Who says that young, blond girls can’t solve crimes? The UPN teen drama (later picked up by the CW) was a smart, genre-defying series that mixed classic detective noir with a young girl’s attempt to maneuver her way through a cliquish California high school. The show’s title character, Veronica Mars (played by Kristen Bell), is a normal teenager with a very abnormal life: after school, she works as a private eye. One minute she’s fretting over boys, the next she’s doing her homework while on a stakeout. Each Veronica Mars episode contains one minimystery (finding a classmate’s long-lost father, retrieving money stolen during a poker game) that Mars can easily answer as she focuses on her main task: solving the murder of her best friend.
Veronica Mars ran for just three seasons, from 2004 to 2007. It earned favorable ratings and critical praise but was ultimately dropped by the CW for reasons we don’t fully understand. If only there was someone who could help us figure that out.