Ran: Three seasons, 1996-1999
Amy Heckerling's 1995 SoCal update of Jane Austen's Emma, complete with mall trips and sub-Valleyspeak, ended up becoming a suprise hit, and it actually seemed like a natural for a series. Rachel Blanchard made for a likable teen-heroine Cher, and a large number of cast members from the movie — including Stacey Dash's best friend Dionne and Donald Faison's Murray — reprised their roles from the movie. But though it captured the Cali-youth feeling of the film, the interplay started to ping-pong between canned goofiness and a goody-two-shoes tone; when the series moved from ABC to UPN after its first season, the show started to OD on snark and sassiness.
Success rate: 4