Black Jesus
Black Lightning Season 1



Critic Ratings: 13
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Episode Info

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


Cress Williams
as Jefferson Pierce
Christine Adams
as Lynn Stewart
Nafessa Williams
as Anissa Pierce
China Anne McClain
as Jennifer Pierce
James Remar
as Peter Gambi
Damon Gupton
as Henderson
Marvin Jones III
as Tobias Whale
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Critic Reviews for Black Jesus

The community leader and supercharged hero both get ample time here in a way that smartly illustrates the debate raging inside.

Aug 27, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It's truly amazing to have a show so sure of what it is, representing the good and bad of the black community. Black Lightning just gets better every week and has become an instant classic.

Aug 15, 2018 | Full Review…

The series seems to be picking up momentum and delving into its prominent plot lines.

Jun 19, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The genius of Black Lightning is how the showrunners portray the despair Freeland faces within the Pierce-family microcosm.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

"Black Jesus" makes clear that secrecy as a whole is something the people of Freeland could do with a lot less of.

May 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Black Lightning is by far not the first to use super hero analogies as a metaphor to talk about being gay in America, but they are definitely going full throttle with the trope.

Apr 23, 2018 | Full Review…

I'm really excited to find out the details of Black Lightning's past battle(s) with Tobias, especially given the new information in this episode.

Mar 12, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

One of Black Lightning's greatest strengths in the early part of this season is its ability to take the larger issues affecting Freeland and use them to tell small-scale stories about various communities.

Mar 12, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

This show continues to give me Friday Night Lights vibes, which is the highest of compliments, as far as I'm concerned.

Mar 12, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Black Lightning stepped up its game this week by giving Tobias Whale a backstory befitting his character.

Mar 12, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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