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Veronica Mars

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Veronica Mars
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Premiere September 22, 2004
Finale May 22, 2007
Airs Pivot (Syndication)
Creator Rob Thomas
Network UPN (seasons 1–2)
The CW (season 3)
Style 60-minute teen mystery drama
Company Silver Pictures
Rob Thomas Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Seasons 3
Episodes 64
Origin USA
Watch Now Amazon Instant Video
Official Twitter @veronicamars
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Veronica Mars (2004–2007) is a mystery crime drama that originated on UPN before moving to The CW after UPN merged with The WB. The series stars the titular character, Veronica Mars as a teenager with a knack for mystery solving, which is largely attributed to her father, Keith, a private investigator and former sheriff for the town. In the fictional southern California town of Neptune, Veronica struggles against a crowd of "09ers" while slowly moving closer to solving whatever mystery catches her eye.

The first two seasons follow the same general format. Each season has a overarching mystery storyline which most episodes touch on to varying degrees. The premiere and finale are typically entirely devoted to the major mysteries. The remaining episodes split the focus with a minor mystery of the week story, usually from a student who hires Veronica. In the third season, to revitalize the series, there were two major arcs which lasted for nine and six episodes respectively, followed by a series of purely standalone episodes. The series also switched locales, as Veronica graduated and went to college between seasons two and three.

The series has received positive critical response and has developed a devoted cult fan base, but has suffered from lackluster ratings overall. During the weeks leading up to the 2007-2008 television season upfronts, it was uncertain whether or not the series would return for a fourth season on The CW, as many other more popular shows like 7th Heaven had been initially cut from the merged line-up. Rumors began to arise during March 2007 reporting that the series had been cancelled by The CW, but creator Rob Thomas insisted that those rumors were not true. Although a quasi-spinoff was proposed for the fourth season where Veronica would act as a fledgling FBI agent just out of the academy, The CW ultimately decided not to renew the show.

Following the cancellation of the show, Thomas and Kristen Bell wanted to do a feature film adaptation, but Warner Bros. decided not to pursue that option, but the constant teasing of a film over the next six years kept the idea alive. On March 13, 2013, they launched a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter to help fund the movie, setting a goal of $2 million, that goal being reached in less than 10 hours, reaching a total of $5.7 million. The Veronica Mars film is currently scheduled to be released in select AMC theaters on March 14, 2014.

As of January 9, 2014, all of Veronica Mars is available to stream on Amazon Instant Video exclusively for Amazon Prime subscribers. On January 15, 2014, The CW announced at the Television Critics Association that Thomas will be launching a Veronica Mars digital spinoff comedy series on CW Seed. The show's premise will revolve around actor Ryan Hansen's attempts to secure a Dick Casablancas spinoff and will consist of roughly eight 10-minute episodes.

Contents

Cast

Cast Legend
Billed
Recurring
Top Billing

Main Cast

Actor Character Seasons Film
1 2 3
Kristen Bell Veronica Mars Starring
Enrico Colantoni Keith Mars Starring
Percy Daggs III Wallace Fennel Starring
Jason Dohring Logan Echolls Starring
Francis Capra Eli "Weevil" Navarro Starring
Teddy Dunn Duncan Kane
Sydney Tamiia Poitier Mallory Dent
Ryan Hansen Dick Casablancas Starring
Kyle Gallner Cassidy "Beaver" Casablancas
Tessa Thompson Jackie Cook
Michael Muhney Sheriff Don Lamb
Tina Majorino Cindy "Mac" Mackenzie Starring
Julie Gonzalo Parker Lee
Chris Lowell Stosh "Piz" Piznarski Starring

Supporting and Recurring Cast

Actor Character Seasons Film
1 2 3
Brandon Hillock Deputy Jerry Sacks Starring
Daran Norris Cliff McCormack Starring
Amanda Noret Madison Sinclair Starring
Ken Marino Vinnie Van Lowe Starring
Max Greenfield Deputy Leo D'Amato Starring
Duane Daniels Principal Van Clemmons
Christopher B. Duncan Clarence Wiedman, Jr.
Erica Gimpel Alicia Fennel
Alona Tal Meg Manning
Lisa Thornhill Celeste Kane
Harry Hamlin Aaron Echolls
Amanda Seyfried Lilly Kane
Kyle Secor Jake Kane
Leighton Meester Carrie Bishop
Andrea Estella Starring
Charisma Carpenter Kendall Casablancas
Jeffrey Sams Terrence Cook
Steve Guttenberg Woody Goodman
Krysten Ritter Gia Goodman Starring
Patrick Fabian Professor Hank Landry
Jaime Ray Newman Mindy O'Dell

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
UPN
Season One September 22, 2004 May 10, 2005 22
Season Two September 28, 2005 May 9, 2006 22
The CW
Season Three October 3, 2006 May 22, 2007 20

Feature Film

Title Release Date
Veronica Mars (film) March 14, 2014

In-Depth

  • At a Glance: Additional information about the series
  • Characters: A listing of characters in the series
  • Music: A list of music played on Veronica Mars
  • Mythology: Further information about the Veronica Mars universe
  • Mysteries: Information about every mystery on Veronica Mars

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
The Complete First Season October 11, 2005 6 purchase
The Complete Second Season August 22, 2006 6 purchase
The Complete Third Season October 23, 2007 6 purchase

Soundtrack Releases

Title Release Date Tracks
Veronica Mars: Original Television Soundtrack September 27, 2005 14 purchase

Suggested Viewing

External Sites