Black Lightning: Season 1 (2018)

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Critic Consensus: 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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1
Air date: Jan 16, 2018
2
Air date: Jan 23, 2018
3
Air date: Jan 30, 2018
4
Air date: Feb 6, 2018
5
Air date: Feb 13, 2018
6
Air date: Feb 27, 2018
7
Air date: Mar 6, 2018
8
Air date: Mar 13, 2018
9
Air date: Mar 20, 2018
10
Air date: Mar 27, 2018
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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

Cress Williams
as Jefferson Pierce
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 Lightning Season 1

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (19)

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

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

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…
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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…
Top Critic

... 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…

The escapism is augmented by a sincere attempt to tap into the social tensions convulsing the United States.

Jan 23, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | 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…

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