If you love the cult classic Veronica Mars and want more like it then this article is for you.
We have attempted to create a good list of recommendations similar to Veronica Mars. This is of course no simple task because Veronica Mars was such an excellent and unique show. But we have done our best.
Veronica Mars is a teenage crime solver with a Private Investigator (PI) for a dad.
She helps out friends and schoolmates solving small and big problems, for a small fee of course, unless you qualify for friends and family discount.
While she works on these small episodic cases she also works on longer seasonal problems.
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TV-Shows like Veronica Mars
Dex Parios is a sharp-witted Marine veteran that takes care of her brother who has Down syndrome, even when she herself is struggling with PTSD and alcohol abuse. She works as a private investigator in Portland, Oregon, even though her license is kind of dodgy.
She tries her best to keep her brother out of her work, but other characters like her the bar ownerGrey McConnell, the detective Miles Hoffman, the tribe elder, and casino CEO Sue Lynn Blackbird are frequently involved in her cases. And not to forget the cook Tookie, whom together with Grey often ends up helping Dex with her brother while she is busy.
Why is Stumptown recommended?
Stumptown is like a version of Veronica Mars where she has grown up. Not just grown up, but gone to the army, been mentally damaged, and become an alcoholic. Take away the mental and alcohol issues and Dex might just be an older brunette version of Veronica.
If you watched Veronica Mars in your youth and want to watch a version of the show aimed at an older audience then Stumptown is definitely worth giving a try.
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Nancy Drew is a brilliant teenage detective known for solving mysteries in her hometown of Horseshoe Bay. When her mother died Nancy needed a change of pace and swore off any sort of crime-solving. But she is dragged back against her will when she finds herself as one of the main suspects in the murder of a big socialite.
Why is Nancy Drew recommended?
Nancy Drew is not as good as Veronica Mars, and it has some supernatural elements to it. It is kind of a supernatural version of Veronica Mars, just not as good.
It is kind of aimed at a similar audience, but also not. It also has those younger girl detective parts, but something feels different. In any case, Nancy Drew is worth checking out if you like Veronica Mars.
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After a case went bad for Alec Hardly in his former workplace he has transferred to Broadchurch as the new Detective Inspector. Broadchurch is a seemingly calm and friendly seaside town.
As soon as Alecstarts he is tossed into a case revolving around a dead 11-year-old boy. Broadchurch is a small town and a death like this has never happened before.
As DI Alec Hardly and his partner DS Ellie Miller starts investigating they discover that almost everyone in this quiet town has secrets they do not want to share.
Their investigation takes them from one suspect to another as they are unwinding all the secrets people are unwilling to share. And at the same time they have to deal with the media feeding frenzy.
Why is Broadchurch recommended?
The cases in Veronica Mars were often deeply personal to Veronica, and the same goes for the detectives in Broadchurch. It takes a close look at tragedy that will interest most people who followed Veronica's journey. The actors are middle age and British, so it is not as aimed at teens as Veronica Mars was.
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Buffy: the Vampire Slayer
"In every generation, there is a chosen one... she alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer".
Buffy, a sexy kick-ass high school girl, is her generation chosen one.
Destined to slay vampires, demons and other infernal creatures. And at the same time still trying, and failing, to be just a "normal girl".
Luckily for her, she is not alone in her quest to save the world. She has the help of her group of friends, the hilarious evil-fighting team called "The Scooby Gang".
Is Buffy: the Vampire Slayer good?
Buffy is a classic paranormal teen show. It's a little old, but if that does not put you off then its a must-watch-show.
Why is Buffy: the Vampire Slayer recommended?
Buffy is in a different genre, but there is still something that brings them together in my mind. It might be that both shows are classics and have a strong high school girl that takes on a huge task as their main character.
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Dead Like Me
Eighteen-year-old Georgia "George" Lass is a college drop-out and without work. After finally getting hired at a temp agency she gets royally screwed.
A space station toilet falling from the sky lands straight onto her head and kills her.
After a brief period as a ghost, she is returned to earth to work as a grim reaper. She works with a local team of grim reapers and has to help dead people to free their souls from their body right before they die.
They look just like everyone else, but as grim reapers, they appear physically different than they did when they were alive. This means they also have to keep a day job to pay the bills, and friends and family will not recognize them.
Is Dead Like Me good?
Why is Dead Like Me recommended?
Dead like me also have a complex female character as the lead. It is more on the sarcastic humor side and less on the investigation side.
But if you like Veronica Mars then it is worth checking out.
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Jaye Tyler is a twenty-something care-free loner living in Niagara Falls. Despite graduating college she has chosen to work as a retail clerk in a tourist gift shop in Niagara Falls called Wonderfalls.
Her life takes a startling turn after a lion figurine begins talking to her.
Despite fearing for her sanity, she decides to do exactly what the statues tell her to do and amazingly her actions begin changing people’s lives in unexpected ways.
Is Wonderfalls good?
Wonderfalls is an amazing show full of quirky humor. It might not be for everyone but it is a cult classic with weird and rememberable humor. Too bad it only got one season.
Why is Wonderfalls recommended?
There is something about the humor and Wonderfalls that links it with Veronica Mars. Both shows also have complex female lead characters with a sharp and witty though.
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Liv Moore, a promising medical student, takes a break from her workaholic life to attend a party. This one choice leads to her becoming a zombie and her life goes through some drastic changes.
Liv takes a job at the Coroner's Office to get access to all the brain she needs. In the process, she ends up solving crime by helping Clive Babineaux, a police officer. She tells him that she is a psychic, but the truth is that she gets some of the memories and habits of the people she eats.
Is iZombie good?
I like iZombie. The main character is witty and cool. Much better than your average CSI type of show.
Why is iZombie recommended?
iZombie is also full of witty comments and voice-overs. Both shows are the brainchild of the same creative people, Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright.
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The Good Place
The Good Place is one of the places where those that have been good during their lives go after they are dead.
Michael is the architect of this town. He is responsible for keeping everything going smoothly and that everyone receives the home of their dreams. He also introduces them to their soul mate.
Eleanor finds herself as a new member of the town, but she realizes that there has been a terrible mix-up. She was never especially good during her life, and her new house in The Good Place is not to her taste. There might have been a mixup.
Is The Good Place good?
The Good Place is a whimsical and funny show. And they have kept it going much longer than many other shows of this nature.
Why is The Good Place recommended?
Kristen Bell, what more can I say. The Good Place is also a very show with a good story and good humor, but yeah, Kristen Bell.
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Ned is a not so ordinary pie-maker. He possesses the strange ability to bring the dead to life merely by touching them.
Just like it was with King Midas`s Golden Touch, Ned`s touch also has a backside. He has to kill them by touching them again before one minute is up or else another innocent person will die.
Ned and Emerson, a local PI, use Ned`s touch to solve murder cases and cash in on the rewards. When one case happens to be the murder of Ned`s childhood crush he decides to break the rules and let her live.
Is Pushing Daisies good?
Pushing Daisies is an unusual, funny, quirky, and clever show.
Not only is the story and the humor out there, but the visuals are also unusual and strange.
This show is not for everybody, but everybody should check it out to see if it is for them.
It is absolutely brilliant. But sadly it ended too fast, like so many shows of this type.
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Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Lund is about to move to Sweden to join her fiance. Sarah is going to transfer over to the Sweedish police force.
On Sarah`s last day in the Danish Police 19-year-old Nanna Birk Larsen is found raped and brutally murdered. Sarah heads up the investigation together with her replacement Detective Inspector Jan Meyer.
Sarah has a very driven personality and she can't bring herself to leave the case and move to Sweden until its finished.
Troels Hartmann is campaigning to be mayor of Copenhagen but struggles when links are revealed between city hall and the murder. Suspects after suspects are investigated while political pressure is strong to get a swift solution to the case.
Is The Killing good?
The Killing has ha slower pace than most crime shows and in addition to the investigation, it has a heavy focus on the characters and their relationships. The investigation is also interesting and keeps you guessing. Its a really good show.
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Sherlock is a new contemporary take on the classic Arthur Conan Doyle stories. Many of the details and stories from the original books are kept, only modernized to fit in today's society and technology.
His most important tool, after his brilliant mind, is a modern smartphone.
Doctor Watson is a medical veteran of the Afghan war. Together they navigate a web of cryptic clues and myriad of lethal killers to get at the truth
Is Sherlock good?
This is the best adoption of the Sherlock Holmes books I have ever watched.
It`s truly exciting to watch Sherlock's fast and leaping but accurate deductions. This is a show everyone should try out.
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Patrick Jane is a former famous psychic. He outs himself as a fake after a serial killer called Red John kills his family.
Jane blames himself. Right before the murders of his family, Jane was mocking Red John on national TV.
Jane joins the California Bureau of Investigation, the CBI, as a consultant. His life goal is to hunt down and kill Read John. Working for the CBI makes this easier.
Jane's skills as a mentalist, ex psychic, and con man come in handy. He's an expert at picking up on small details, thinking on his feet, and tricking people to get what he wants. His unorthodox methods help CBI to close lots of cases.
Is The Mentalist good?
This is a really good show. They drag the Red John story out a little too long, but that`s OK since the main part of the show is the individual cases and the relationships between the characters.
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Shawn Spencer is posing as a psychic.
He does this with his fail prof memory and excellent attention details.
He and his best friend Gus is hired by the police after they manage to cons them into thinking that Shawn is a real psychic with powers that help to solve crimes.
Is Psych good?
Psych is a hilarious show full of witty commentary.
I haven't seen the last seasons, but I want to do it if I get time. This is a delightful show that will give you plenty of laughs.
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Caroline has downloaded her personality into cyber storage and rented out her body to a shady organization. This organization then again rents her body out to the highest bidder.
Caroline is now a doll. A doll with the code name Echo.
A new personality with the required skill set is uploaded to her empty body to complete whatever the mission requires.
These missions can involve everything from sexual fantasy to high-risk missions that require an assassin or a spy type of personality and skills.
Is Dollhouse good?
Dollhouse is an excellent show with plenty of action and drama.
I loved it.
And it all gets even better with the hot actor Eliza Dushku in the main role.
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Jessica Jones works as a hot-tempered private detective in Hell's Kitchen.
She uses her extraordinary abilities, super strength, to champion for those in need... especially if they're willing to cut her a check.
Is Jessica Jones good?
Marvel's Jessica Jones is a very good superhero TV show.
It has crossovers with other Netflix Marvel superhero TV shows like Luke Cage and Daredevil.
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Gregory House is an anti-social pain killer addict. He's also witty and arrogant, but most important of all, his an excellent medical doctor.
House specializes in diagnostic medicine, and he has his own unit at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital. House and his team do whatever it takes to solve puzzling cases that come there way. His skills are well known and other doctors around the states send him patients they have no idea of what ails them.
Is House M.D. good?
House is an absolutely fantastic show. This show is full of witty comments. Its not your typical hospital show. It's serious but at the same time hilarious.
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Sydney Bristow is an international spy recruited out of college and trained for espionage and self-defense.
She is on the surface a young, athletic, college graduate, but she is not your average grad student. Sydney was recruited her freshman year as a secret agent for SD-6, a top-secret branch of the CIA.
However, her life is soon to be even more complex and dangerous than that of the average spy.
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