Veronica Mars

2004 • The CW
1.07K reviews
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Season 1 episodes (22)

1 Pilot
In the wealthy, seaside community of Neptune, the rich and powerful make the rules. They own the town and the high school, and they desperately try to keep their dirty little secrets just that...secret. Unfortunately for them, there's Veronica Mars (series star KRISTEN BELL), a smart, fearless 17-year-old apprentice private investigator dedicated to solving the town's toughest mysteries. Veronica actually used to be one of the popular girls, walking the halls of Neptune High with the rest of the "beautiful people." But it all came crumbling down around her after her best friend, Lilly, was murdered, and her then sheriff father, Keith (series star ENRICO COLANTONI), was removed from office for naming Lilly's billionaire father, Jake Kane, as the lead suspect. After Jake was exonerated, the scandal cost Keith his job, his home and his wife, and Veronica was ostracized by her friends, including her boyfriend, Duncan (series star TEDDY DUNN), Lilly's brother.
2 Credit Where Credit's Due
Veronica and Wallace don't believe in the evidence against Weevil, who has been arrested for stealing credit card applications from Logan's family, and launch an investigation to help their new ally. Meanwhile, after joining Ms. Mallory Dent's (series star SYDNEY TAMIIA POITIER) journalism class, Veronica clashes with socialite Caitlin Ford (PARIS HILTON - "The Simple Life 2"), Logan's sexy new girlfriend. The young investigator is intrigued by the attention shown to her by another wealthy student, Troy Vandegraff (recurring guest star AARON ASHMORE), a friend of her ex-boyfriend Duncan. Later, Veronica learns that Lilly got a ticket while driving her car on the day she died--two hours after her supposed time of death.
3 Meet John Smith
With only a commonplace name, an old address and dim memories as leads, Veronica and Wallace attempt to help classmate Justin Smith (BOBBY EDNER) find his father, who disappeared 10 years earlier. Meanwhile, as Veronica experiences some complicated feelings towards ex-boyfriend Duncan and new romantic interest Troy (recurring guest star AARON ASHMORE), guidance counselor Rebecca James (PAULA MARSHALL) calls Keith to the school to discuss the recent, dramatic changes in his daughter's life. Later, Duncan struggles with ways to cope with his sister's death as the anniversary of her murder approaches.
4 The Wrath of Con
In an effort to help Wallace's new friend, Georgia (KYLA PRATT), who was duped out of her money in an Internet scheme, Veronica must outwit a group of computer "thugs," known as the Silicon Mafia. Meanwhile, Keith makes Veronica introduce him to her new boyfriend, Troy (recurring guest star AARON ASHMORE), before allowing her to go to the homecoming dance with him. Later, Logan helps Duncan edit together a memorial video for a school dedication ceremony marking the one-year anniversary of Lilly's death.
5 You Think You Know Somebody
Veronica tries to help her new boyfriend, Troy (recurring guest star AARON ASHMORE), find his father's stolen car and turns to Weevil for assistance. But the situation becomes dangerous when she discovers that Logan and Troy's buddy might have left more than a piñata in the car after their night in Tijuana. While Keith has accepted that his wife is gone and begins dating school guidance counselor Rebecca James (recurring guest star PAULA MARSHALL), Veronica continues to secretly investigate her mother's whereabouts, leading her to stumble on a secret her mom was keeping.
6 Return of the Kane
Veronica investigates possible fraud at school in the election of student council president after Duncan wins, defeating a more popular but less affluent student who promised to eliminate the wealthy students' on-campus perquisites. Meanwhile, Logan causes a public relations nightmare for his movie star parents Aaron and Lynn Echolls (recurring guest stars and real-life couple HARRY HAMLIN - "L.A. Law" and LISA RINNA - "Melrose Place") when footage of him organizing boxing matches between homeless men is posted on the Internet and leaked to the media. Later, Veronica and Keith learn that the man who admitted to murdering Lilly is set to be executed, but a second look at crime scene photographs puts his confession in question.
7 The Girl Next Door
Veronica becomes suspicious when her pregnant upstairs neighbor suddenly goes missing, prompting both Keith and Veronica to investigate the girl's disappearance. Veronica is also shocked to learn that her mother and Duncan's father were high school sweethearts. Meanwhile, it appears that Weevil and the late Lilly Kane once had a romantic relationship.
8 Like a Virgin
A popular online "purity test" provides the students of Neptune High School with entertainment until someone makes public everyone's private results, humiliating and embarrassing several students, including Meg (recurring guest star ALONA TAL), a nice girl with whom Veronica sympathizes. Veronica searches for the culprit along with computer geek Mac (recurring guest star TINA MAJORINO - "Napoleon Dynamite"). Meanwhile, Keith helps Wallace and his mom with their unruly tenant. Later, Veronica meets with condemned killer Abel Koontz (CHRISTIAN CLEMENSON) to get answers about Lilly's murder.
9 Drinking the Kool-Aid
The wealthy parents of a Neptune High senior hire Mars Investigations to look into a cultish group their son, Casey (JONATHAN BENNETT), has joined. Veronica cozies up to Casey and infiltrates "The Farm" to learn more about its operation and its charismatic leader. Meanwhile, Veronica attempts to dispel a condemned killer's contention that her real father is Jake Kane.
10 An Echolls' Family Christmas
When Weevil's poker winnings are missing after a game at Logan's house, Veronica questions each player to piece together the evening's events and catch the thief. Meanwhile, on the eve of the Echolls' annual Christmas party extravaganza, Keith is hired by Lynn Echolls (recurring guest star LISA RINNA) to track down one of the potential stalkers of her husband, Aaron (recurring guest star HARRY HAMLIN).
11 Silence of the Lambs
A serial killer who targets college girls has struck again, and the town of Neptune is terrified. Keith, who previously worked on the case, temporarily returns to the sheriff's department to help catch the killer. Meanwhile, Veronica's own investigative caseload (and income) increases as she conducts background checks to get the "dirt" on her schoolmates' parents. But for her computer geek friend, Mac (recurring guest star TINA MAJORINO), the information Veronica learns may have life-altering consequences.
12 Clash of the Tritons
When parents accuse Veronica of providing a fake ID to their son, who's now in an alcohol-induced coma, and files suit, the search to find who's responsible leads Veronica to a clandestine, exclusive organization operating on Neptune High's campus with a possible connection to Duncan. Meanwhile, Aaron Echolls (recurring guest star HARRY HAMLIN) hires Keith to find out who's supplying pictures to the tabloids that humiliate his wife, Lynn (recurring guest star LISA RINNA). Later, Veronica hides an electronic device in the office of guidance counselor Rebecca James (recurring guest star PAULA MARSHALL) to eavesdrop on grief counseling sessions and learns some surprising information about her friends.
13 Lord of the Bling
After being hired by hip-hop heavyweight Percy "Bone" Hamilton (ANTHONY ANDERSON - "Kangaroo Jack," "Barbershop") to find his kidnapped daughter, Veronica and Keith look to the music mogul's long list of enemies and family members and the girl's Neptune High social circle for clues to her whereabouts. Meanwhile, following his mother's apparent suicide, Logan cynically endures the effusive displays of grief by his father, Aaron (recurring guest star HARRY HAMLIN), as they prepare for the memorial ceremony.
14 Mars vs. Mars
After one of Neptune High's haughtier students brings a sexual harassment suit against a favorite teacher, Veronica is pitted against her father when the girl's parents hire Keith to help in their case. Meanwhile, with the tabloids claiming his mom is still alive, Logan turns to Veronica to help him track down the truth. Later, Veronica discovers more unsettling information about Duncan's hidden medical condition.
15 Ruskie Business
To her surprise, Veronica works as a "love detective" when she's asked to track down her friend Meg's (recurring guest star ALONA TAL) secret admirer and a Russian bride's estranged fiancé. Meanwhile, after discovering that a credit card belonging to Lynn Echolls, who apparently committed suicide recently, is being used, Veronica and Logan go to a Los Angeles hotel in hopes of finding either her or a clue. Recurring guest star ALYSON HANNIGAN ("Buffy The Vampire Slayer") appears as Logan's half sister Trina Echolls.
16 Betty and Veronica
Following an emotional reunion with her mother, Veronica is hired to track down Neptune High's beloved mascot, Polly the Parrot, which was apparently kidnapped by a rival school on the eve of a big basketball game. Meanwhile, with her suspicions about the Kane family rekindled, Veronica attempts to gain access to her father's original interrogation tapes. Later, Veronica's relationship with Deputy Leo (recurring guest star MAX GREENFIELD) intensifies, as does Meg's (recurring guest star ALONA TAL) relationship with Duncan.
17 Kanes and Abel's
As she continues investigating Lilly Kane's murder, Veronica pursues a risky lead that could discredit Abel Koontz's (not appearing in this episode) confession when she discovers that the convicted killer has a daughter, Amelia DeLongpre (ERIN CHAMBERS), who is about to receive a huge payoff from Jake Kane (recurring guest star KYLE SECOR). Logan stumbles onto Veronica's detailed computer files of everyone connected to Lilly's death. At school, Veronica is hired by a senior student, Sabrina (MEGAN HENNING), to find the party responsible for tormenting her in an attempt to sabotage Sabrina's chances at becoming valedictorian. Sabrina is not well liked by most of her peers, and the long list of suspects includes her ex-boyfriend and her closest competitor. Meanwhile, unsavory, rival private investigator Vinnie Vanlowe (KEN MARINO) makes Keith a business offer.
18 Weapons of Class Destruction
A series of fire drills leads Veronica to the discovery that Neptune High has been receiving bomb threats. She enlists Wallace and Mac's (recurring guest star TINA MAJORINO) help to investigate classmates who could pose a serious threat to the school, including new student Ben (JONATHAN TAYLOR THOMAS - "Home Improvement," "Smallville"). Meanwhile, Keith stuns Veronica with the news of whom he's been secretly dating. Later, Duncan confronts Veronica about her ongoing investigation into his sister's death. JOEY LAUREN ADAMS ("Chasing Amy") guest stars as Ms. Stafford, a new substitute journalism teacher.
19 Hot Dogs
While helping a classmate search for her missing terrier, Veronica stumbles onto a bigger mystery, which affects pets all over Neptune, California. Meanwhile, tensions mount in the Echolls family as Trina (recurring guest star ALYSON HANNIGAN) tries to convince the now retired Aaron (recurring guest star HARRY HAMLIN) to accept a role in her new boyfriend's independent movie. Later, Weevil is arrested for breaking into the Kane residence and stealing something from the deceased Lilly's room.
20 M.A.D.
When a classmate's boyfriend threatens to post a humiliating video of his girlfriend online if she breaks up with him, Veronica helps her concoct a vengeful scheme if he doesn't allow the relationship to end peacefully. Meanwhile, Keith searches for Duncan after his parents post a huge reward for information on his whereabouts. Later, as her secret new relationship intensifies, Veronica learns a disturbing fact about the night that she was drugged and assaulted. Recurring guest star HARRY HAMLIN appears as Aaron Echolls, and recurring guest star TINA MAJORINO portrays Mac.
21 A Trip to the Dentist
Determined to expose the person who drugged and assaulted her at a party the year before, Veronica questions her friends and many rivals about the events that occurred that night at Shelly Pomeroy's (MELISSA HOOVER) house. Meanwhile, when one of Veronica and Wallace's stunts affects Alicia's (recurring guest star ERICA GIMPEL) job at Kane Software, she confronts Keith about his daughter's behavior. Later, in an attempt to get closer to his son, Aaron (recurring guest star HARRY HAMLIN) hosts a birthday party for Logan that surprises everyone.
22 Leave it to Beaver
In the shocking, action-packed season finale, Veronica solves the mystery of who murdered her best friend, Lilly Kane--but she betrays someone she cares deeply about in the process.

About this show

In the wealthy, seaside community of Neptune, California, student sleuth Veronica Mars and her private investigator father take risks in order to track down the truth, no matter who gets hurt.

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1.07K reviews
Katriana Malone
July 24, 2019
IT WAS THE BEST MYSTERY SMART ASS FUNNY SHOW EVER.... UNTIL IT WASN'T.... If you like being used and let down by a show's creator, then this is the show for you. Marshmallow fans followed this franchise of the wise ass teen detective and her colorful friends for three season series, raised money from kickstarter for a movie, and then read two books. For fifteen years the 'cult' fandom kept this franchise alive and loved. It had it ALL- Smart, mystery, witty, funny, romance, social commentary, music. Then Season 4 happened. We fans were led down a path to expect our much beloved series only to, at the very end, to be blasted in a totally different direction. I won't list a spoiler so all I can say is LOVE seasons 1-3, the movie and books but do yourself one big favor and take a hard pass on season 4. Watching it will suck the pleasure from all prior Mars shows right out of me. I I"d hate to have to say I told you so....
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Arleen Nava
June 12, 2014
I watched the show when I Had dreict tv right now I can't watch cause we don't have the money right now till I go back to work .The Show is cool it keeps me glue to the tv is she still doing that show cause I enjoy it please continue the good work. Arleen nava of Pomona ca
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Andrew Bohman
March 27, 2014
This is a great series with a mix of weekly mystery to solve and more long arching quest to over come. It is a little like 90210 meets Nancy Drew. The only bad part is there is a lot left up in the air when it got canceled before its time.
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