Veronica Mars, Season 3. (spoiler-free)

If anyone was ever the poster child for the noir tragedy, ever paid all the costs for doing the right thing, it was Veronica Mars.

TV mini-seasons.

Instead of having to spread clues and red herrings out over 22 episodes, TV shows can treat the broken-up season as two separate mini-seasons, complete with mysteries that get solved, red herrings that get deboned, and in Lost’s case, more of the usual non-answers to lingering questions.

Veronica Mars, Season 2.

Veronica Mars will have to give up on being considered perfect, and settle for being the best show on TV.

Veronica Mars, Season 1.

Characters and plot points that seem like walk-ons and macguffins turn out to be incredibly important, sometimes months after they’re introduced.

2004 Fall Premieres, Part 1.

Load the tapes and check the TiVo, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la; ‘Tis the season to watch new shows, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.