21 Shows To Watch While You’re Recovering From A Food Coma

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Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones for Netflix’s “Jessica Jones,” copyright Marvel Studios

5. Jessica Jones

I’ll say this up front: Jessica Jones is pretty intense. You’d figure as much, considering that it follows Jessica Jones herself as she confronts her ultra-powerful abuser, Kilgrave. Kilgrave, who can control minds, has abused several women and even orchestrated the death of a few. Jones is one of Kilgrave’s victims who escaped his clutches, but is still forced to deal with her experience thanks to PTSD and his continued villainy.

So, yes, if you’re sensitive to any of those issues, you may want to click on to check out another show. But if you can handle the darkness of the premise, Jessica Jones has a lot to offer. It’s a stylish noir that takes a deep, unflinching look at trauma and recovery. It also has powerful messages about friendship and sisterhood that resonate without seeming cliched.

Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is joined by her adoptive sister Patricia “Trish” Walker (Rachael Taylor) and Luke Cage (Mike Colter). Luke Cage, by the way, is the subject of another Marvel series on Netflix, which I strongly recommend you watch as well. In this show, which predates the airdate of Luke Cage, he’s an integral part of the storyline. David Tennant, perhaps best known for his turn on Doctor Who, is chilling as Kilgrave. Like, really, seriously, unnerving.

Where to watch: Netflix