Veronica Mars

Why aren’t you watching this show? Why, I ask you? Why? Have your eyes been damaged by tragic alien experimentation? Does your leprosy support group meet every night of the week? Was your television destroyed in a catastrophic plant-watering accident? Have you converted to some television-eschewing religion? (In which case, why are you wandering the internet unattended?)Consider this a public service announcement: This show is great! Honestly! I’m probably the last person in America to watch the average teen shows – Dawson’s Creek, The OC, One Tree Hill, etc, etc, ad nauseum, ad infinitum. (I actually had to google to find the *names* of these bits of trash, as I categorize them all as “that one crap teen show.”)However, this is a major exception. Now, I’m not the most articulate person in the world (hence the career path into medicine, rather than, say, journalism) so I’ll just cut & paste from the wealthy, seaside community of Neptune, the rich and powerful make the rules. They own the town and the high school, and desperately try to keep their dirty little secrets just that – secret. Unfortunately for them, there’s Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell), a smart, fearless 18-year-old apprentice private investigator dedicated to solving the town’s toughest mysteries.During the day, high-school senior Veronica must negotiate the halls of Neptune High like any average teenage girl, alongside her friends Wallace Fennel (Percy Daggs III) and P.C.H. Bike Club leader Eli “Weevil” Navarro (Francis Capra). By night, Veronica helps with her father Keith’s (Enrico Colantoni) private investigator business, sneaking through back alleys and scoping out no-tell motels with a telescopic-lens camera and her math book in an attempt to uncover the California beach town’s darkest secrets. And in between, Veronica frequently helps add to her college fund by tackling a variety of problems for desperate classmates.Veronica got an AFI (that’s American Film Institute) “Program of the Year” nod. Check out the others on that list – House, Lost, 24, Deadwood – this is serious “grownup” TV, not the teen pablum that you may be expecting.For those who have UPN, Veronica’s on on Wednesdays at 9 (8 Central) – although I strongly suggest you start with the season 1 DVDs. I understand that, sadly, not every household in America has access to UPN. Mine, unfortunately, is one of them. However, I do have Netflix (available to everyone in the USA for a mere 9.99 a month) and I am given to understand that the DVDs are also available at the evil Blockbuster & Hollywood Video, for the truly desperate. Now go out there and get the season 1 DVDs. Would I lead you astray?

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