The MCU has always been criticized for the lack of female superheroes (until they changed that in 2017). It cannot be denied that the production of ‘Jessica Jones’ is a remarkable adaption, which paved the way for new female characters to step in the universe. Adapted by screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg from co-creators Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos’ comic book series of the same name, the show features the titular Jessica Jones, essayed by Krysten Ritter, whose superhero career seems to be going at a dead end. She tries to rebuild her life by turning into a private investigator where she uses her abilities to solve horrific crimes in New York City.
The show is very well written but was unfortunately cancelled. Still, with a span of three seasons, ‘Jessica Jones’ is an amazing watch. It blends the aesthetics of the superhero genre with the dark tones of neo-noir. By doing so, the makers explore quite a lot of themes and issues such as sexuality, rape, assault and post-traumatic stress disorder, which makes for an engaging experience.
For this article, I have taken into account shows that blend a genre with neo-noir. They may not have similar storylines but are thematically and stylistically similar to this modern TV classic. So, here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘Jessica Jones’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘Jessica Jones’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Bloodline (2015-2017)
‘Bloodline’, a Netflix original, follows the Rayburn’s — a family which is forced to confront their past secrets and scars when one of the members, Danny Rayburn, known as the “black sheep” of the family due to his ill-repute, returns home for the parents’ anniversary. The show is built on the performances of Ben Mendelsohn and Kyle Chandler and the brooding cinematography by Jaime Reynoso. Although the series is primarily written as a thriller, it equally functions as a family drama. Though the show started on an extremely positive note in the first season, the quality of the succeeding seasons dipped due incoherency in the writing. Nonetheless, it is a good watch, particularly due to the performances and the cinematography.
9. Veronica Mars (2004–2007)