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Debbie Chang ranked Veronica Mars 3rd.  She says…

Veronica Mars is smarter than me. It’s true. She is. And that is why I must place Veronica Mars near the top of my list of best shows of 2007.

The year 2007 brought us the second of the third-season mini-mystery arcs on Veronica Mars, this one involving the murder of Dean Cyrus O’Dell (guest star Ed Begley, Jr.). Though not as meticulous or satisfying as the amazing 22-episode-long mystery of who killed Lilly Kane (Amanda Seyfried) in the first season, Dean O’Dell was still a sympathetic enough character to make the mystery of his death compelling.

And while Veronica Mars took a turn towards the bubble gum in its final season, shedding much of the dark, ethically ambiguous noir landscape of seasons past, it still had the quintessential snarkiness and one-liners that I so love.

The series ended with a bang with the last three standalone episodes. Veronica passes her exam to be an official private investigator—although she doesn’t quite beat her dad Keith’s (Enrico Colantoni) score—and finds herself at odds with her current boyfriend Stosh “Piz” Piznarski (Chris Lowell) because of her inability to commit to him completely. She distracts him from their relationship drama with a cheerleader-themed session of hanky-panky, which unfortunately gets leaked onto the Internet. Now things are personal, and Veronica Mars is always at her best when things are personal. Reminiscent of “A Trip to the Dentist” in the first season, in which she discovers who raped her at Shelly Pomroy’s party before the start of the series, Veronica investigates the Hearst College campus with a vengeance, eventually finding and sticking it to the culprits.

Although it was a disappointment to all when Veronica Mars wasn’t renewed for a fourth season, it went out on a perfect, dark note in the series finale, “The Bitch is Back.” The finale brought the show back to its noir roots, with the two Mars protagonists perpetrating shady acts and once again becoming Neptune, California’s least favorite duo.

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