Like many black belt TV nerds, I loved Veronica Mars, still tell friends to give it a shot (and feign surprise when they lose a weekend to compulsively watching the entire first season). I share a hope with the show's former star, Kristen Bell and tens of thousands of other nerds on Kickstarter that a Veronica Mars movie is always possible: in the past three hours, they've picked up over half a million dollars in financing.
For the Uninitiated: If you're still hesitant to check out a short-lived show about a teen detective that's old enough to have debuted on the UPN, perhaps this list of actors you currently like that are Mars alumni will change your mind.
Adam Scott (now Ben Wyatt on Parks and Recreation): Granted, Adam Scott was only in one episode—which also featured a cameo by Leighton Meister of Gossip Girl/Country Strong/future New York Times crossword puzzles fame—but he played Veronica's favorite teacher who then disappointed her, which taught her an important lesson about how all fathers who aren't her dad are disgusting perverts.
Max Greenfield (now Schmidt on New Girl): Max Greenfield played a sheriff's deputy during Veronica Mars' first season. Veronica's dad was the former sheriff, and she was constantly breaking into the sheriff's station to steal evidence, mess with her dad's asshole successor, and actually get someone to put in writing, "Veronica Mars is smarter than you.”
Veronica wasn't so good to deputy Max, but he was always helpful around the police station and super-adorable looking, even when he picked Veronica up from an '80s dance at school dressed in a Miami Vice ensemble.
Amanda Seyfried (was Eponine in Les Miserables): Seyfried only appeared on the show in flashbacks, dream sequences, or as a ghost. Her character—the murdered Lilly Kane— was the center of the first season as Veronica tried to discover the identity of her killer. Lilly was the sister of Veronica’s ex-boyfriend, ex-girlfriend of Veronica’s future boyfriend, and daughter of yet another pervy dad.
Lilly was supposed to be this larger-than-life, magnetic personality and Seyfried sold that completely, which wasn't easy given that she was essentially a passive character who only existed in memory-town. If you didn't care about Lilly Kane, you wouldn't care who killed her, and then, for the first season at least, you wouldn't care about the show. And while you might not care about the show now, watch one episode with any of these clowns, and that'll change.