Veronica Mars: Season 1 (2004 - 2005)

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Veronica Mars is geared towards teens, but its sharp writing, excellent acting and thoughtful subject matter make for an entertaining and attractive drama for TV fans of all ages.

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 22, 2004
2
Air date: Sep 28, 2004
3
Air date: Oct 12, 2004
4
Air date: Oct 19, 2004
5
Air date: Oct 26, 2004
6
Air date: Nov 2, 2004
7
Air date: Nov 9, 2004
8
Air date: Nov 23, 2004
9
Air date: Nov 30, 2004
10
Air date: Dec 14, 2004
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Tv Season Info

Season 1 of this modern noir mystery drama follows teen Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell), a high school student and private investigator in the California seaside community of Neptune. When her best friend Lilly Kane (Amanda Seyfried) is murdered, Veronica searches for the killer.

Cast

Kristen Bell
as Veronica Mars
Enrico Colantoni
as Keith Mars
Percy Daggs III
as Wallace Fennel
Teddy Dunn
as Duncan Kane
Jason Dohring
as Logan Echolls
Francis Capra
as Eli 'Weevil' Navarro
Harry Hamlin
as Aaron Echolls
Lisa Thornhill
as Celeste Kane
Ryan Hansen
as Dick Casablancas
Duane Daniels
as Van Clemmons
Max Greenfield
as Deputy Leo
Daran Norris
as Cliff McCormack
Erica Gimpel
as Alicia Fennel
Christopher B. Duncan
as Clarence Weidman
Kyle Secor
as Jake Kane
Lisa Rinna
as Lynn Echolls
Alyson Hannigan
as Trina Echolls
Michael Muhney
as Sheriff Lamb
Corinne Bohrer
as Lianne Mars
Carl Bresk
as Teacher
Kyle Gallner
as Cassidy `Beaver' Casablancas
Kevin Sheridan
as Sean Friedrich
Amber Ojeda
as Jasmine
Brandon Hillock
as Deputy Sacks
Paula Marshall
as Rebecca James
Amanda Noret
as Madison Sinclair
Amy Laughlin
as Holly Mills
Anthony Anderson
as Percy `Bone' Hamilton
Paul Ganus
as Harvey Greenblatt
Adam Scott
as Mr. Rooks
Jowharah Jones
as Yolanda Hamilton
Linda Castro
as Mrs. Murphy
Jermaine Williams
as Bryce Hamilton
Joey Lauren Adams
as Geena Stafford
Albie Selznick
as Bill Gant
Shari Headley
as Vanessa Hamiton
Karenssa LeGear
as Cat Fighter
Bruce Nozick
as Sam Bloom
Lina Castro
as Mrs. Murphy
Natalia Baron
as Carmen Ruiz
Rebecca Kitt
as Juanita Gant
Travis Schuldt
as Connor Larkin
Jeff D'Agostino
as Tad Wilson
Daniel C. Baisden
as Skinny Metalhead
Courtney Gebhart
as Natalie McKenzie
Paul D. Roberts
as Desk Manager
Michael Canaan
as Vic Sciafarra
Martin Yu
as Mr. Wu
Jake Arnette
as Mr. Friedrich
Monique Coleman
as Gabrielle Polard
Aaron Paul
as Eddie Laroche
Deana Tucker
as Sly's Friend No. 2
Roy Werner
as Barry Randall
Nat McCormick
as Tad's Lackey
Inger Tudor
as Restaurant Manager
Ray Auxias
as Dime's Flunky
Emmanuelle Vaugier
as Monica Hadwin
Ameenah Kaplan
as Loretta Cancun
Fabiola Francesca
as Receptionist
Alex Fatovich
as Waitress
Robert Clark
as Seth Rafter
Jerry Zatarain
as Pan Wrestler
Arturo Medina
as Day Laborer
Ray Proscia
as Ice Cold Man
Christine Lakin
as Susan Knight
Deborah Vancelett
as Sondra Bolan
Paityn James
as Arriana
Juan Monsalvez
as Mexican Cop
Tristan Poje
as Government Teacher
Eric Beck
as Dr. Levine
Ken Merckx
as Papparazi
Max Bernstein
as Musician
Clint Carmichael
as Ron Sinclair
Anne Tran
as Hotel Clerk
Gwendolyn Oliver
as Choir Teacher
Lisa Long
as Mrs. Fuller
Deanna Driscoll
as Distraught Woman
Andre Boyer
as Jerky Dude
Robert Dobrev
as Renny Demouy
David Kyl-Brown
as Bass Player
Erin Cronican
as Security Guard
Bridget Hoffman
as Ellen Sinclair
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News & Interviews for Veronica Mars: Season 1

Critic Reviews for Veronica Mars Season 1

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (12)

The pilot, immediately diving us into a show rich with scandal and secrets, one with its own voice.

Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…

If you miss new adventures from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, UPN has come up with a riveting alternative.

Jan 23, 2014 | Full Review…

How. Good. Was. That. Finale.

Jul 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Have-not Veronica's ability to analyze the motivation of the haves and her creative ways of making them pay for their deeds are a satisfying source of mordant wit.

Sep 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Veronica blasted onto UPN with an infectious attitude and defiance.

Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…

It was a show that excelled thanks to writing and performance; the direction and style was fine in the first season, often more elegant and poignant in the flashbacks.

Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Veronica Mars turns out to be a wonderfully adept little surprise.

Jan 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Veronica Mars has one of the few pilots that hooks you from the jump with charm, melancholy, and a hell of a mystery.

Oct 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Superb, creatively snarky characters make Veronica Mars more than a teenage drama, and a few breadcrumbs thrown in at the end of the pilot entice you to come back for more

Feb 27, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The show starts out by taking itself too seriously and working too hard to establish an atmosphere of teen angst mixed with noir mystery.

Jan 23, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Veronica Mars is emotionally rich and complex; it's not a kiddie show, and that makes it a tough sell. But, hey, cultdom is good too.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

The slow-burn, tense, and yet somehow perfectly sensible development of [Logan and Veronica] romantic relationship is truly magical, and I'm always impressed by it when I remember just how far apart they started off.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Veronica Mars: Season 1

  • Jan 24, 2014
    Veronica Mars is an exceptionally well-written show that's compelling and fun. The series follows a young high school girl named Veronica Mars who works part-time at her father PI agency, but does her own investigations on the side. Season 1 follows Veronica's investigation into the murder of her best friend Lilly Kane, and the cover up that destroyed her family and turned them into pariahs. While this main overarcing story is always in the background, each episode has its own intriguing case. Additionally, the cast is especially strong; particularly Kristen Bell, who gives an excellent performance and brings a lot of charisma to the series. The show also makes good use of its guest stars, and Season 1 features appearances by Paris Hilton, Alyson Hannigan, Adam Scott, and Joey Lauren Adams. A sassy film noir detective series, Veronica Mars: Season 1 is full of engaging mysteries and intense drama.
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  • Jan 06, 2020
    BEST SERIES EVER.Months later I'm still gutted about the ending of season 4. BRING HIM BACK!!! the creator says that we would stop watching if the show was based on romance and wants to focus on the crime solving. DONT THEY KNOW THE MAIN ATTRACTION TO THE SHOW IS VERONICAS ANS LOGANS LOVE STORY?? PLEASE UNDO THIS. we won't even be mad if he just magically walks back into the house. Just please bring him back or a lot of fans aren't going to watch anymore.
  • Jul 20, 2018
    ABSOLUTELY brilliant. 10/10 best tv show i've ever watched.
  • Aug 08, 2017
    The best female led show ever made. The writing is so fresh and the twists genuinely surprising. Nothing about this feels formulaic. The acting should have won them all emmys, particularly Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni and Jason Dohring. For a show about rape, murder, incest and pedophilia, it's scripts are laugh out loud funny, and line readings delivered to perfection by the leads. The list of guest stars is perhaps the best part though. Harry Hamlin, Paul Rudd, Jessica Chastain, Adam Scott, Ed Begley Jr., Steve Gutenberg, Krysten Ritter, Tessa Thompson, Melissa Leo...and that's just a handful of them. It's like finding an Easter egg in each episode. The cancellation of this show was a crime against tv. It should've ended up on HBO. Don't let the teen setting fool you, because this is dark (yet witty) stuff. And Veronica Mars is what every little girl should want to be when they grow up. She's truly a hero for women, somebody who uses her substantial brains the way action heroes use their fists. As she got the crooked sheriff to announce in one episode "Veronica Mars is smarter than you".
  • Jan 11, 2017
    simply amazing, some of the best TV I have been fortunate enough to watch and the twist at the end got me good! Highly recommend this show to anyone and everyone.
  • Sep 27, 2015
    Incredibly witty, sharp, cool and steeped in pure film noir stylishness, Veronica Mars, the story of a teenage detective (and dont think that means it's daft and for kids, it's dark and violent and filled with taboo stuff) in a callifornia town filled with secrets is the ultimate case of a "gone before it's time" tv show, a character driven, multiple mystery masterpiece, headed by the insanely talented, lovely and all round fantastic Kristen Bell as the title character, she is outstanding, her line delivery razor sharp, her comic timing precision perfect, just massively charming and a huge and baffling mystery as to why she was never gifted anything as good as this show again, either on tv or especially in her hit and miss movie career, she feels like a ridiculously wasted talent. Surrounding her is an amazing supporting cast of constantly evolving characters whom you pretty much fall in love with, Jason Dohring is fascinating and really incredible as rich kid Logan, a character who you initially despise on a molecular level and somehow evolves into a very broken, tragic person you truly care about and one of the most important people in the show, enemy, the main "on again, off again, on again, off again, on again off again" love interest and usually center of much chaos in the central plots. The lovable Percy Dagg's as Veronica's ever dependable best bud Wallace, Galaxy Quests Enrico Colantoni as Veronica dad, the shamed ex-cheif of police turned private dick, whose every line delivery and off kilter quirk is a warm and delightful center of the show. Francis Capra as motorcycle gang leader "Weevil", who goes from being intense and threatening to someone you want to hug, and the list goes ever on. Each series has one big central mystery (two in the third) that gets set up in the first episode and gradually unraveled in gripping, addictively watchable style, the first concerns Veronica reason for becoming an under age sleuth in the fist place, the murder of her bets friend Lilly (played by Amanda Seyfried in ghostly flashbacks and the second series revolves around a schoolbus crash that may have been a coordinated mass murder. And the show keeps getting more strong and confident as it goes, the third series is the darkest and moodiest (even the Dandy Warhol's catchy theme "We Used To Be Friends" is moodier) with the most sinister hook, Veronica trying to uncover a series of rapes in her new college, and thats another thing you wouldnt expect, the issues this show depicts and tackles head on, things like incest, pedophilia, abuse, racism, murder, it puts all these subjects into a "supposedly" day time time show and within these parameters somehow doesn't compromise anything, and it's this along with it's effortlessly incisive wit and sarcastic humor that makes it stand out among every other show about teens. It pains me that it didnt get to carry on another four seasons, so much potential and so many introduced story threads, lost! but at least we got three fantastically entertaining seasons of funny, thrilling, edgy and emotional tv at it's best. And then of course theres the movie, which wraps up things years later and quite nicely. Quality on every level, this is one of the best tv series of all time.
  • Apr 10, 2015
    A show with too much charm for it's own good.
  • Sep 04, 2014
    Just binge watched the first season.Excellent.
  • Jun 07, 2014
    A gripping, complex and intelligent drama full of fine performances and brilliant scripts, Veronica Mars is one of the greatest shows of the last decade, using all its strengths to create one brilliant murder mystery.
  • Apr 09, 2014
    the 1st season of the hit-TV series is a smashing success it has it all; a strong, bold female lead, clever humor, wittiness, sly writing, real-legitimate drama, and great supporting actors Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars is so sassy and upbeat but still smart, reliable, and loyal the main plot of the show involving the murder of her best friend has her asking so many questions and uncovering new evidence leading to bigger truths, more lies, and shocking twists and reveals it's all in a non-stop case that has the viewer glued to the screen wondering what the next surprise will lead to again the drama here is realistic enough to cover your mouth with your hands and hold your breath in utter shock the mini-cases that Veronica partakes in for her fellow classmates is also a fun icing on the cake making the 'Nancy Drew'-esque tone feel fresh and hip and once you reach the finale it is so brilliantly pulled-off it's a shame this show lasted only 3 seasons because it's more enjoyable than a lot by today's standards

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