She's the Sheriff

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She's the Sheriff
Genre Sitcom
Created by Dan Guntzelman
Steve Marshall
Written by Cheryl 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 by David Grossman
Gary Menteer
Lee Miller
Russ Petranto
Alan Rafkin
Doug Smart
Howard Storm
Starring Suzanne Somers
George Wyner
Pat Carroll
Nicky Rose
Taliesin Jaffe
Lou Richards
Guich Koock
Leonard Lightfoot
Theme music composer Bruce Miller
Composer(s) Bruce Miller
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 44 (plus unaired pilot)
Executive producer(s) Mark Rothman
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Lorimar Productions
Distributor Warner Bros. Television
Original network Syndication
Original release September 19, 1987 (1987-09-19) – April 1, 1989 (1989-04-01)

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.

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 both 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 characters[edit]

  • 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 list[edit]

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

Season 1: 1987–88[edit]

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Air date
0 0 "She's the Sheriff" Alan Rafkin Mark Rothman N/A
1 1 "All in a Day's Work" Alan Rafkin Mark Rothman September 19, 1987 (1987-09-19)
2 2 "Butterfly Is Free" Mark Rothman Barry O'Brien,
Juliet Law Packer
September 26, 1987 (1987-09-26)
3 3 "Unsafe at Any Speed" Alan Rafkin Juliet Law Packer October 3, 1987 (1987-10-03)
4 4 "A Little Romance" Lee Miller Gene Braunstein,
Bob Perlow
October 10, 1987 (1987-10-10)
5 5 "Lover Boy" Alan Rafkin Lawrence H. Hartstein,
Richard Rossner
October 17, 1987 (1987-10-17)
6 6 "Monkey Business" Alan Rafkin,
Doug Smart
Mark Miller,
Mark Rothman
October 24, 1987 (1987-10-24)
7 7 "Max Moves In" Doug Smart Barry O'Brien,
Mark Rothman
October 31, 1987 (1987-10-31)
8 8 "Poker Fever"
"The Golden Streak"
Russ Petranto Bobby Fine November 7, 1987 (1987-11-07)
9 9 "Hildy Gets Shot" Russ Petranto Barry O'Brien,
Mark Rothman
November 14, 1987 (1987-11-14)
10 10 "Child's Play" Russ Petranto Bobby Fine November 21, 1987 (1987-11-21)
11 11 "Call Me Madam" Alan Rafkin Barry O'Brien,
Mark Rothman
November 28, 1987 (1987-11-28)
12 12 "The Perils of Pauline" Russ Petranto Bobby Fine December 5, 1987 (1987-12-05)
13 13 "A Hero" David Grossman Mark Rothman December 12, 1987 (1987-12-12)
14 14 "The Feds" Lee Miller Simon Hunter December 19, 1987 (1987-12-19)
15 15 "New Year's Eve" Russ Petranto Lawrence H. Hartstein,
Richard Rossner
January 2, 1988 (1988-01-02)
16 16 "The Great Escape" Arlando Smith Gene Braunstein,
Bob Perlow
January 9, 1988 (1988-01-09)
17 17 "Hostage" Marc Gass Dan Guntzelman,
Steve Marshall
January 16, 1988 (1988-01-16)
18 18 "All Alone" Russ Petranto TBA January 30, 1988 (1988-01-30)
19 19 "Hildy the Homewrecker" Russ Petranto Mark Rothman February 6, 1988 (1988-02-06)
20 20 "Hair" Russ Petranto Lawrence H. Hartstein,
Richard Rossner
February 13, 1988 (1988-02-13)
21 21 "Dinsmore's Wedding" Russ Petranto Lawrence H. Hartstein,
Richard Rossner
February 20, 1988 (1988-02-20)
22 22 "Hildy's First Kiss" Russ Petranto Barry O'Brien February 27, 1988 (1988-02-27)

Season 2: 1988–89[edit]

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Air date
23 1 "A Not So Fatal Attraction" David Grossman Barry O'Brien October 8, 1988 (1988-10-08)
24 2 "Hildy's Public Defender" Russ Petranto Barry O'Brien October 15, 1988 (1988-10-15)
25 3 "A Friend in High Places" Russ Petranto Marty Nadler October 22, 1988 (1988-10-22)
26 4 "Have a Nice Day" Russ Petranto TBA October 29, 1988 (1988-10-29)
27 5 "Gussie Behind Bars" Gary Menteer Cheryl Alu November 5, 1988 (1988-11-05)
28 6 "Max's Ten" David Grossman TBA November 12, 1988 (1988-11-12)
29 7 "Mulcahy Gets Kicked Out" Gary Menteer Mark Miller November 19, 1988 (1988-11-19)
30 8 "Dream the Implausible Dream" Gary Menteer Mark Miller November 26, 1988 (1988-11-26)
31 9 "Father-Son Banquet" Russ Petranto Mark Miller December 3, 1988 (1988-12-03)
32 10 "Love Hurts" Michael Miller Michael Klein December 10, 1988 (1988-12-10)
33 11 "Down for the Count" Gary Menteer Cheryl Alu December 17, 1988 (1988-12-17)
34 12 "Midnight Run" Howard Storm Kimberly Young January 7, 1989 (1989-01-07)
35 13 "Tastes Great, Less Killing" Howard Storm Doug McIntyre January 14, 1989 (1989-01-14)
36 14 "Divorce, Wiggins Style" Gary Menteer Marty Nadler January 21, 1989 (1989-01-21)
37 15 "Forever Young" Gary Menteer Barry O'Brien February 4, 1989 (1989-02-04)
38 16 "The Teflon Sheriff" Gary Menteer Barry O'Brien February 11, 1989 (1989-02-11)
39 17 "The Mother Mugger" Gary Menteer Cheryl Alu February 18, 1989 (1989-02-18)
40 18 "I'm Okay, You're All Crazy" Gary Menteer Cheryl Alu February 25, 1989 (1989-02-25)
41 19 "Max Gets Trumped" Gary Menteer Cheryl Alu March 4, 1989 (1989-03-04)
42 20 "You Always Hurt the One You Love" Gary Menteer Cheryl Alu March 18, 1989 (1989-03-18)
43 21 "Me Tarzan, You Hildy" Gary Menteer Cheryl Alu March 25, 1989 (1989-03-25)
44 22 "Kissing Cousins" Gary Menteer Suzanne Somers April 1, 1989 (1989-04-01)

Original pilot[edit]

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.


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