Veronica Mars. She's intelligent, witty, somewhat rude. Extremely loyal to those she loves. Insecure, but tough. Believe it or not: This show nailed it. They made a realistic female character who was not just a sidekick, but the main character. Veronica is not perfect, but that is why we love her. I love her as much for her sometimes unjust anger outbursts and her trust issues as for her charm and intelligence.
It's refreshing to see a show with a female star that is NOT mostly about boys. Veronica stands her own ground. She dates, she's not afraid to show it - this show deals with teenage romance in a great and realistic way. No moralistic "do not have sex" and no over-the top "sex sells" scenes. It's great to see Veronica kick ass, and the interactions (along with the plot) are the best things about this show. The interactions between Veronica and Wallace, not to mention Veronica and her father - one of the best parent/child relations ever written for tv. And, the one relationship to trumph them all: Logan and Veronica.
Fans focus so much on that relationship, and it's very important to me that it is in no way the main plot of the series - like so many other shows with female leads. But it does become an important part. There is no way to explain that relationship. It redefined what relationships should be like. Since I found Logan, no real men can compare. At the same time, his character is also very realistic - and he's got just the look that sometimes makes you think of a grown man and sometimes a sweet little child. The relationship is truly as epic as Logan explained it in season 2.
Veronica Mars is the one show that has it all - a wonderful story, well-written and realistic characters, great actors. You won't realize what television should be like unless you dive into this show. Do it. You will NOT regret. It sometimes asks political questions, but not in an intrusive or moralistic way. It is funny, at the same time it deals with serious matters - such as murder, rape, mental illness, child abuse and betrayal - amongst other things. No character is black or white. The twists will leave you breathless.