10. 'Teen Wolf'
Ran: Three seasons and counting, 2011-Present
Just say the words teen wolf, and your head is immediately filled with the sight of a hirsute Michael J. Fox backwards dunking on the basketball court and doing that ridiculous Thriller-like dance. (If your first thought was of Jason Bateman in the sequel, then we truly send our condolences.) When MTV decided to revise this Eighties comedy as a TV show, they wisely went the UPN melodrama route: Goodbye high-school zero-to-hero, hello teen angst. Hunky young Tyler Posey is a school misfit who's bit by a lupine shape-shifter; quicker than you can say "bad moon rising," he finds himself trying to get a hold of his new animalistic nature and woo the girl of his dreams — whose dad happens to hunt werewolves. Using supernatural storylines and monster-movie tropes as a metaphor for the horrors of adolescence is nothing new — Buffy bwrung seven near-perfect seasons out of the idea — but showrunner Jeff Davis and his photogenic young cast have already established an impressive blend of spooky elements and soap operatics. It's still slightly overblown, but in terms of improving on the source material, it's hairy head and shoulders above the competition.
Success rate: 6