Veronica Mars

TV review by
Marjorie Kase, Common Sense Media
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Strong female teen private eye digs into serious topics.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 19 reviews

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Positive messages

Themes include integrity and perseverance. The idea of standing up for the vulnerable, the poor, the bullied is prominent. The idea that wealthy people are often corrupt and can get away with things is a central idea. Issues of race and class are integral to the show's premise.

Positive role models & representations

Veronica is strong, independent, has a great relationship with her dad, and makes it a priority to stand up for the little people. But she often gets carried away in her quest to punish wrongdoers by lying, cheating, and/or breaking the law to get to the truth.


Fights, gang violence, destruction of property. The main character is seemingly a victim of date rape. The initial storyline revolves around the mysterious death of a teen.


Frank sexual innuendo, images of teenagers making out in cars.


Some profanity -- "ass," "hell," etc.


Macintosh products are featured prominently.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Flashback scenes feature teens drinking without consequences. Drug use is treated with negative consequences. The main character is unknowingly given GHB. Her mother is an alcoholic.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Veronica Mars centers on a smart, independent teen girl who stands up for victims, but who often resorts to breaking rules to accomplish this. The series features violence and sexual references. Although the program is set in high school, it deals with very adult themes -- including murder, greed, infidelity, gang violence, and date rape -- and should be prescreened before allowing teens to tune in.

User Reviews

Adult Written byTxJosh April 9, 2008
Adult Written bywahoosigma April 9, 2008

Smart and Sassy but filled with moral dilemas

This is a well-written smart show. However, it as a teen drama it highlights all the pitfalls of teenhood -- status issues, drugs, sex and gang issues. These... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bysunnysideup7685 July 10, 2012

Sexual Second Season

I was really getting into this show, until they showed an up close shot of Veronica's ex boyfriend having sex with his best friend's mom. The show has... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 7, 2010

I think buffy the vampire slayer meets nacy drew.

Im 12 (almost 13) and i have watching this show with my mom and we are on the last disc of season one and it is so good! The only thing to be concerned about is... Continue reading

What's the story?

Set in the wealthy California town of Neptune, VERONICA MARS is the story of a plucky 17-year-old detective (Kristen Bell) whose picture-perfect popular existence is cut short when her best friend/boyfriend's sister, Lilly Kane, is murdered. After a lowlife is arrested and convicted of the crime, Veronica's dad, town sheriff Keith (Enrico Colantoni), becomes convinced that Lilly's much-admired father is the real murderer. While Keith is deposed from office for his unpopular opinions and abandoned by his wife, Veronica remains steadfastly by his side. To support himself and his daughter, Keith sets up shop as a private eye. While he investigates crimes, a now-hardened Veronica does her own work on the sly for students falsely accused of crimes.

Is it any good?

On the surface, this may appear to be yet another teen melodrama, but thanks to witty dialogue, unique direction, and exceptional acting, this unpredictable neo-noir sets itself a cut above the rest. That said, Veronica Mars' storylines can often be dark, complicated, and scary for young viewers; one episode features a bus of school kids that goes off a cliff.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether they think Veronica Mars is a role model. Do you think her ability to stand up against the rich and popular kids is realistic?

  • What are the positives and negatives of high school popularity? How does Veronica's change in status affect her actions? They can also talk about the race and class issues that the show raises -- do teens see these types of problems in their own community?

  • How do the characters on Veronica Mars demonstrate integrity and perseverance? Why are these important character strengths?

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