Ran: Six seasons, 1992-1998
In the end, there can be only one…okay, one-ish. The star of the 1986 movie and the original highlander himself, Christopher Lambert, actually shows up in the pilot for this syndicated continuation of the fantasy epic to enlist his fellow centuries-old Scot, Duncan MacLeod (played by Adrian Paul), to join the everlasting battle between good and evil. Having passed the mantle and katana to the new guy, the series pitted Duncan against a series of demons, zealots, a secret society known as "the Watchers," resurrected Vikings and various other "immortals" threatening the existence of humanity? Was it all remarkably cheesy? Of course — which was why the program succeeded in being faithful to it's ridiculously pulpy source material and ended up garnering a huge fan base, as well as nominations for the fantasy-based Gemini and Saturn awards.
Success rate: 5