Veronica Mars seasons 1-3 will be available on Hulu beginning July 1. It was previously confirmed that the show’s original run would be airing on the streaming service sometime this summer, but now fans have a date. These episodes are hitting Hulu ahead of the highly-anticipated Veronica Mars revival, which is set to premiere July 26.
Veronica Mars centered on the titular teen heroine (Kristen Bell), a sort of mashup of Nancy Drew and Buffy Summers. Working for her father, a private eye, Veronica solved weekly crimes, while navigating the perilous waters of high school and unraveling the mystery of who killed her best friend. Set in the fictional town of Neptune, California, the neo-noir series featured all the central mystery of Twin Peaks combined with the socioeconomic divide of The Outsiders. Veronica Mars ran from 2004-2007, effectively ending with season 3 after its cancellation. Thanks to a massively successful Kickstarter campaign though, the series was given new life as a feature film in 2014. Aside from the movie and a couple of tie-in novels, it seemed that would be the end of the story. However, last year it was announced that the show would be revived for an eight-episode season on Hulu.
Appearing at the ATX Television Festival (via Deadline), creator Rob Thomas revealed that all three seasons of Veronica Mars would drop on Hulu July 1. He had some news about the revival as well, explaining that it would see Veronica at "a crossroads”. Thomas stated, “There are a lot of stories about men coming to a crossroads in their life. I was interested in putting Veronica at that crossroads — we explore what kind of life Veronica wants to live.” He also discussed the tonal differences between the revival and the original. According to Thomas, the first draft of the script was littered with F-bombs. That is, until Hulu explained that they had hopes it would be more in line with the show’s previous run, since all the episodes would be made available. In an effort to write around this, Thomas included a bet between Veronica and her father over who can go the longest without cursing.
While the revival will certainly be more “adult” than earlier seasons - Veronica is no longer a teenager as she was during the show’s previous run - there will be plenty of familiar faces joining Bell. Jason Dohring will return as Veronica’s longtime love interest, Logan Echolls, and Percy Daggs III is set to reprise his role as her best friend Wallace Fennel. Aside from other returning actors, such as Francis Capra and Ryan Hansen, some new players have been added to the cast as well. The show will feature stars such as J.K. Simmons and Mary McDonnell, and will reunite Bell with her The Good Place costar, Kirby Howell-Baptiste. Of course, Enrico Colatoni will return as Veronica’s father, Keith. Not too much is known about the plot, but the season 4 trailer points to an explosive Spring Break mystery.
The Veronica Mars revival will no doubt attract new viewers, as well as fans who’ve been anxiously awaiting every scrap of news about the project. While there are plenty of viewers who've grown up alongside the teen super-sleuth, the show’s older episodes will be an exciting discovery for those new to the series as well. With that in mind, it makes sense not only that Hulu will air the show’s original run, but also that the streaming service wanted to keep the new installments appropriate for a younger audience too. Get ready Marshmallows, because Veronica Mars will soon be back on the case.
Veronica Mars season 4 premieres July 26 on Hulu.