Black Lightning: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1
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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.



Critic Ratings: 51


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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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Critic Reviews for Black Lightning Season 1

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (22)

It all adds up to a magnificently-layered universe that fans of superhero TV have rarely seen before, a place where a black superhero not only takes on criminals but the stereotypes and prejudice that divide us all.

Nov 25, 2019 | Full Review…

It's that real-world sizzle that gives this newcomer its snap, crackle and pop.

Jan 12, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The villains are scary, the dialogue is smart, and the actors are compelling. "Black Lightning" serves a welcome jolt.

Jan 11, 2018 | Full Review…

The journey to Black Lightning fully embracing its present could be one of the year's exciting TV evolutions.

Jan 16, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

It's all pulled off powerfully and artfully by principal executive producer Mara Brock Akil (Girlfriends, The Game), who's assisted by DC impresario Greg Berlanti.

Jan 16, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

... it's already managed to distinguish itself not only from the Arrowverse (which includes shows like Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl), but also from Marvel's Luke Cage, the series that's usually mentioned in the same breath.

Feb 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Anissa shines as the first black lesbian superhero on TV and her significance can't be overstated.

Jan 10, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Through a good story, a great tapestry is offered to talk about all kinds of social issues. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 30, 2019 | Full Review…

The need to get what I will refer to as "the message" out took away from what could have been an awesome pilot.

Aug 26, 2018 | Full Review…

This episode was really a showcase for Williams. The sequence featuring his arrest and incarceration ran the gamut of emotions without being obvious or over the top.

Aug 10, 2018 | Full Review…

The '70s Incredible Hulk TV show established a formula wherein the Hulk was guaranteed to show up twice per episode; the best superhero shows stick to some version of that. And Black Lightning is surely among the best.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Black Lightning puts an emphasis on his community, making the show a welcome addition to The CW lineup specifically, and to superhero television as a whole.

Jan 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Black Lightning: Season 1

  • 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.
  • Feb 29, 2020
    Highly disappointed. I was so excited to see this black superhero character on Netflix. I watched the first episode and I became extremely disappointed. The dialogue is not up to par. The acting in some points was good but the script is so off it almost makes it hard to follow the story line. For instance, the main villian's name is Lala. What? This in some cases reminds me of the early Tyler Perry movies. Where you have questions about how things happened in the movie/show. I think this show has potential but the script writer needs to step up their game. Really and some actors need to be either replaced or let go period.
  • Feb 15, 2020
    this first season is a breath of fresh air from the overly used cg fight sequences in the flash legends and supergirl it has an amazing story and better action. This show does not come without its flaws some of the characters exchanges seem forced and boring like most of the exchanges from Lynn and Jeff but when the family is all together it captures some of my favorite exchanges and jokes. I want to point out china I have only seen her in a few other movies and shows and never showed exceptional talent in acting she wasn't horrible but this show really gives her room too shine her exchanges are amazing and she captures the idk what too do with my powers vibe. This was really action packed with amazing acting from nearly all of the cast it feels realistic because it's grounded in real world issues. Over all this show is an amazing breath of fresh air from the cheesy garbage that is the other cw shows.

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