Sheriffs have made a come back, ruling our television screens once again with those cowboy hats we all love. These supposed ‘voices of the people’ embody all of the things we look for in entertainment. We are a world obsessed with action, violence, and all too sweet karma; a concoction that is always guaranteed with every star-shaped badge. To commemorate the release of Banshee, available to own and watch instantly via blinkbox and out on DVD and Blu-Ray on 2nd September, ‘the small town with big secrets’, we are paying homage to the 10 Sheriffs on TV that really dish out the justice – or perpetuate the corruption.
EUREKA: Jack Carter
1) The everyman of Sheriff’s, Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson) from Eureka is not the sharpest kid on the block, despite his IQ of 111, as his town is full of geniuses. However, time and time again it’s his simplicity and instinct that saves the day. It’s always a glorious moment when normality overrules the supernatural. You have to love him!
BANSHEE: Lucas Hood
2) Ex-con and thief extraordinaire, Lucas Hood (Antony Starr) from Banshee is the epitome of the good bad guy. Adopting the identity of a dead Sheriff and embracing his dodgy past and criminal values, Hood certainly make for an interesting, if not compelling, Sheriff. His unique take on law enforcement, coupled with his charismatic swagger, sets him up as a Sheriff to watch – literally!
TRUE BLOOD: Eric Northman
3) Memorable for being more than just immortal, Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) from True Blood is the handsome, albeit 1,100 years old, Sheriff of a vampire district in Louisiana. An integral part of vampire politics and steamy lover to waitress Sookie, Northman provides love, sex and violence to our screens weekly. What more could you want?
VERONICA MARS: Don Lamb
4) An ineffectual bureaucrat, Sheriff Don Lamb (Michael Muhney) from Veronica Mars is the ultimate ‘love to hate’ character. He is exactly what’s wrong with the judiciary system: status hungry and egocentric. Corruption, undermining and witty banter are his major traits, and we love it!
LONGMIRE: Walt Longmire
5) We can all relate to Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) from Longmire in his feelings of solitude and his overly self-judging ways. He is the archetype of the traditional Sheriff as well as an emblem of justice and duty – a figure of inspiration.
THE WALKING DEAD: Rick Grimes
6) A zombie-fighting Sheriff just says it all! Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) from The Walking Dead really does ‘protect and serve’ as he tries to shield the ones he loves from the living dead that has swamped the world around him. He is the upstanding Sheriff in the middle of utter chaos.
THE DUKES OF HAZZARD: Sheriff Rosco P Coltrane
7) Corrupt but loveable, Sheriff Rosco P Coltrane (James Best) from The Dukes of Hazzard provides much comedic value. His awkward and child-like characteristics add a bit of fun to the representation of the Law – finally a bit of light relief!
TWIN PEAKS: Harry Truman
8) Sharing his name with the 33rd president of the United States of America, Harry Truman (Michael Ontkean) from Twin Peaks is a true Western hero in his dedication to honesty and the Law. Whilst at times he is the Dr Watson to Sherlock Holmes, this Sheriff is down to earth and quite frankly knows how to sport a cowboy hat.
THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW: Andy Taylor
9) Relaxed, efficient and full of moral fibre, Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith) from The Andy Griffith Show is definitively ‘old-school’. Taylor’s quick-witted banter paired with his deputies’ clumsiness provides us with a traditional Sheriff, full of family fun.
ONCE UPON A TIME: Graham Humbert
10) Graham Humbert (Jamie Dornan) from Once Upon A Time, is literally the fairy tale equivalent of law enforcement. He defies the wishes of the Evil Queen, acts like the Knight in shining armour and in doing so becomes enslaved. Graham is a true martyr to the Sheriff cause.
Banshee is released on Blu-ray, DVD and available to own and watch instantly via blinkbox on 2 September 2013