She's the Sheriff

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She's the Sheriff
Main title screen
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
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 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 work 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]

Season 1: 1987–88[edit]

Title Air date
0 "She's the Sheriff" N/A
1 "All in a Day's Work" 1987.09.19
2 "Butterfly Is Free" 1987.09.26
3 "Unsafe at Any Speed" 1987.10.03
4 "A Little Romance" 1987.10.10
5 "Lover Boy" 1987.10.17
6 "Monkey Business" 1987.10.24
7 "Max Moves In" 1987.10.31
8 "Poker Fever" (a.k.a. "The Golden Streak") 1987.11.07
9 "Hildy Gets Shot" 1987.11.14
10 "Child's Play" 1987.11.21
11 "Call Me Madam" 1987.11.28
12 "The Perils of Pauline" 1987.12.05
13 "A Hero" 1987.12.12
14 "The Feds" 1987.12.19
15 "New Year's Eve" 1988.01.02
16 "The Great Escape" 1988.01.09
17 "Hostage" 1988.01.16
18 "All Alone" 1988.01.30
19 "Hildy, the Homewrecker" 1988.02.06
20 "Hair" 1988.02.13
21 "Dinsmore's Wedding" 1988.02.20
22 "Hildy's First Kiss" 1988.02.27

Season 2: 1988–89[edit]

Title Air date
23 "A Not So Fatal Attraction" 1988.10.08
24 "Hildy's Public Defender" 1988.10.15
25 "A Friend in High Places" 1988.10.22
26 "Have a Nice Day" 1988.10.29
27 "Gussie Behind Bars" 1988.11.05
28 "Max's Ten" 1988.11.12
29 "Mulcahy Gets Kicked Out" 1988.11.19
30 "Dream the Implausible Dream" 1988.11.26
31 "Father Son Banquet" 1988.12.03
32 "Love Hurts" 1988.12.10
33 "Down for the Count" 1988.12.17
34 "Midnight Run" 1989.01.07
35 "Tastes Great, Less Killing" 1989.01.14
36 "Divorce, Wiggins Style" 1989.01.21
37 "Forever Young" 1989.02.04
38 "The Teflon Sheriff" 1989.02.11
39 "The Mother Mugger" 1989.02.18
40 "I'm Okay, You're All Crazy" 1989.02.25
41 "Max Gets Trumped" 1989.03.04
42 "You Always Hurt the One You Love" 1989.03.18
43 "Me Tarzan, You Hildy" 1989.03.25
44 "Kissing Cousins" 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 interest in a revised version of the script, and greenlighted a series order in 1987 for the then-burgeoning first-run syndication market.


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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