Few shows pull off quotables the way VM did. Yes, it was an intelligent, neo-noir series that included many intricate, dark storylines, but it was first and foremost a series about teenagers, with a teenage main character. Usually, this is not the best premise to have your show sounding like Aaron Sorkin. Remember Dawson’s Creek? Those kids spoke like walking thesauruses.

Veronica Mars was different. The characters sounded like the kids they were, but with caffeinated wit—Veronica had some of the snarkiest one-liners television has ever seen. None of the characters were dumbed down, and no one was given phony dialogue to make someone sound wise beyond their years. It was just good, engaging, quotable language.

Who can forget Wallace’s key line from the pilot: “That might play with the masses, but underneath that angry young woman shell, there's a slightly less angry young woman who's just dying to bake me something. You're a marshmallow, Veronica Mars. A Twinkie!” Legend.

Plus, lines like, "Just because you wiggle your finger doesn't mean Dick's gonna come,” got past the censors, and that’s awesome.  —TG