My Favourite Television Show You’ve Never Heard Of: Veronica Mars

You’ve probably already heard of Veronica Mars, but as promised, today we’re going to talk about it anyway.

In my totally calm and cool and unbiased opinion, this show is, like, the awesomest, you guys.

Veronica Mars poster

I watch a lot of television, and it’s not often that I come across fast-thinking and even-faster-talking female characters who have their own range of interests that are outside of what their peers are doing, and who question why things are the way they are in their world instead of just going along with the status quo.

And when they do all that while they’re in high school? And they solve mysteries?! And they’re hilarious?!? Forget it. I’m a die hard fan for life. (Also known to fellow fans as a marshmallow. It’s a thing). 

Marshmallows may sound all light and fluffy, but Veronica Mars is made of deeper, darker, more complicated stuff than that. It’s a film noir disguised as a teen soap opera.

Veronica grew up in small-town Neptune, California, the daughter of well-respected County Sheriff  and girlfriend of one of the wealthiest and most popular guys in school. Sounds familiar, right? Then Veronica gets dumped. Still nothing new? Not quite.

While reeling from the breakup, her best friend (and ex’s sister), Lilly, is murdered, and the sheriff thinks Lily’s father is involved. Lily’s father also happens to be the richest and most powerful man in Neptune, and the accusation against him sets off a chain of events that result in Veronica’s dad losing his job, Veronica’s mom abandoning the family, and Veronica herself being drugged and raped at a party.

Remember when I said this show was hilarious?

Veronica cuts ties with her old crowd, cuts her hair (she’s a teenager – it’s symbolic) takes a part time job in her father’s newly-opened private investigation agency … and starts kicking a** and taking names. And is witty while she does it, too:

Jackson Douglas: I hear you do detective stuff for people.Veronica Mars

Veronica: I do favors for friends.

Jackson Douglas: I can pay.

Veronica: Sit down, friend.

It was only on the air for three seasons, but you can watch Veronica quip her way through high school while solving her best friend’s murder on dvd. And soon we’ll be able to see her on the big screen, too!

That was fun. Thanks for letting me unleash my inner marshmallow everybody!  I hope to see you again tomorrow for WoW Friday!

love amb

23 thoughts on “My Favourite Television Show You’ve Never Heard Of: Veronica Mars

  1. kudos on the food connections 🙂 Marshmallows AND twinkies! Seems a Nancy Drew of sorts, though much cooler. You didn’t say anything about cute guys, but bet they’re in there, too. Nice to see well-written TV, though those aren’t always the shows that succeed. ?? Go figure.

    • I thought you’d like those food connections, my culinary friend! And marshmallows especially, since I know they’re a favourite! Veronica is totally a Nancy Drew of sorts!! In fact, while I was watching clips of the show on youtube last night, I found one where Veronica and her dad are undercover – he introduces himself as “Carson Drew, attorney, and this is my daughter Nancy”. 😀

      Well written tv about teenagers, especially, it seems. “My So Called Life” and “Freaks and Geeks” were also excellent shows about life in high school that were cancelled abruptly.

      • I caught the pilot of F and G not too long ago on netflix and thought it looked worth coming back to. Will repeat the refrain: So many TV shows, so little time. Funny on the NDrew connection. Clever.

    • Isn’t it, though?!? I wish I could use it to describe myself, I so love the way it sounds, but no one would ever mistake me for a tough chick. I wear my heart on my sleeve and my marshmallow-ness can be seen by all! 🙂

    • I agree! It could easily have been really hokey, but it wasn’t. Here’s some showbiz gossip for you: the series creator, Rob Thomas, originally wrote the premise as an outline for a young adult novel, and it featured a male protagonist. But writing tv scripts paid better, so he adapted it for television and changed the main character into a girl, to make a more interesting “hook” !!!

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  3. My friend’s had Veronica Mars DVDs on her shelf, like, forevah, and it’s only recently that I’ve read another scintillating post about this show that I’m in the mood for some Veronica. Naturally, my friend will be hearing from me soon!

    BTW, great write-up. Loved, loved, LOVED the quote. Gotta love writers who use logic in the scripts to make for a good time for those watching the show!

    • Awesome!! Enjoy, and let me know what you think after you’ve watched a few episodes.

      Thank you! I had a lot of fun writing this one 🙂 And I agree, love it when writers give their characters actual motivation that makes actual sense! 🙂

  4. Veronica Mars was DEFINITELY one of my super heroes in high school. She’s witty, fun, and kicks all kinds of butt. I will forever love her. Good thing we get to see her again soon!
    -Kaitlyn 🙂

    • Hi Kaitlyn! I love that you just called Veronica a superhero – I feel the same way about her! She’s just awesome. And how excited are you for the movie?! I can’t wait 😀

      Thank you so much for stopping by! Hope to see you again soon 🙂

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