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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 22, 2004
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
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  • Starring: Enrico Colantoni, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Kristen Bell
  • Summary: In the wealthy, seaside community of Neptune, California, the rich and powerful make the rules. Unfortunately for them, there's Veronica Mars, a smart, fearless 17-year-old apprentice private investigator dedicated to solving the town's toughest mysteries. Veronica used to be one of theIn the wealthy, seaside community of Neptune, California, the rich and powerful make the rules. Unfortunately for them, there's Veronica Mars, a smart, fearless 17-year-old apprentice private investigator dedicated to solving the town's toughest mysteries. Veronica used to be one of the popular girls, but it all came crumbling down around her after her best friend, Lilly, was murdered, and her then-sheriff father, Keith, was removed from office for naming Lilly's rich father as the lead suspect. During the day, Veronica must negotiate high school like any average teenage girl. But at night, she helps with her father's struggling, new private investigator business--and what she finds may tear the town of Neptune apart at the seams. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Creator: Rob Thomas (II)
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Sep 22, 2004
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 09:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Feb 16, 2013
    100
    A wonderfully complex drama, with plenty of sly humor, that showcases slick performances from its two stars, and magically straddles the parallel universes of film noir and high school high jinks, while generously tossing out amusing asides. [22 Sept 2004, p.D1]
  2. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Feb 16, 2013
    100
    Best show of the season? Call me crazy, but it's a loopy-twisted-serpentine whodunit revolving around a whip-smart teenage girl...So let's recap. Engaging star, cool characterizations, witty scripts, meaty backstory. What's not to like? Only that networks always cancel deliciously offbeat gems like this. Let's hope UPN doesn't actually want to be a "real" network, after all. [22 Sept 2004, p.C01]
  3. Reviewed by: Gillian Flynn
    Jun 18, 2013
    91
    What makes Veronica so strangely touching is that on a larger scale, her quest mirrors the common teen conundrum: My family's screwed up, and I'm not cool enough. How can I fix it?
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Feb 16, 2013
    88
    Luckily for us, UPN has found a terrific young actress to play this terrifically engaging character: Kristen Bell. Whether you buy the idea of teen crime-solvers or not, there's no questioning Bell's credentials as a TV star.
  5. Reviewed by: David Zurawik
    Feb 20, 2013
    80
    As improbable as the premise might sound, Bell's hard-edged performance makes it work. [22 Sept 2004,p. 1E]
  6. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Feb 20, 2013
    80
    As Veronica, Bell delightfully plays the clash between sarcasm and sweetness. The actress, who appeared in Deadwood, is one of the most valuable performers this fall. As her struggling detective father, Enrico Colantoni displays more charm than he ever did on Just Shoot Me. [22 Sept 2004, p.E1]
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Feb 16, 2013
    50
    The show wants to be hip and cool, and it often is, but it makes no pretensions that it doesn't have a heart beating underneath, much like its cool but caring lead character. [22 Sept 2004, p.D-6]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
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    Oct 27, 2010
    10
    This show is great. It's too bad it only lasted three seasons. I like Kristen Bell's snarky attitude as Veronica Mars. It has a great feeling to it.
  2. Dec 27, 2010
    10
    Witty, intelligent and entertaining, this show can appeal to all ages. It's unfortunate that it was billed as a teen drama thus minimizingWitty, intelligent and entertaining, this show can appeal to all ages. It's unfortunate that it was billed as a teen drama thus minimizing it's potential audience that eventually led to the show being cancelled. I believe this show has a wonderful potential for a come-back as an adult FBI drama using the same actors, 5 years later, and I hope the producers take advantage of the opportunity to include new fans while maintaining the old fan base. The biggest let down of Series 1 was Paris Hilton's appearance. Thankfully the character only existed for 1 episode and Paris wasn't given many lines. The relationship between our main character and her father is well written and very unique, showing much respect between them through very adverse times. The references to cult classics and popular media culture are numerous through every episode and be highly appealling to 30-60 year old viewers but would likely go unrecognized by younger viewers. Expand
  3. Aug 11, 2013
    10
    A remarkable television series. It is intelligent, entertaining, and yes, it does have a heart. Unlike most programming, Veronica Mars doesA remarkable television series. It is intelligent, entertaining, and yes, it does have a heart. Unlike most programming, Veronica Mars does not talk down to its audience; the creator's assume we are keeping up.

    The first season was remarkable, one of the best-written shows I've ever seen. The second and third seasons were still outstanding, although they weren't quite up to the stellar achievements of the first. One demeaning descriptor critics use when referring to Veronica Mars is "teen drama". It is, in that teen characters are front and center, it isn't, in that so much more is involved. Those who either didn't pay attention, couldn't follow the subtext, or simply love being snarky belittled the program as being simply a teen drama. It is akin to referring to Branaugh's version of Hamlet as "a period piece".
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  4. May 30, 2014
    10
    A wonderfully complex mystery-drama show that keeps you attentive to it's story and to it's characters; Veronica Mars: Season 1 is definitelyA wonderfully complex mystery-drama show that keeps you attentive to it's story and to it's characters; Veronica Mars: Season 1 is definitely one you should watch. Expand
  5. Dec 28, 2013
    10
    When I first started watching this show, I was VERY turned off by most of the writing and acting, but thanks to a few sharp one-liners and aWhen I first started watching this show, I was VERY turned off by most of the writing and acting, but thanks to a few sharp one-liners and a fantastic performance by Kristen Bell, I stuck with the show. If you plan on watching this show from the beginning, know that it gets better. Much better. In the past week or so alone I've gotten through the first season and half of the second. It's that addicting. In addition, the writing and acting of the supporting cast has improved greatly, making a very interesting and compelling show. Expand
  6. Feb 2, 2014
    9
    One of the greatest shows I've ever watched. It took me one week to finish the whole series. I was that hooked. There's something aboutOne of the greatest shows I've ever watched. It took me one week to finish the whole series. I was that hooked. There's something about Kristen Bell's delivery of Veronica's witty, sarcastic lines and the writing of Rob Thomas that gets me. The chemistry of all the actors are superb. Amazing show. Expand

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