WHAT’S IT ABOUT? A then little-known Kristen Bell stars as Veronica Mars, a sassy, quick-on-her-feet teenager who works for Mars Investigation together with her sheriff-turned-private- eye father, Keith (Enrico Colantoni). The series began on a dark note, with Veronica having to deal with the murder of her closest friend, Lily Kane (Amanda Seyfried) by attempting to solve the case.
In doing so, she ends up in a tangled web that sees her falling into abusive relationships, dealing with her father’s fall from grace, and other traumatic coming-of-age experiences. It’s not as bleak as it sounds, however, as its creator Rob Thomas (not the Matchbox 20 singer) balances out the serious issues by having a strong female lead that can be roughly described as a Nancy Drewmeets-Philip Marlowe gumshoe detective. WHY WAS IT CANCELLED? The show was a misfit; it was all at once funny, dramatic and dark – which didn’t play well with its sibling shows like ‘One Tree Hill’ and ‘Smallville’ on the CW Network. The show did return to give fans the closure they needed when a stand-alone ‘ Veronica Mars Movie’ was produced in 2014 following a successful Kickstarter campaign. IS IT STILL AVAILABLE? No, but Netflix does have ‘iZombie’, the other Rob Thomas show whose heroine draws comparisons to Veronica.