Is it weird to say I love this show for what it could have been more than what it was? The first season was brilliant - the mystery and concept are brilliant. And the protagonist is the best - the hardboiled detective character as a teenage girl. Her relationship with friends and father are the heart of the show. The first season is weighed down a bit by her boyfriend, a last minute cast who can't act in the least. Season two is a huge drop in quality, really implausible plots and character-compromising situations. Season three recovers some of the magic and ultimately leaves us wishing for the planned fourth season where Veronica Mars goes to the FBI Academy.