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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Air date: Sep 22, 2004

Veronica comes to the aid of new student Wallace (Percy Daggs III), who's being harassed by a biker gang; and investigates possible philandering by the billionaire Jake Kane. She also settles an old score with the town's sheriff; and makes an unsettling discovery about her mother, who left her and her dad eight months earlier.

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Air date: Sep 28, 2004

Veronica weasels out the truth when the police suspect Weevil of credit-card fraud involving the Echolls family. Also, Veronica finds herself on the school-newspaper staff, where she puts her photography skills to use; and rides to an assignment with Duncan.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2004

A geeky sophomore asks Veronica to help him locate his long-gone father, but the search hits a wall when it appears the man may be dead. Elsewhere, Keith meets with Veronica's guidance counselor; Veronica goes on a date with Troy; and Duncan stops taking his antidepressants, which leads him to have vivid dreams.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2004

Veronica helps a classmate, whom Wallace likes, after she's been swindled in a variation of the Nigerian e-mail scheme. Also, Troy asks Veronica to the homecoming dance; and Logan puts together a video tribute of Lilly for a memorial ceremony.

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Air date: Oct 26, 2004

Troy's car is stolen from a diner parking lot shortly after he, Logan and Logan's pal Luke return from a trip to Tijuana. Afraid to tell his dad, Troy turns to Veronica for help. Luke, too, asks Veronica for help -- the thief took with him the steroids Luke was smuggling across the border. Also: Veronica learns that her dad and Ms. James, the school counselor, are dating; and she discovers a safe-deposit key her mother left behind.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2004

Logan arranges for Duncan to run for student council despite Duncan's desire to stay on the sidelines. Veronica, meanwhile, investigates the election results; and uncovers evidence related to Lilly's murder. Also, Logan arranges a "skid-row boxing" event that results in bad publicity for his actor-dad (Harry Hamlin).

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Air date: Nov 9, 2004

Veronica worries when a young pregnant resident of her apartment complex disappears, and suggests to the woman's mother and stepfather that they hire Keith to find her. Meanwhile, Logan and Weevil find common ground while serving detention together; and Veronica uncovers a startling bit of information concerning her mother and Jake Kane.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2004

Veronica steps in to help a friendly member (Alona Tal) of the '09ers, the school's ruling clique, when someone posts the bogus results of the teen's "purity" test online. Also, Veronica visits Abel Koontz, the man who confessed to killing Lilly, in prison, and Keith intervenes when a menacing tenant living with Wallace and his mom refuses to move out.

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Air date: Nov 30, 2004

Veronica defies her dad when she helps him gather information as to why an '09er classmate (Jonathan Bennett) joined a cultlike group. Elsewhere, the teen sleuth takes the next logical step following her meeting with Abel Koontz and tracks down the person who shot the photos she found in her mom's safety-deposit box.

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Air date: Dec 14, 2004

Veronica is on the case after Weevil takes Duncan's notebook computer -- which has his journal on it -- as collateral when Weevil wins big at high-stakes poker and the money goes missing. Meanwhile, Lynn Echolls (Lisa Rinna) hires Keith when Aaron (Harry Hamlin) receives a threatening letter.

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Veronica Mars Season 1

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (13)

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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

Audience Reviews for Veronica Mars: Season 1

  • Feb 01, 2021
    It was an amazing show! Smart writing, amazing performances, and careful smart directing makes Veronica Mars one of the must-watch shows of the past century. Kristen Bell's amazing performance, as the titular title character, it is absolutely the perfect career starter role.
  • Jul 14, 2020
    A long time ago it used to be my favorite season of any show ever, with season 4 now out everything else is unwatchable.
  • Jan 30, 2020
    Veronica Mars has such a great story line and the mystery of who killed Lilly Kane is one that will make you want to binge watch the whole season. Veronica Mars is such a strong, kick ass girl who doesn't take shit from anyone!
  • 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.

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