I heart Veronica Mars. If you haven't seen this show or heard of, you should make the effort. It's a crime series, based around a high school - but trust me, this ain't no Nancy Drew. [Always wanted somebody to produce a mystery show called Hardy Drew and the Nancy Boys about a lesbian and her gay friends who solve crime while having adventures - but I guess that's not going to happen, right?] Veronica Mars is sassy, smart and shot through with intelligent writing. Americans can make TV shows about teenagers and not have them turn into soapy nonsense. Not all the time, you understand, but even now and then somebody gets it right. If you liked Buffy the Vampire Slayer for its dialogue, its heart and its wit, you'll love Veronica Mars. If you were put off Buffy because it was about monsters, demons and slaying vampires, you'll love Veronica Mars. No supernatural stuff anywhere, promise.
In all honesty, I've yet to meet anyone under 40 who didn't enjoy Veronica Mars. Don't believe me? Click the headline on this post and you should be transported to the page on amazon.co.uk for the Region 1 DVD release. Want to give Veronica a try? If you live in the US, you're lucky - season two is showing on UPN at the moment. DVD wise, it's only available as Region 1 right now. In the UK the Living channel has been screening it, so if you've got satellite, cable or digital, you're golden. Otherwise, you can always sample some of Ms Mars by visiting this URL http://www.robthomasproductions.com/ and navigating your way to the Veronica Mars download page, then click Movies. That's free, people. Go on, give it a try!