From the start, Veronica Mars was unlike any other teen drama: Though its eponymous protagonist (played by Kristen Bell) had to deal with high-school politics and boy problems, it was no mere Dawson’s Creek redux. The series tackled issues such as class warfare and rape, with Veronica working to solve the mystery of her best friend’s murder and her own sexual assault, among other crimes. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the show’s criminally low ratings doomed it to only three seasons. But Veronica lived on thanks to the wonders of crowd-funding: Series creator Rob Thomas turned to Kickstarter in 2013 in the hopes of raising $2 million to produce a film version of the show; fans ultimately gave more than $5 million, and a Veronica Mars movie was released in 2014. The addition of a digital spin-off and a series of mystery novels suggest that future big-screen trips to Mars are a distinct possibility.