‘Veronic Mars’ Series Cancellation Proves The Show Was Ahead of Its Time

While Veronica Mars does not deal with zombies, it seems to keep coming back from the dead like one. Fans would turn on their TV to watch a new episode every week. However, the show came to an abrupt end. 

The cast and crew would return for a film and several more episodes in the following years. While there is no news of a fifth season yet, fans remain hopeful. After all, the reason behind the cancellation meant the teen drama was ahead of its time. 

‘Veronica Mars’ is about a teen detective

Kristen Bell and Enrico Colantoni on 'Veronica Mars
(L-R) Enrico Colantoni as Keith Mars and Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars | Ron P. Jaffe/Getty Images

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The teen noir mystery series Veronica Mars takes place in the fictional town of Neptune, California. The story focuses on a teenager named Veronica Mars. At first, she is a high schooler, but she later attends college as the show progresses. When Veronica is not in class, she is an avid private investigator. 

Under the guidance of her father, Veronica solves individual cases while uncovering a more complex one. The first couple of seasons had a mystery that would last a whole season. The third season would have various cases over the span of a few episodes instead. 

Millions of people tuned in to watch Veronica Mars, and plenty of fans still love the series years after it ended. The show had a large fanbase, and people called themselves “marshmallows.” The nickname came from the very first episode, where Veronica’s friend called her one. 

Kristen Bell played the title character and reprised her role a couple of years ago when Hulu revived the series. Other cast members include Teddy Dunn and Enrico Colantoni. 

‘Veronica Mars’ got canceled then revived

Veronica Mars first premiered in 2004 on UPN before moving over to The CW. It contains four seasons and released a total of 72 episodes. The show received critical praise and had numerous award nominations, winning a few of them. Eventually, all good shows have to come to an end. 

In 2007, Veronica Mars finished airing on cable TV after only three seasons. The reason was that the network had canceled the show, much to the surprise of fans. The original series finale came as a disappointment to viewers. It left multiple loose ends, and fans ended up confused with unanswered questions. 

The creator left the show open-ended on purpose in hopes the series could come back. Luckily, not everyone was done with Veronica Mars. A couple of the original cast members helped produce a film through the use of a Kickstarter in 2014. In 2019, Hulu brought the show back for a fourth season. 

The reason why ‘Veronica Mars’ ended

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Originally, Veronica Mars was not going to continue after two seasons despite successful ratings. Different factors go into a show getting renewed. The fans began a campaign to keep the series on the air, which worked in their favor. However, The CW would end up canceling it after season three. 

Some TV shows get the ax for strange reasons. According to Screen Rant, Veronica Mars had an interesting premise but did not consist of one particular genre. It was a teen drama, but it was not light teen drama. The plot also did not have a definable grittiness like Prison Break

The mixture of mystery, high school, and a noir tone made the show difficult to categorize at the time. Nowadays, a many-sided TV show can thrive, like Westworld, for example. It would seem Veronica Mars simply was ahead of its time and would likely have gone on for much longer if it came out today. 

The show has a hard time staying gone, however. Since it came back in 2019, fans remain hopeful that they will get more content in the future.