Black Lightning: Season 1

Black Lightning: Season 1

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Superhero series centred on Jefferson Pierce—father of two daughters, principal of a charter high school, carer for at-risk youths, and a hero known as Black Lightning.

2018Rating: TV-14USAWarner Bros. Television
ActionDramaScience Fiction

Episodes

EPISODE 1.1

The Resurrection

Jefferson Pierce is a man wrestling with a secret. As... More the father of Anissa and Jennifer, and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe-haven for young people in a neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero in his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning, but he left the Superhero days behind. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought.

EPISODE 1.2

Lawanda: The Book of Hope

As the community struggles with the violence surrounding them, a... More 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.

EPISODE 1.3

Lawanda: The Book of Burial

As Jefferson Pierce tries to determine if the community can... More 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.

EPISODE 1.4

Black Jesus

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

EPISODE 1.5

And Then the Devil Brought the Plague: The Book of Green Light

An unexpected phone call unearths the long-buried need for Jefferson... More 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.

EPISODE 1.6

Three Sevens: The Book of Thunder

Jefferson is on the hunt for his father's killer, while... More 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.

EPISODE 1.7

Equinox: The Book of Fate

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

EPISODE 1.8

The Book of Revelations

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

EPISODE 1.9

The Book of Little Black Lies

In the aftermath of the latest killing, Black Lightning works... More 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.

EPISODE 1.10

Sins of the Father: The Book of Redemption

Black Lightning attempts to rescue several long-missing children reveals a... More 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.

EPISODE 1.11

Black Jesus: The Book of Crucifixion

As suspicions grow that Jefferson Pierce is Black Lightning, the... More ASA arranges to have him arrested. Lynn seeks help from Detective Henderson. Meanwhile, as Jefferson is in custody, Gambi and Anissa work together to show Black Lightning is still running around the streets of Freeland.

EPISODE 1.12

The Resurrection and the Light: The Book of Pain

Tobias returns to Freeland. He is tasked to capture –... More not kill – Black Lightning with the help of an unexpected source. After a battle of epic proportions, Anissa and Jennifer provide surprising aid.

EPISODE 1.13

Shadow of Death: The Book of War

The aftermath of the showdown with Black Lightning leaves everyone... More reeling. Meanwhile, Tobias gathers his forces.

Black Lightning: Season 1 | Reviews

96%194 reviews

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Crackling with conflict and potential, Black Lightning swoops in to save the midwinter TV season, reinvigorating the superhero genre along the way.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

Black Lightning has found a way to make the typical superhero origin story, already depicted endlessly on television shows and in movies (and reboots of movies) fresh: by bypassing it altogether.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

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

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Variety

Variety

Black Lightning is a good, satisfying, layered addition to the CW canon.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

Take a deeper look and you'll see a show that doesn't get lost in the fantasy of superhero television and takes the responsibility of portraying being black in America seriously.

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Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

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

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Just when you start to think the superhero genre has squeezed every last drop of magic juice from its countless movies, TV series and spinoffs, along comes Black Lightning...

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

The violence does not rank as gratuitous because, as an action show, Black Lightning very much needs it.

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NPR

NPR

It all adds up to a magnificently-layered universe that fans of superhero TV have rarely seen before...

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Black Lightning: Season 1 | Release Details

Black Lightning: Season 1 is available to stream in Australia now on Netflix and Google Play and Apple TV.