Black Lightning: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1
Black Lightning

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Black Lightning doesn't reinvent superhero TV, but it does give the genre a necessary jolt with real-world plots, scary new villains, and a star-making performance from Cress Williams.



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Air date: Jan 16, 2018

A retired superhero is drawn back into his old lifestyle when his daughter seeks to serve justice to evil-doers in the series premiere.

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Air date: Jan 23, 2018

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, Gambi 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.

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Air date: Jan 30, 2018

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.

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Air date: Feb 6, 2018

Black Lightning is recruited to rally against The 100 gang. Anissa investigates the new drug hitting the streets. Meanwhile, familiar faces begin to reappear.

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Air date: Feb 13, 2018

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; and Jennifer learns the importance of controlling her temper in all situations.

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Air date: Feb 27, 2018

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.

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Air date: Mar 6, 2018

Black Lightning's pursuit for Tobias continues. Anissa continues to find herself in the new normal.

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Air date: Mar 13, 2018

Black Lightning works with Anissa to help find information to clear his name. Jennifer begins interning for Lynn. Meanwhile, Gambi finds himself in a precarious situation.

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Air date: Mar 20, 2018

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.

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Air date: Mar 27, 2018

Black Lightning attempts to rescue several long-missing children reveal 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.

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High-school principal Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) suits up once again as Black Lightning to save his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) from trouble. In doing so, he breaks his promise to his ex-wife Lynn (Christine Adams) to retire from being a superhero for good. What Jefferson intended to be a one-time stint, however, becomes a full-time return to wearing the cape when he learns that he and his family are being targeted by the criminal organization that calls itself the 100 and the shadowy government agency ASA. James Remar, Damon Gupton, and Marvin "Krondon" Jones III join the cast as Pierce family friend Peter Gambi, police inspector Billy Henderson, and the 100 leader Tobias Whale respectively.

Cast & Crew

Cress Williams
Jefferson Pierce
China Anne McClain
Jennifer Pierce
Nafessa Williams
Anissa Pierce
Christine Adams
Lynn Stewart
James Remar
Peter Gambi
Marvin "Krondon" Jones III
Tobias Whale
Damon Gupton
Bill Henderson
Gregg Henry
Martin Proctor
Jordan Calloway
Khalil Payne
Amanda Davis
Joan Lincoln
Tracey Bonner
Lawanda White
Anthony Reynolds
Deputy Chief Cayman
Mara Brock Akil
Executive Producer
Salim Akil
Executive Producer
Greg Berlanti
Executive Producer
Sarah Schechter
Executive Producer
Adam Giaudrone
Oz Scott
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  • Jul 03, 2021
    This show had some potential, but what totally turned me off was that BL and his wife are absolute asshole-parents who behave like their their teenage daughters are their serfs. It is ironic that a show that is meant to be emancipatory manages to the most reactionary piece of shit to hit netflix in years.
  • Jun 29, 2021
    Very possibly the worst TV show ever made. Dreadful acting.. terrible fight scenes.. woeful.. just woeful
  • Feb 15, 2021
    Do we watch same episodes? This is bad and disconnected that i lost interest in first 2 ep.but i pushed to the end and i can say its NO GOOD
  • Feb 03, 2021
    If you want a all black cast super hero show this is your only option. That is its only strength and there is something to be said for being the only game in town.
  • Nov 13, 2020
    Season 1 does a perfect job in establishing the show.
  • Aug 11, 2020
    The writers are more worried about the political message than the show. Its a shame because it had great potential.
  • Aug 03, 2020
    It's story moves a bit slow but the cast is strong and the tale powerful.
  • May 19, 2020
    Couldn't even finish the entire season. Boring trash that I struggled to even keep my eyes open for.
  • Apr 09, 2020
    So no one could recognize who black lightning was because he wore a simple pair of glasses? Really? That was terrible 😂
  • Mar 22, 2020
    I wonder why some people seem to have such a problem with this show... It's very well acted. The plot gets a little messy and over the top at times, but that's par for the course with a superhero show.

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