Jessica Jones (TV series)

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Jessica Jones
Jessica Jones (TV series) logo.jpg
Genre
Created byMelissa Rosenberg
Based on
Starring
ComposerSean Callery
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes39 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
ProducerTim Iacofano
Production locationNew York City
Cinematography
  • Manuel Billeter
  • Petr Hlinomaz (3x05 only)
Editors
  • Jonathan Chibnall[2]
  • Michael N. Knue[3]
  • Tirsa Hackshaw
  • Jennifer Barbot
  • Chris A. Peterson
  • Shoshanah Tanzer
  • Trey Ordoñez
Running time44–56 minutes
Production companies
DistributorNetflix Streaming Services
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format
Original releaseNovember 20, 2015 (2015-11-20) –
June 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)
Chronology
Preceded byMarvel's Daredevil
Followed byMarvel's Luke Cage
Related showsMarvel Cinematic Universe television series
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Marvel's Jessica Jones is an American television series created by Melissa Rosenberg for the streaming service Netflix, based on the Marvel Comics character Jessica Jones. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), acknowledging the continuity of the franchise's films, and was the second Marvel Netflix series leading to the crossover miniseries The Defenders. The series was produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios and Tall Girls Productions, with Rosenberg serving as showrunner. Scott Reynolds was co-showrunner for the third season.

Krysten Ritter stars as Jessica Jones, a former superhero who opens her own detective agency. Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville, and Carrie-Anne Moss also star, with Mike Colter, Erin Moriarty, David Tennant, and Wil Traval joining them for the first season, J.R. Ramirez, Terry Chen, Janet McTeer, and Leah Gibson joining the cast for second season, and Benjamin Walker, Sarita Choudhury, Tiffany Mack, and Jeremy Bobb joining for the third season. A version of the series was developed by Rosenberg for ABC in 2010, but the network passed on it. She was reworking it for Netflix by late 2013 as A.K.A. Jessica Jones, with the title later being simplified. Ritter was cast as Jones in December 2014, and the series took specific influence from the character's creators, Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos. Filming took place in New York City, in areas that still look like old Hell's Kitchen.

The first season was released in its entirety on Netflix on November 20, 2015, followed by the second on March 8, 2018, and the third on June 14, 2019. They were met with positive reviews, and received numerous accolades including a Peabody Award, Hugo Award, and Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award. Netflix canceled Jessica Jones on February 18, 2019. All of the Marvel Netflix series were removed from Netflix on March 1, 2022, after Disney regained the license for them. They began streaming on Disney+ from March 16.

Plot

Jessica Jones is a superpowered woman who had a brief superhero career until an incident in which the villainous Kilgrave caused her to kill someone. After that incident, she became a private investigator. When Kilgrave resurfaces, Jessica must rise up to stop him.

In the second season, Jessica Jones discovers that her mother is still alive due to the experiments done by Karl Malus.

In the third season, Jessica Jones faces off against Gregory Sallinger, an enemy who is determined to prove that she is a fraud, as well as her adoptive sister turned murderous vigilante Trish Walker.

Cast and characters

Cast of Jessica Jones at the 2015 New York Comic Con. (L to R: Ritter, Colter, Taylor, Moss, Traval, Darville, Moriarty)
  • Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones:
    A former superhero with superhuman strength and limited flight suffering from PTSD who runs her own detective agency,[4][5] Alias Investigations.[6] Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg had Ritter on the top of her list for playing Jones, even when Rosenberg was developing the series for ABC.[7] Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb noted that the character "has real problems with a number of things that she abuses! And we're not shying away from that."[8] Ritter described the character as "very rough around the edges, and dry and sarcastic and a total asshole sometimes. But I think at her core she's a good person."[7] She put on 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of muscle for the role.[9] Elizabeth Cappuccino portrayed a young Jessica.[10]
  • Mike Colter as Luke Cage (season 1; guest season 3):
    A man with superhuman strength and unbreakable skin, whom Jones encounters in the course of an investigation.[11][12] Colter put on 30 pounds (14 kg) of muscle for the role,[13] and described the character as "a darker, grittier, more tangible character than Iron Man or Thor. He likes to keep things close to his chest, operate on the hush-hush."[12] Colter was pleased and surprised that the audience "got" the character, as Luke "was a man of few words and a lot of subtext," which was refreshing: "we were going for this character in a way that said little but spoke volumes ... I felt people got the subtleties."[14]
  • Rachael Taylor as Patricia "Trish" Walker:
    A former model and child star known as "Patsy", Jones' adoptive sister and best friend who now works as a radio host.[15] Jones' best friend was going to be Carol Danvers when Rosenberg was developing the series at ABC,[16][17] and was changed to Walker due to the changing nature of the MCU and the fact that Danvers would be featured in her own film. Rosenberg ultimately found this to be "much more appropriate ... it was better that [Jessica's] best friend was not someone with powers. It actually ends up being a really great mirror for her."[17] Loeb said, "what's most important is the relationship between [Walker] and Jessica, and how these two women who are [sisters] could be that different, and yet believe in the same kinds of things."[18] At the end of the second season, having become resentful of Jessica's abilities and subsequently killing her mother, Trish acquires powers of enhanced reflexes and agility and becomes a vigilante in the third season, ultimately serving as the season's main antagonist. Catherine Blades portrayed a young Trish.
  • Erin Moriarty as Hope Shlottman (season 1):
    A student-athlete attending New York University who is a client of Alias Investigations.[6][19][20] Moriarty called her character a "polar opposite" to Jessica Jones, describing Hope as "an all-American girl, [innocent and] really earnest." Over the course of the series, the two form a bond, and Jessica becomes protective of Hope due to a shared experience they have with Kilgrave.[21]
  • Eka Darville as Malcolm Ducasse:
    Jones' neighbor who struggles with drug addiction, resulting in his personal journey intertwining with hers.[6][19] Darville stated Malcolm was a new character for the series, though inspired by "seed characters" from the comics. He also felt playing the character with the drug addiction "was pretty intense and dark" and that Malcolm's relationship with Jessica "is like a flip-flop between victim and savior ... much more [sibling-like] than anything else."[19]
  • Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth:
    An attorney and potentially powerful ally to Jones, who hires Jones for cases.[22][23] The character's gender was changed from male to female for the series, and the character was made a lesbian.[24] Moss signed on to the series after reading the first two scripts, having been pitched the character by Loeb and Rosenberg. Moss described the character as fierce, strong, and powerful, and "she likes that power." She worked "a few days every episode", which allowed her to grow the character throughout the series, while not knowing what the character would become as she played each moment, which she noted was how real-life is.[25]
  • David Tennant as Kilgrave (season 1; guest seasons 2-3):
    A man from Jones' past who can control minds.[26] He was born Kevin Thompson and was experimented on as a young child, gaining his powers. Loeb called him "a terrible man who doesn't see himself as terrible" and compared him to Vincent D'Onofrio's Wilson Fisk in Daredevil, saying, "there are going to be times [watching Daredevil] when you're uncomfortable because you're not quite rooting for Matt, you're kind of rooting for Wilson, and it's the same kind of thing you're going to find in Jessica. There's going to be moments where some of the things that she does is pretty questionable. And some of the things that, when you learn about Kilgrave's character and the way that David Tennant plays that character, it's really extraordinary."[8][27] James Freedson-Jackson portrayed a young Kilgrave.
  • Wil Traval as Will Simpson (season 1; guest season 2):
    An NYPD sergeant who is very serious about his job.[6][27] Traval felt that Simpson sees everything in "black and white" and that "justice can be served easily," an opposite to Jessica, who "deals in a world of gray" that causes the two to have friction between them.[19] Traval described the character as "reinvented" and "reshaped" for the series from the one in the comics, as the comic character was "a little bit too hard to handle. [H]e was just a psychotic crazy guy."[19][28][20]
  • J. R. Ramirez as Oscar Arocho (season 2): A painter and the new superintendent in Jones' building.[29] He is a single father to a young boy named Vido, and he and Jones engage in a relationship.
  • Terry Chen as Pryce Cheng (season 2): A rival private investigator to Jones.[30]
  • Janet McTeer as Alisa Jones (season 2):
    Jessica's mother, who survived the car accident that killed Jessica's father and brother.[31] She and Jessica were both treated at a private clinic specializing in gene editing, which granted both superhuman abilities. She was declared dead and treated in secret. The extent of her injuries and years of treatment affected her mental stability. The character was first portrayed by Miriam Shor in flashbacks during the first season,[32] before McTeer took over the role as a series regular for the second season.[31]
  • Leah Gibson as Inez Green (season 2): A "street-wise" nurse who gets involved with Jeri.[33]
  • Benjamin Walker as Erik Gelden(season 3):
    A man with an enhanced empathic ability to sense the severity of evil in others. He has used his ability to blackmail various people, including Gregory Sallinger. A love interest for Jessica who is also trying to help his sister, Brianna.[34]
  • Sarita Choudhury as Kith Lyonne (season 3): A concert cellist and Jeri's former flame.[34]
  • Tiffany Mack as Zaya Okonjo (season 3): A junior associate at Hogarth & Associates who Jeri comes to rely on. She is dating Malcolm.[34]
  • Jeremy Bobb as Gregory Sallinger (season 3):
    A ruthless, hyperintelligent serial killer who has targeted Jessica Jones to expose her as a "fraud" because he believes "supers" have cheated life with their abilities rather than earned things through hard work.[34]

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
113November 20, 2015 (2015-11-20)
213March 8, 2018 (2018-03-08)
313June 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)

Season 1 (2015)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [35]
11"AKA Ladies Night"S. J. ClarksonMelissa RosenbergNovember 20, 2015 (2015-11-20)
22"AKA Crush Syndrome"S. J. ClarksonMicah SchraftNovember 20, 2015 (2015-11-20)
33"AKA It's Called Whiskey"David PetrarcaStory by : Liz Friedman
Teleplay by : Liz Friedman & Scott Reynolds
November 20, 2015 (2015-11-20)
44"AKA 99 Friends"David PetrarcaHilly Hicks, Jr.November 20, 2015 (2015-11-20)
55"AKA The Sandwich Saved Me"Stephen SurjikDana BarattaNovember 20, 2015 (2015-11-20)
66"AKA You're a Winner!"Stephen SurjikEdward RicourtNovember 20, 2015 (2015-11-20)
77"AKA Top Shelf Perverts"Simon Cellan JonesJenna Reback & Micah SchraftNovember 20, 2015 (2015-11-20)
88"AKA WWJD?"Simon Cellan JonesScott ReynoldsNovember 20, 2015 (2015-11-20)
99"AKA Sin Bin"John DahlJamie King & Dana BarattaNovember 20, 2015 (2015-11-20)
1010"AKA 1,000 Cuts"Rosemary RodriguezDana Baratta & Micah SchraftNovember 20, 2015 (2015-11-20)
1111"AKA I've Got the Blues"Uta BriesewitzScott Reynolds & Liz FriedmanNovember 20, 2015 (2015-11-20)
1212"AKA Take a Bloody Number"Billy GierhartHilly Hicks, Jr.November 20, 2015 (2015-11-20)
1313"AKA Smile"Michael RymerStory by : Jamie King & Scott Reynolds
Teleplay by : Scott Reynolds & Melissa Rosenberg
November 20, 2015 (2015-11-20)

Season 2 (2018)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [35]
141"AKA Start at the Beginning"Anna FoersterMelissa RosenbergMarch 8, 2018 (2018-03-08)
152"AKA Freak Accident"Minkie SpiroAïda Mashaka CroalMarch 8, 2018 (2018-03-08)
163"AKA Sole Survivor"Mairzee AlmasLisa RandolphMarch 8, 2018 (2018-03-08)
174"AKA God Help the Hobo"Deborah ChowJack KennyMarch 8, 2018 (2018-03-08)
185"AKA The Octopus"Millicent SheltonJamie KingMarch 8, 2018 (2018-03-08)
196"AKA Facetime"Jet WilkinsonRaelle TuckerMarch 8, 2018 (2018-03-08)
207"AKA I Want Your Cray Cray"Jennifer GetzingerHilly Hicks Jr.March 8, 2018 (2018-03-08)
218"AKA Ain't We Got Fun"Zetna FuentesGabe FonsecaMarch 8, 2018 (2018-03-08)
229"AKA Shark in the Bathtub, Monster in the Bed"Rosemary RodriguezJenny KleinMarch 8, 2018 (2018-03-08)
2310"AKA Pork Chop"Neasa HardimanAïda Mashaka CroalMarch 8, 2018 (2018-03-08)
2411"AKA Three Lives and Counting"Jennifer LynchJack Kenny & Lisa RandolphMarch 8, 2018 (2018-03-08)
2512"AKA Pray for My Patsy"Liz FriedlanderRaelle Tucker & Hilly Hicks Jr.March 8, 2018 (2018-03-08)
2613"AKA Playland"Uta BriesewitzStory by : Jesse Harris
Teleplay by : Melissa Rosenberg
March 8, 2018 (2018-03-08)

Season 3 (2019)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [35]
271"A.K.A The Perfect Burger"Michael LehmannMelissa RosenbergJune 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)
282"A.K.A You're Welcome"Krysten RitterHilly Hicks, Jr.June 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)
293"A.K.A I Have No Spleen"Anton CropperLisa RandolphJune 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)
304"A.K.A Customer Service is Standing By"Liesl TommyJamie KingJune 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)
315"A.K.A I Wish"Mairzee AlmasJ. HolthamJune 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)
326"A.K.A Sorry Face"Tim IacofanoJesse HarrisJune 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)
337"A.K.A The Double Half-Wappinger"Larry TengNancy WonJune 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)
348"A.K.A Camera Friendly"Stephen SurjikScott ReynoldsJune 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)
359"A.K.A I Did Something Today"Jennifer GetzingerLisa RandolphJune 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)
3610"A.K.A Hero Pants"Sanford BookstaverHilly Hicks, Jr. & Jamie KingJune 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)
3711"A.K.A Hellcat"Jennifer GetzingerJane EspensonJune 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)
3812"A.K.A A Lotta Worms"Sarah BoydScott ReynoldsJune 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)
3913"A.K.A Everything"Neasa HardimanStory by : Melissa Rosenberg & Nancy Won
Teleplay by : Melissa Rosenberg & Lisa Randolph
June 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)

Production

Development

In December 2010, Melissa Rosenberg was developing AKA Jessica Jones for ABC under her new production banner Tall Girls Productions, along with ABC Studios and Marvel Television. The series, which would be based on the comic book series Alias and centered on the character Jessica Jones, was intended to air in 2011 of the 2011–12 television season, with Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb, Joe Quesada, Alan Fine, and Howard Klein serving as executive producers, and Alias writer Brian Michael Bendis acting as a consultant.[36] At the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International, Loeb said the series was "about a failed superhero who is rebuilding her life as a private detective in New York City", and would include the characters Carol Danvers and Luke Cage.[16] In November, Rosenberg said the show was now "hoping to get on the schedule for" 2012 of the 2012–13 television season, and added, "I love this character. That is an incredibly damaged, dark, complex female character that kicks ass ... [she is] a former superhero with PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder." She also stated that, while Cage was a part of the series, the couple's daughter Danielle would appear "way down the road".[37] Rosenberg said later in the month that the series would acknowledge the existence of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with references to Tony Stark and Stark Industries in the pilot script, but admitted that "as we go along things will alter in terms of what is made available to us, but we're definitely in that universe. We are in no way denying that that universe exists. And as much as I can I'm going to pull everything in from there that I can use". She also confirmed that Danvers would be a principal character in the series.[38]

In May 2012, ABC president Paul Lee said the network had passed on the series.[39] Loeb revealed that ABC had requested the series switch its focus to Danvers as the main character, who has "a great life" living on Fifth Avenue, with Jones become a side character to Danvers' story.[40] Later that year, Rosenberg was shopping the show around to other networks,[41] saying "I don't know if it's an ABC show. It might be a cable show, really. The [Alias] graphic novel is the first one that Marvel did that was meant to serve an adult audience. I toned it down a little bit for network, but it's very, very easy to translate that into cable. Very easy."[42] In October 2013, Deadline reported that Marvel was preparing four drama series and a miniseries, totaling 60 episodes, to present to video on demand services and cable providers, with Netflix, Amazon, and WGN America expressing interest.[43] A few weeks later, Marvel and Disney announced that Marvel Television and ABC Studios would provide Netflix with live action series centered around Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage, leading up to a miniseries based on the Defenders.[44] Rosenberg was brought on to write and produce the new incarnation of the series, to be reconfigured from her original project,[45][46] which she called a "page one do-over" from her original vision.[18] Liz Friedman also serves as an executive producer on the series during the first season.[47] In December 2014, the official title was revealed to be Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones.[48] However, in June 2015, Marvel revealed that the title for the series would be shortened to Marvel's Jessica Jones.[49] On why the title was shortened, Loeb said, "It literally just became one of those things that happens. We had talked about whether that was the best title for it, and that's how it happened." Rosenberg added that the "AKA" would still be seen in the name of each episode.[18]

In January 2016, Netflix ordered a second season of 13 episodes.[50] Raelle Tucker joined the series as an executive producer and writer for the second season, replacing Friedman, who departed the series to work on the pilot for the ABC series Conviction.[51] A third season was ordered on April 12, 2018, a month after the second season was released.[52] That August, Rosenberg signed a deal to move from Netflix to Warner Bros. Television to develop new projects for the latter, after she had been looking to "do something different". Rosenberg remained showrunner of the series through completion of the third season,[53] with Scott Reynolds joining her as co-showrunner.[54]

Writing

[We are] very aware this is the first female superhero Marvel's ever introduced as a lead. But there was never the intention of, "this is an issue series, we're dealing with issues." While issues of sexual assault and women in power are all issues that I certainly feel very passionately about taking on, the show's all about exploring the inner workings of Jessica Jones and her ensemble.

—Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg on approaching "issues"[55]

Rosenberg talked about the freedom that the series had, saying that it would go "even further in all our storytelling" than what Brian Michael Bendis did in the Alias comic: "That's the beauty of working with Netflix. It's 13 [episodes]. There's no pilot and then getting feedback, reaction and ratings. You're in this bubble. So, what's the story you want to tell? Where do you want to go with [the characters]?"[56] Expanding on this, Rosenberg said that "we start off with [Bendis'] incredible source material and Jessica Jones isn't as well known in the universe obviously as Daredevil and everyone else, so it really allows for a lot of freedom in there. So there are restrictions in terms of the Marvel [Cinematic U]niverse of certain rules of mythology, but within that it's free pass."[7] Rosenberg noted that the final series is very different from the version she developed for ABC because of the different mythology of the MCU.[55]

Rosenberg invited Bendis to the series' writers room early on in the writing process, so the writers could ask Bendis any questions about the character. He walked away from the meeting saying, "they were asking the right questions, and that's a good sign." Bendis also noted that Rosenberg was approaching the character and issues of rape and abuse differently to him, on which he said "I made the right choice for me as a writer then and they're making the right choice for them as writers now. I thought about how much is different and how much has changed, and if it's not brought up in Jessica, when will it be brought up? So I was like, 'Yeah, you should.' I thought that Melissa and the writers were the people to do that and that medium was better-suited to tell that kind of story."[57]

Casting

In August 2014, Sarandos said the series was beginning to look "at casting Jessica."[58] By November, Krysten Ritter, Alexandra Daddario, Teresa Palmer, Jessica De Gouw, and Marin Ireland were being tested for the role of Jessica Jones,[4] with Ritter having been auditioning since October.[7] Additionally, Lance Gross, Mike Colter, and Cleo Anthony were in contention for the role of Luke Cage, which was envisioned as a recurring role in the series before headlining Luke Cage.[4] The next month, Ritter was cast as Jessica Jones. Ritter and Palmer had been the final candidates for the role, with both auditioning opposite Colter to test chemistry.[5] Colter was confirmed as Luke Cage later in December.[11] In January 2015, David Tennant was cast as Kilgrave,[26] and Rachael Taylor was cast as Patricia "Trish" Walker.[15] The latter character was added to the series as a replacement for Danvers, as she was set to feature in her own film.[17] A month later, Carrie-Ann Moss joined the cast,[22] with her role revealed that October to be a female version of male comic book character Jeryn Hogarth.[24] Also in February, Eka Darville, Erin Moriarty, and Wil Traval were cast as Malcolm Ducasse,[6] Hope Shlottman,[6][20] and Will Simpson, respectively.[6][20]

Ritter,[59] Taylor,[60] Darville,[61] and Moss return for the second season.[62] They are joined by J.R. Ramirez as Oscar Arocho,[29] Terry Chen as Pryce Cheng,[30] Leah Gibson as Inez Green,[33][63] and Janet McTeer as Alisa Jones.[31] Traval and Tennant also appear in the second season as guest stars.[64][65] Ritter, Taylor, Moss, and Darville also return for the third season.[52]

Design

Costumes

Stephanie Maslansky returned as the costume designer for Jessica Jones from Daredevil,[66] and was assisted on the first episode by Jenn Rogien, who crafted Jessica Jones' costume of leather jacket, faded jeans, and boots.[67] Maslansky's fashion choices for each character were influenced by their comic incarnations, and she said, "You really have to study your history of the original characters and see how they dress, how they were originally drawn, how they evolved through the years in these comics. And what you might discover is that, as illustrated, they kind of do wear the same thing all the time." Maslansky also stated that "everyone has a very specific look, and you can vary within that look, but it's not over the top. It has to feel realistic and feel very grounded in this authentic reality we've created in Hell's Kitchen."[68] On Jones' costume, Maslansky said she "considers her clothing to be an armor and a shield and something that helps her maintain a distance from other people and privacy. It keeps her from having to deal with the rest of humanity in a certain sort of way." At least 10 versions of Jones' jacket were made, which started as an Acne Studios leather motorcycle jacket that had any "bells and whistles and any additional superfluous design details" removed, while 20 pairs of jeans were used. Each piece was aged and distressed.[67]

Title sequence
External video
video icon The opening title sequence of Jessica Jones, showcasing David Mack's artwork and composer Sean Callery's main theme for the series.

The series' title sequence, created by Imaginary Forces,[69] incorporates the jazz-style theme from composer Sean Callery mixed with artwork by David Mack, the cover artist for the original Alias comic,[70] "taking [the viewer] around seedier, noir-esque corners of Hell's Kitchen, as if through Jessica's eyes."[71]

Arisu Kashiwagi, lead designer at Imaginary Forces for the title sequence, was "inspired by all the changing activity and vignettes within those rows of windows [for New York-style buildings] — the patterns of light, color, narratives, and graphic silhouettes. It is pretty amazing how much you can see and the number of windows out there with wide open shades ... I could understand our innate fascination with the rear window and that discomforting pleasure when catching a small sliver of a private act."[69] She also looked to Edward Hopper's "Night Windows" and Gerhard Richter's paintings for reference. In order to differentiate the sequence from other painting-inspired ones, Kashiwagi chose to take "a more modern, abstract look while also embracing the spirit of David Mack's watercolor paintings from" Alias. On the design concept, she added, "We based the concept off of Jessica's PTSD and alcoholism, her blurry, unreliable point of view, and translated that visually using paint strokes that smear and obfuscate the scenes ... the scenes would appear only in small sections of the frame, either blocked by a foreground element or contained inside of a silhouetted framing device."[69] Michelle Dougherty, creative director on the project, looked to the opening sequence of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window to help create the "voyeuristic approach" as well as "using the city as a character" to highlight "the dark places [and] the grit" where Jones investigates.[69]

Filming

Filming for the series takes place in New York City,[72] including areas of Brooklyn and Long Island City that still look like the old Hell's Kitchen,[73] Douglaston, Queens,[74] as well as sound stage work.[73] Manuel Billeter serves as director of photography for the series.[75]

Visual effects

Visual effects for the series were completed by the New York studio Shade VFX, who also worked on Daredevil, with Bryan Goodwin serving as visual effects supervisor.[76]

Music

At the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International, Sean Callery revealed he was composing the music for the series.[77] Callery did not begin composing the series' main theme until after reading two or three scripts, and did not see the opening graphics until after the second episode, at which point he had "a framework for a theme that [he] hoped would work". At this time, Callery said he started "fooling around" with ideas for the theme, and eventually settled on one that he felt had a "sneaky and fun-ness" quality, adding, Jessica Jones "has dry humor, a real edge to her. But there was something to this character that had a little whisker of playfulness in there, like a cat or something." After creating the theme, Callery began working on the rhythmic quality of it, eventually fully orchestrating his idea into what became the resulting opening theme. Regarding the electric guitar's entrance, Callery pointed out that it got "bigger there because as I looked at the graphics, the lights got a little more strobe-y. So that's when I decided the electric guitar might be a kind of neat add there so that the whole piece will arc a little more."[78] A soundtrack album for the first season was released digitally on June 3, 2016.[79][80] Jamie Forsyth also contributed to the music of the first season.[80] A soundtrack album for the second season was released digitally on March 16, 2018.[81]

Marvel Cinematic Universe tie-ins

Jessica Jones is the second of the ordered Netflix series, after Daredevil, and was followed by Luke Cage and Marvel's Iron Fist, which led to the miniseries, The Defenders.[82][83][84] In November 2013, Disney CEO Bob Iger stated that, if the characters prove popular on Netflix, "It's quite possible that they could become feature films,"[85] which Sarandos echoed in July 2015.[86] In August 2014, Vincent D'Onofrio, who played Wilson Fisk in Daredevil, stated that after the "series stuff with Netflix", Marvel has "a bigger plan to branch out".[87] In March 2015, Loeb spoke on the ability for the series to crossover with the MCU films and the ABC television series, saying, "It all exists in the same universe. As it is now, in the same way that our films started out as self-contained and then by the time we got to The Avengers, it became more practical for Captain America to do a little crossover into Thor 2 and for Bruce Banner to appear at the end of Iron Man 3. We have to earn that. The audience needs to understand who all of these characters are and what the world is before you then start co-mingling in terms of where it's going."[88]

On specific crossovers with Daredevil, which had completed its first season by the time Jessica Jones began casting, Loeb said "they're in the same area. In some cases they are in the same neighborhood. One of the things that is important to us is, when you enter the police station, it's the same police station. When you go to the hospital, you start to see the same people. [But] we don't want people suddenly going, 'Wait, is that Matt Murdock that's walking down the street?' Because that's going to feel odd, and in a weird way feel false."[8] On existing in the MCU, specifically in the same world as the other Netflix series, Rosenberg said, "Jessica Jones is a very, very different show than Daredevil. We exist in a cinematic universe, [and] the mythology of the universe is connected, but they look very different, tonally they're very different ... That was my one concern coming in: Am I going to have to fit into Daredevil or what's come before? And the answer is no."[56]

Marketing

Disney Consumer Products created a small line of products to cater to a more adult audience, given the show's edgier tone. Paul Gitter, senior VP of Marvel Licensing for Disney Consumer Products explained that the focus would be more on teens and adults than very young people, with products at outlets like Hot Topic. Additionally, a Marvel Knights merchandise program was created to support the series, which creates new opportunities for individual product lines and collector focused products. Licensing partners wanted to pair up with Marvel, despite this not being a film project, given its previous successes.[89]

Release

Streaming

Jessica Jones was released on the streaming service Netflix, in all territories where it is available,[47][48] in Ultra HD 4K and high dynamic range (HDR).[90] The first season was enhanced to be available in HDR after its initial release by post-production vendor Deluxe.[91] The episodes for each season were released simultaneously, as opposed to a serialized format, to encourage binge-watching, a format which has been successful for other Netflix original series.[72][73] Despite being branded as a "Netflix Original", Jessica Jones was licensed to Netflix from Disney.[92]

Jessica Jones was removed from Netflix on March 1, 2022, along with the other Marvel Netflix series, due to Netflix's license for the series ending and Disney regaining the rights.[93] Disney opted not to have Netflix pay a large licensing fee to retain the distribution rights for the series,[94] and instead announced that all the series would be made available on Disney+ on March 16 in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, and in Disney+'s other markets by the end of 2022.[95][96] In the United States, revised parental controls were introduced to the service to allow the more mature content of the series to be added, similarly to the controls that already exist for other regions that have the Star content hub.[97]

Home media

Season DVD release dates Blu-ray release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 Region A Region B
1 August 22, 2017[98] December 5, 2016[99] December 7, 2017[100] August 22, 2017[98] December 5, 2016[99]
2 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
3 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

Reception

Audience viewership

Prior to the series' cancellation, Netflix did not reveal subscriber viewership numbers for any of their other original series. However, Karim Zreik, senior vice president of original programming at Marvel Television, provided some viewership demographics for Jessica Jones in August 2017, noting that the series has attracted a large number of female viewers.[101] Also in the month, Netflix released viewing patterns for the Marvel Netflix series. The data, which came from Netflix's "1,300 'taste communities' around the world, where subscribers are grouped based on what they watch", showed that viewers would not watch the series in chronological order by release, rather starting with Jessica Jones, then Daredevil, Luke Cage, and finally Iron Fist. Todd Yellin, Netflix's vice president of product innovation, noted that audiences watch the series "in order of how they're interested in them and how they learn about them." Netflix's data also showed that a viewer watching Jessica Jones would most often then move on to Daredevil, and vice versa, with Yellin figuring that Jessica Jones and Luke Cage would have paired up more, given that Cage was introduced on Jessica Jones. The data also revealed that other "comedies and shows with strong women" such as Friends, Master of None

, and Orange Is the New Black led viewers to starting Jessica Jones.[102] In October 2018, Crimson Hexagon, a consumer insights company, released data that examined the "social-media buzz" for the series to try to correlate it with potential viewership. The data showed that when the first season premiered in November 2015, the season had just under 300,000 Twitter and Instagram posts regarding it, and when the second season was released in March 2018, the posts had declined by half, to under 150,000.[103]

Critical response

Critical response of Jessica Jones
SeasonRotten TomatoesMetacritic
194% (80 reviews)[104]81 (32 reviews)[105]
282% (87 reviews)[106]70 (19 reviews)[107]
373% (40 reviews)[108]65 (7 reviews)[109]

For its first season, the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 94% approval rating with an average rating of 8.24/10, based on 80 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Jessica Jones builds a multifaceted drama around its engaging antihero, delivering what might be Marvel's strongest TV franchise to date."[104] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 81 out of 100 based on 32 critics, indicating "universal acclaim."[105]

For season two, Rotten Tomatoes reported an 82% approval rating with an average rating of 6.97/10, based on 87 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "While Jessica Jones is a slower burn with less focus than its inaugural season, its enticing new character arc more fully details the most charismatic Defender."[106] Metacritic assigned the season a score of 70 out of 100 based on 19 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[107]

For season three, Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 73% with an average rating of 6.40/10, based on 40 reviews. The website's critical consensus states, "Even if it's not the most satisfying finale for an entire era of Marvel television, Jessica Jones' final chapter finishes strong by giving its complicated heroine the space to change – and Krysten Ritter one last chance to work her sarcastic magic."[108] Metacritic gave a weighted average score of 64 out of 100, based on 6 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[109]

Accolades

In December 2015, IGN named Jessica Jones the best Netflix original programming series released to date.[110]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2015 TVLine's Performer of the Week Performance in "AKA You're a Winner!" Krysten Ritter Won [111]
2016 People's Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor David Tennant Nominated [112]
Critics' Choice Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Krysten Ritter Nominated [113]
Dorian Awards TV Performance of the Year – Actress Krysten Ritter Nominated [114]
Empire Awards Best TV Series Jessica Jones Nominated [115]
Peabody Awards Entertainment and Children's programs Jessica Jones Won [116]
Nebula Awards Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation Scott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg, and Jamie King (for "AKA Smile") Nominated [117]
Webby Awards Special Achievement: Best Actress Krysten Ritter Won [118]
Glamour Awards International TV Actress Krysten Ritter Won [119]
Saturn Awards Best New Media Television Series Jessica Jones Nominated [120]
Best TV Actress Krysten Ritter Nominated [120]
Best Supporting TV Actor David Tennant Nominated [120]
Television Critics Association Outstanding New Program Jessica Jones Nominated [121]
Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form "AKA Smile" Won [122]
Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Main Title Design Jessica Jones Nominated [123]
Outstanding Main Title Theme Music Sean Callery Won [123]
Online Film & Television Association Award Best New Theme Song in a Series Sean Callery Nominated [124]
Best New Titles Sequence Jessica Jones Nominated [124]
Gotham Awards Breakthrough Series – Long Form Jessica Jones Nominated [125]
2018 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) Sean Callery Nominated [126]
People's Choice Awards The Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show of 2018 Jessica Jones Nominated [127]
2019 Saturn Awards Best Streaming Superhero Television Series Jessica Jones Nominated [128]
Best Actress in a Streaming Presentation Krysten Ritter Nominated [128]

Other media

In November 2015, an update for the mobile fighting game Marvel: Contest of Champions was released, featuring a six-part story quest involving Jessica Jones and Daredevil, along with a level based on Hell's Kitchen. Additionally, Jessica Jones was added to the role-playing game Marvel: Future Fight.[129]

Cancellation and future

The series was canceled on February 18, 2019, ahead of the third-season premiere.[130] Prior to its cancellation, Kevin A. Mayer, chairman of Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International, noted that, while it had not yet been discussed, it was a possibility that Disney+ could revive the other cancelled Marvel Netflix series.[131] Hulu's senior vice president of originals Craig Erwich also said that the streaming service was open to reviving the former Netflix series.[132]

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