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She's the Sheriff

She's the Sheriff is an American sitcom that aired in syndication from September 19, 1987 to April 1, 1989. Produced by Lorimar Television, the series marked the return of Suzanne Somers to television for the first time since she left her role as Chrissy Snow on ABC's Three's Company.

She's the Sheriff
Created byDan Guntzelman
Steve Marshall
Written byCheryl Alu
Gene Braunstein
Bobby Fine
Dan Guntzelman
Lawrence H. Hartstein
Juliet Law Packer
Steve Marshall
Mark Miller
Marty Nadler
Barry O'Brien
Bob Perlow
Richard Rossner
Mark Rothman
Directed byDavid Grossman
Gary Menteer
Lee Miller
Russ Petranto
Alan Rafkin
Doug Smart
Howard Storm
StarringSuzanne Somers
George Wyner
Pat Carroll
Nicky Rose
Taliesin Jaffe
Lou Richards
Guich Koock
Leonard Lightfoot
Theme music composerBruce Miller
Composer(s)Bruce Miller
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes44 (plus unaired pilot)
Executive producer(s)Mark Rothman
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Lorimar-Telepictures
Warner Bros. Television
Original networkSyndication
Original releaseSeptember 19, 1987 (1987-09-19) – April 1, 1989 (1989-04-01)

In 2002, She's the Sheriff was ranked #44 on TV Guide's "50 Worst TV Shows of All Time".[1]



Somers stars as Hildy Granger, a young wife suddenly widowed with two children to support. Her employment worries end when the Commissioner of fictional Lakes County, Nevada (near Lake Tahoe), offers to appoint her sheriff, the job held by her husband until his untimely death. Hildy accepts the position and is immediately forced to handle the daily problems of locals and tourists, with extra trouble created by the four deputies on her staff. In addition, Hildy has regular battles with colleague Max Rubin, who doesn't feel Hildy should be in the job.

Cast and charactersEdit

  • George Wyner co-stars as Deputy Max Rubin, indignant that he has been passed over for the job of Sheriff.
  • Pat Carroll portrays Gussie Holt, Hildy's mother, and part-time writer.
  • Lou Richards co-stars as Deputy Dennis Putnam, a naive man who takes things too literally.
  • Guich Koock co-stars as Deputy Hugh Mulcahy, a man admired for his intelligence.
  • Leonard Lightfoot co-stars as Deputy Alvin Wiggins who tries to be a voice of reason.
  • Taliesin Jaffe and Nicky Rose portray Hildy's son Kenny and daughter Allison, respectively.

Episode listEdit

  • = Overall episode number
  • Ep = Episode number by season

Season 1: 1987–88Edit

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Air date
00"She's the Sheriff"Alan RafkinMark RothmanN/A
11"All in a Day's Work"Alan RafkinMark RothmanSeptember 19, 1987 (1987-09-19)
22"Butterfly Is Free"Mark RothmanBarry O'Brien,
Juliet Law Packer
September 26, 1987 (1987-09-26)
33"Unsafe at Any Speed"Alan RafkinJuliet Law PackerOctober 3, 1987 (1987-10-03)
44"A Little Romance"Lee MillerGene Braunstein,
Bob Perlow
October 10, 1987 (1987-10-10)
55"Lover Boy"Alan RafkinLawrence H. Hartstein,
Richard Rossner
October 17, 1987 (1987-10-17)
66"Monkey Business"Alan Rafkin,
Doug Smart
Mark Miller,
Mark Rothman
October 24, 1987 (1987-10-24)
77"Max Moves In"Doug SmartBarry O'Brien,
Mark Rothman
October 31, 1987 (1987-10-31)
88"Poker Fever"
"The Golden Streak"
Russ PetrantoBobby FineNovember 7, 1987 (1987-11-07)
99"Hildy Gets Shot"Russ PetrantoBarry O'Brien,
Mark Rothman
November 14, 1987 (1987-11-14)
1010"Child's Play"Russ PetrantoBobby FineNovember 21, 1987 (1987-11-21)
1111"Call Me Madam"Alan RafkinBarry O'Brien,
Mark Rothman
November 28, 1987 (1987-11-28)
1212"The Perils of Pauline"Russ PetrantoBobby FineDecember 5, 1987 (1987-12-05)
1313"A Hero"David GrossmanMark RothmanDecember 12, 1987 (1987-12-12)
1414"The Feds"Lee MillerSimon HunterDecember 19, 1987 (1987-12-19)
1515"New Year's Eve"Russ PetrantoLawrence H. Hartstein,
Richard Rossner
January 2, 1988 (1988-01-02)
1616"The Great Escape"Arlando SmithGene Braunstein,
Bob Perlow
January 9, 1988 (1988-01-09)
1717"Hostage"Marc GassDan Guntzelman,
Steve Marshall
January 16, 1988 (1988-01-16)
1818"All Alone"Russ PetrantoTBAJanuary 30, 1988 (1988-01-30)
1919"Hildy the Homewrecker"Russ PetrantoMark RothmanFebruary 6, 1988 (1988-02-06)
2020"Hair"Russ PetrantoLawrence H. Hartstein,
Richard Rossner
February 13, 1988 (1988-02-13)
2121"Dinsmore's Wedding"Russ PetrantoLawrence H. Hartstein,
Richard Rossner
February 20, 1988 (1988-02-20)
2222"Hildy's First Kiss"Russ PetrantoBarry O'BrienFebruary 27, 1988 (1988-02-27)

Season 2: 1988–89Edit

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Air date
231"A Not So Fatal Attraction"David GrossmanBarry O'BrienOctober 8, 1988 (1988-10-08)
242"Hildy's Public Defender"Russ PetrantoBarry O'BrienOctober 15, 1988 (1988-10-15)
253"A Friend in High Places"Russ PetrantoMarty NadlerOctober 22, 1988 (1988-10-22)
264"Have a Nice Day"Russ PetrantoTBAOctober 29, 1988 (1988-10-29)
275"Gussie Behind Bars"Gary MenteerCheryl AluNovember 5, 1988 (1988-11-05)
286"Max's Ten"David GrossmanTBANovember 12, 1988 (1988-11-12)
297"Mulcahy Gets Kicked Out"Gary MenteerMark MillerNovember 19, 1988 (1988-11-19)
308"Dream the Implausible Dream"Gary MenteerMark MillerNovember 26, 1988 (1988-11-26)
319"Father-Son Banquet"Russ PetrantoMark MillerDecember 3, 1988 (1988-12-03)
3210"Love Hurts"Michael MillerMichael KleinDecember 10, 1988 (1988-12-10)
3311"Down for the Count"Gary MenteerCheryl AluDecember 17, 1988 (1988-12-17)
3412"Midnight Run"Howard StormKimberly YoungJanuary 7, 1989 (1989-01-07)
3513"Tastes Great, Less Killing"Howard StormDoug McIntyreJanuary 14, 1989 (1989-01-14)
3614"Divorce, Wiggins Style"Gary MenteerMarty NadlerJanuary 21, 1989 (1989-01-21)
3715"Forever Young"Gary MenteerBarry O'BrienFebruary 4, 1989 (1989-02-04)
3816"The Teflon Sheriff"Gary MenteerBarry O'BrienFebruary 11, 1989 (1989-02-11)
3917"The Mother Mugger"Gary MenteerCheryl AluFebruary 18, 1989 (1989-02-18)
4018"I'm Okay, You're All Crazy"Gary MenteerCheryl AluFebruary 25, 1989 (1989-02-25)
4119"Max Gets Trumped"Gary MenteerCheryl AluMarch 4, 1989 (1989-03-04)
4220"You Always Hurt the One You Love"Gary MenteerCheryl AluMarch 18, 1989 (1989-03-18)
4321"Me Tarzan, You Hildy"Gary MenteerCheryl AluMarch 25, 1989 (1989-03-25)
4422"Kissing Cousins"Gary MenteerSuzanne SomersApril 1, 1989 (1989-04-01)

Original pilotEdit

The series had its origins in the 1982 CBS sitcom pilot Cass Malloy. Creators Dan Guntzelman and Steve Marshall pitched exactly the same format to CBS as what later made it to the air in syndication as She's the Sheriff: that of a late sheriff's wife taking over her husband's job, and the challenges she faced as a woman in a male-oriented environment. Annie Potts was originally cast as the titular Cass Malloy, but she was soon dropped during development in favor of Caroline McWilliams, who was in search of a starring vehicle after leaving the hit ABC series Benson. The pilot was shot and greenlit by CBS, and aired as a one-off on July 21, 1982. The pilot did not perform to CBS' expectations, and thus was not picked up as a series.

George Wyner and Lou Richards appeared in both Cass Malloy and She's the Sheriff, but in the CBS pilot, their characters' surnames were different. Wyner played Deputy Max Rosenkrantz, who had hoped to fill the shoes of deceased Sheriff Big Jim Malloy, but who was now miffed about being passed over in favor of Malloy's wife. Richards played Deputy Dennis Little in the pilot. The cast also featured Glynn Turman as Officer Woodrow Freeman, whose character very well served as the basis for Leonard Lightfoot's Alvin Wiggins in She's the Sheriff; Dick Butkus as Officer Alvin Dimsky; Murphy Dunne as Adam Barrett; and Dianne Kay (in her first project after Eight is Enough) as Tina Marie Nelson.

Sheriff Cass Malloy had three kids in the original pilot: teenager Colleen (Amanda Wyss), preteen Nona (Heather Hobbs) and the youngest, "Little Big" Jim (Corey Feldman). While She's the Sheriff was set in Lakes County, Nevada, Cass Malloy was situated in Burr County, Indiana.

Guntzelman and Marshall would find success as producers a few years later with ABC's Growing Pains, which prompted them to revisit the Cass Malloy teleplay in hopes of finally getting it on the air as a series. Lorimar-Telepictures took an interest in a revised version of the script, and greenlighted a series order in 1987 for the then-burgeoning first-run syndication market. (Early in production, a two-page ad was placed in the 1/5/1987 issue of Broadcasting & Cable magazine listing the show under the working title Suddenly Sheriff and with Priscilla Barnes as the star. [Barnes was the second replacement for Suzanne Somers on Three's Company.] When the show's name and casting were finalized is not known.[2][3])


David Goldsmith and Arthur Silver were the executive producers, Marty Nadler was producer, Wenda Fong was co-producer, and Lisa Lewis was associate producer.


She's the Sheriff was part of NBC's much-hyped "Prime Time Begins at 7:30" campaign, in which the network's owned-and-operated stations would run first-run sitcoms in the 7:30-8 pm time slot to counterprogram competing stations' game shows, sitcom reruns and other offerings. This experiment was short lived, however, and although She's the Sheriff was renewed for a second season, it was moved to a weekend timeslot.


  1. ^ "50 Worst Shows of All Time". TV Guide. 2002.
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