Veronica Mars: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (22 Sep. 2004)

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Meet Veronica Mars. Your typical high school student and private eye. A year ago, Veronica's best friend Lilly was murdered. Her father, Keith, then the town sheriff, accused Lilly's ... See full summary »



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Meet Veronica Mars. Your typical high school student and private eye. A year ago, Veronica's best friend Lilly was murdered. Her father, Keith, then the town sheriff, accused Lilly's billionaire father of the murder. When another man confessed, Keith was booted from office. All of Veronica's friends stopped talking to her, and her mother left town. But as Veronica starts her junior year of high school, it becomes clear that nothing about her life is what it seems. Written by Alex

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heroine | rape | rape victim


Crime | Drama | Mystery






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22 September 2004 (USA)  »

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In the original pilot, Lilly's body was dumped into a river and found later. The network found this a little too disturbing, especially because it involved Jake Kane disposing of his own daughter's body and had her body be left on the Kane property. See more »


During the flashback of Lilly's death, Veronica is seen running up behind Keith and then stopping next to him. In the next shot, Veronica is still running over. See more »


Wallace Fennel: That might play with the masses, but underneath that angry young woman shell, there's a slightly less angry young woman who's just dying to bake me something. You're a marshmallow, Veronica Mars. A twinkie!
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References South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999) See more »


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17 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you don't believe me, try, the next time the pilot is broadcast.

They'll need the viewers anyway since Veronica mars has been dead last on UPN since this awful premiere episode.

Why was it bad, you ask... Let's take one example: a student is found tied and tortured on the flag mast of the school. The reaction of the students? Boredom. The reaction of the teachers? None. The reaction of the parents? None again.

And all that with the tone of the episode so earnestly trying to convince you that this is a realistic show.

What nonsense!! Ever since, Veronica Mars has been hyped constantly, shown on CBS, renewed "for its potential" and has yet to get any audience traction.

The only mystery in that show is what does Joel Silver have on the CBS brass?

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