During the course of its three seasons, Veronica Mars captured the attention of fans and
academics alike. The 12 scholarly essays in this collection examine the show’s most compelling
elements. Topics covered include vintage television, the search for the mother, fatherhood, the
show’s connection to classical Greek paradigms, the anti-hero’s journey, rape narrative and
meaning, and television fandom. Collectively, these essays reveal how a teen television show--
equal parts noir, romance, social realism and father-daughter drama--became a worthy subject
for scholarly study.