Oh. My. God.
Veronica Mars is the best thing on TV and here's why...
It's a high-school whodunnit about socio-economic class warfare - what's not to like? Where other shows deal with issues, Veronica Mars exposes the structure that creates social discord and personal dysfunction. In Neptune, CA, the rich get richer and the guilty go free. When justice does happen, it's messy, it's brutal and it breaks your heart.
The only other American show that dares to discuss capitalism on a structural level is The Sopranos. Being an HBO show, The Sopranos is kinda allowed to do this - because it's High-Quality and Adult Themed. VM, meanwhile, is on the UPN for God's sake - it's pulpy and teenaged. I can't help feeling that this lack of permission is what makes it the more daring and, ultimately, the better show.