Jessica Jones Season 2 is coming soon! When? We don’t know… This is a major problem that will need to be solved by the creative talent involved as soon as possible. Until that time, I’ve compiled a list of shows for all of us to watch until Jessica Jones graces our television screens. Daredevil and all the other MCU entries get a healthy recommendations from this writer but these are the other “must watch” shows to scratch that JJ itch.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Arguably the definitive work of writer and director Joss Whedon – the man who directed the first two Avengers films – Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of television’s seminal works of art. It’s a program about high school being a literal living hell, a small woman growing up to stop vampires from eradicating the human race, and lots of metaphors for adolescence mixed with haunting horror imagery. The series also contains a surplus of lovable supporting characters, each with their own fleshed out arcs over the course of the seven season series, and what may be the best directed episode of television in history with “The Body.” This series also has a musical episode so good you’ll wonder why all shows don’t try to have one.
Angel the Series
Angel the Series is a spinoff of Buffy that takes place concurrently with that show’s stories. Think of it as the original Flash/Arrow but with Flash starting the universe and Arrow spinning off after. BTVS wasn’t always lighthearted (see: all of BTVS) but Angel struck a specifically noir inspired tone with the vampire with a soul settling in Los Angeles to start a private detective agency. Angel Investigations: they help the helpless! For the majority of its run it doesn’t hold a candle to BTVS until the ending which perfectly culminates the entire shows thesis in what I consider to be the finest series finale to ever cross my eye balls. There’s also an episode where Angel turns into a puppet if you need more convincing.
The fluffiest show on the list, iZombie is your weekly dose of quirky faux psychic detective tropes but with a specifically feminist core and diverse cast of characters that make zombie morgue investigations far more compelling than I could ever describe. It made our list of best TV shows of 2015 so you owe it to yourself to find out why.
Next to Firefly this is probably the most heartbreaking TV cancellation. What makes it even more heartbreaking is the lack of knowledge the general public has for this show. Terriers is about two private eyes who are scrappy, lovable, and find themselves in a Chinatown inspired whirlwind of deceit and crosshairs as they attempt to pay for their next meal (they can barely afford lunch in some episodes). Brought to you by the creative geniuses of The Shield and the writer of Ocean’s Eleven, Terriers deserves your attention even if Jessica Jones season 2 dropped tomorrow.
This list is unranked but I want you all to know this is the number one choice for shows to watch while you wait for the second season of Jessica Jones. Through the lens of a mystery noir, both shows tackle themes of overcoming trauma, powerful women, strong and diverse supporting characters, all in a world of a city with a seedy underbelly. Veronica Mars only lasted 3 seasons, each with arcs that built off one another, but a two hour movie caps off the series with what is essentially a condensed but satisfying fourth season. I watched the series for the first time last year and it was the best decision I could have made.