Brigade

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Sheriff Hugh Beringar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Sheriffs in TV History
Sheriff Hugh Beringar Mystery!: Cadfael