Black Lightning

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Season 1 episodes (17)

1 The Resurrection
In the series premiere, Jefferson Pierce is a man wrestling with a secret. Years ago, he hung up the suit and secret identity of Black Lightning. But now he must return.
2 Lawanda: The Book of Hope
As the community struggles with the violence surrounding them, a glimmer of hope appears: Is Black Lightning back? Lynn Stewart, noticing the changes in the community, is also left wondering. While Jefferson Pierce struggles with his decision, Peter Gambi (series star JAMES REMAR) urges him to take up the mantle once more and return to life as Black Lightning. Anissa and Jennifer try to deal with the aftermath of their jolting experience.
3 LaWanda: The Book of Burial
As Jefferson Pierce tries to determine if the community can survive without the help of Black Lightning, Anissa starts to come into her own. Meanwhile, Jefferson and Lynn try and figure out their new dynamic. Finally, Jennifer reveals to her parents that she has been grappling with something big.
4 Black Jesus
While familiar faces begin to reappear, Black Lightning is recruited to rally against The 100 gang, and Anissa investigates a new drug hitting the streets.
5 And Then the Devil Brought the Plague: The Book of Green Light
An unexpected phone call unearths the long-buried need for Jefferson to investigate the murder of his father. Meanwhile, Annisa wrestles with the fact that her actions have dire consequences. Lastly, Jennifer learns the importance of controlling her temper – in all situations.
6 Three Sevens: The Book of Thunder
Jefferson is on the hunt for his father’s killer, while Anissa uses her new powers to rectify a wrong after a protest fails. Jennifer grapples with some difficult choices. Elsewhere, Gambi begs for help from Lynn.
7 Equinox: The Book of Fate
While Black Lightning continues his pursuit of Tobias, Anissa continues to find herself in the “new normal.”
8 Revelations
While Black Lightning works with Anissa to find information to clear his name, Jennifer begins interning for Lynn, and Gambi finds himself in a precarious situation.
9 The Book of Little Black Lies
In the aftermath of the latest killing, Black Lightning works to clear his name while also hunting down the person responsible for his father’s death, and anyone else involved. Tensions remain high between Black Lightning and Gambi.
10 Sins of the Father: The Book of Redemption
Black Lightning’s attempts to rescue several long-missing children reveals a secret he did not anticipate, and its resulting connections. Gambi struggles to stay strong while in a compromising position. Jefferson begins to view things differently.
11 Black Jesus: The Book of Crucifixion
As suspicions grow that Jefferson Pierce is Black Lightning, the ASA arranges to have him arrested. Lynn seeks help from Detective Henderson. Meanwhile, with Jefferson in custody, Gambi and Anissa work together to show Black Lightning is still running around the streets of Freeland.
12 The Resurrection and the Light: The Book of Pain
Tobias returns to Freeland – tasked with capturing and not killing Black Lightning with the help of an unexpected source. After a battle of epic proportions, Anissa and Jennifer provide surprising aid.
13 Shadow of Death: The Book of War
While Tobias gathers his forces, the aftermath of the showdown with Black Lightning leaves everyone reeling in the season one finale.
101 2017 Comic-Con Panel
The best moments of the Black Lightning panel at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con.
102 Art Imitating Life: The Pilot Episode
Series creator, Salim Akil, discusses the true-life event that inspired one of Jefferson Pierce's most gripping scenes from the Pilot episode.
103 A Family of Strength
There is no greater strength than the support and love of family. This featurette explores the untraditional Pierce family, each struggling with modern life as civilians and as superheroes driven to protect their community against injustice.
104 Gag Reel
Watch the hilarious outtakes from the cast of Black Lightning.

About this show

Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), respected educator and father of two, is also Black Lightning, superpowered protector of Freeland. And he doesn’t fight alone. He is joined by his superpowered daughters, Anissa (Nafessa Williams), aka Thunder, and Jennifer (China Anne McClain), aka Lightning, as well as his ex-wife, metahuman expert Lynn (Christine Adams). Together, the Pierce family combats the ills eroding their city, including a menacing gang that calls itself The 100 and infamous gangster Tobias Whale (Marvin Jones III). Worse, Freeland has been plagued by g overnment-sponsored experiments and drug trafficking, creating metahumans and addicts while making Freeland the target of a dangerous foreign power, Markovia. Fortunately, the family still has allies in their fight: former covert superspy Peter Gambi (James Remar) and Jefferson’s neighbor, the scrupulously honest deputy police chief Bill Henderson (Damon Gupton).

Ratings and reviews

534 reviews
The Patriot
May 18, 2021
So...yeah there is some merit to the racism in the show but if you take the family history and the reality of black Americans(just Americans in this non-black person's eyes.) into account the show is strong. My issue is that the main character takes a back seat to the wife and daughters. multiple times they "put him in his place." just one of a few things. the show gained strength when it joined the other DC cw verse shows. I want more seasons or expand on lightning and thunder in their own shows but BL should be able to be the head of his show without feeling neutered. I would prefer some words not be spoken but that is also a part of the black culture that I don't have the same experience with. overall great show just more heroics and less BS DRAMA.
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Nicky German LGR FAN
May 5, 2018
Let's not start this with all white people hate this show because it has a black cast. That's stupid because I loved Luke Cage. But this show is pure anti white, let's feed the paranoia and feed the racial tension going on in America right now. The first scene in the show has a white women cop kicking a door shut on BL's daughter and pointing a gun at her. Such a staged moment to make the viewers hate cops. If that's the case than why have again 2 white cops show up with tasers instead of guns at a club owned by drug dealers. The most violent city in America and all cops are white when making arrests, but all the good cops at the precinct are black or Hispanic. Just a racist show meant to grow a racially paranoid society. Remember kids watching this will grow up to be racist even if they never experienced it. That's what propaganda does.
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Meir Liberman
January 28, 2018
Virtue signalling seems to have been the purpose of creating this show. White men are the root of all evil. 3 times they show up-- 1) As racist cops, 2) As racist masterminds, 3) as a goon robbing a store (4 if you want to include a reporter) Apparently black men can't be evil. Nah, their just stupid people being taken advantage of. How this racist and degrading mindset could create this series is mind- boggling. Finally let's talk about this suit: Could it have been more steriotyped to the black community? Loud and ridiculous looking, the gaudy suit is reminiscent of the teenager covered from head to toe in fake gold chains and rings. Throw in lesbian girl power that has yet to really be if any interest and you have this show. The only reason it has any positive ratings is because it's a black TV show. Don't fall for it. There are so many shows with better black characters out there.
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