Kristen’s Top 5 Shows: #2 – VERONICA MARS

Veronica Mars
Selecting VERONICA MARSas my #2 favorite show of all time and Gilmore Girls my #3 choice is my nod to the good ole days of 2006 when you could watch them back-to-back on the CW. My Tuesdays nights haven’t been the same since.

What the show is about
Veronica Mars (played by the fabulous Kristen Bell) is a high school student who works with her dad as a private investigator in Neptune, California. Keith Mars (Enrico Colantoni) used to be sheriff and Veronica used to be a popular, carefree teenager, but that all changed when her best friend, Lilly Kane, was murdered. Keith suspected Lilly’s rich, powerful father was the killer, which outraged the town and resulted in him getting booted from the police department. After that, Veronica’s friends turned against her and she became the school outcast. Keith and Veronica have lost everything, but both remained determined to solve the case without the help of the police.

The first two seasons have season long story arcs and take place while Veronica is in high school, while in season three she goes to college. During all three seasons Veronica and Keith try to regain the life they had before Lilly died, but everything that happened since then has changed them forever.

What I liked about it
I was immediately sucked into Veronica Mars after watching the pilot. The storyline for Season 1—solving Lily Kane’s murder, finding her rapist—was like reading a suspenseful mystery/thriller that you just can’t put down. There are so many plot twists that just keep you guessing the whole season.

One thing I’m noticing is that my top 3 favorite shows are all set in quirky small (ish) towns. Veronica Mars lives in Neptune, California, which is made up of the super wealthy “09ers” (people who live in the 90909 zip code) and the people who work for them. I think Veronica calls it “the town without a middle class” in the pilot. Veronica seems to walk the line between the two groups because even though she’s not rich, she was part of the 09er crowd when her dad was sheriff. Throughout the show there’s always this underlying tension between the 09ers and everyone else.

And then, of course, there’s Veronica herself. Across TV, movies, and books, she’s one of my favorite characters of all time. Veronica Mars is frequently described as a modern day Nancy Drew because she’s a private investigator and has a close relationship with her single dad (Keith Mars is one awesome TV dad). But as much I love Nancy Drew, Veronica could kick her ass. Can you imagine Nancy hunting down her own rapist? Carrying a taser and a pitbull named Backup? Veronica is more than a tough chick though—she’s also witty, smart, and has a vulnerability beneath her brave exterior.

Why you should watch
If you like a good noir detective novel, I think you would love Veronica Mars. I’m also sure that Joss Whedon fans with an appreciation for good dialogue would love this show (Joss Whedon himself even directed an episode and referred to Veronica Mars as the “Best. Show. Ever.”). In honor of the show’s awesome writing, here are a few of my favorite Veronica quotes:

Veronica: “You want to know how I lost my virginity? So do I.”

Veronica: “So my Grandma Reynolds was always saying, ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.’ I wish she was still alive because I’d really like to ask what she suggests for when life gives you Chlamydia.”

Veronica: “If I ever die, do me a favor. Go on Oprah and tell the world that I loved kittens.”

Veronica: “When entering a frat house full of accused rapists, the pantsuit is a solid wardrobe choice. It’s fashion’s way of saying, ‘Move along. Nothing to see here.'”

Veronica: “Do you see this face? This is my over-the-moon face.”

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