A crusading school principal gets back into action as the original African-American electrical superhero.


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Series cast summary:
Nafessa Williams ...  Anissa Pierce / ... 53 episodes, 2018-2021
James Remar ...  Peter Gambi 53 episodes, 2018-2021
Cress Williams ...  Jefferson Pierce / ... 52 episodes, 2018-2021
Christine Adams ...  Lynn Pierce / ... 52 episodes, 2018-2021
Marvin 'Krondon' Jones III ...  Tobias Whale 52 episodes, 2018-2021
China Anne McClain ...  Jennifer Pierce / ... 50 episodes, 2018-2021
Damon Gupton ...  Bill Henderson 45 episodes, 2018-2021
Jordan Calloway ...  Khalil Payne / ... 44 episodes, 2018-2021
Chantal Thuy ...  Grace Choi 30 episodes, 2018-2021
William Catlett ...  Lala 22 episodes, 2018-2021


Jefferson Pierce has made his choice. He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he'll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend: Black Lightning.

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Books of consequence and rebellion. (season 2) See more »


Action | Drama | Sci-Fi


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Did You Know?


This marks Fallyn Brown's first TV appearance. See more »

Crazy Credits

The Warner Bros and DC Comics logos are charged with lightning. See more »


Referenced in Lego DC Super-Villains (2018) See more »

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Hmmm, why are people slamming this show
18 January 2018 | by dannanoblesSee all my reviews

Black Lightning's first episode was super cool and I see the potential for it to get even better. There was nothing "over the top" or "a bit too much" to a viewer with a mature and REALISTIC awareness to today's American Culture (for non-white individuals). Portraying such situations is reality and if that offends you then you simply deny reality. A comment was made that BLM created this show, how ignorant. If a drama showing what others experience irks you then perhaps YOU should not feel entitled to harshly judge what YOU don't understand. It's not for YOU so move along rather than try to destroy it -the American way- with nastiness and bigotry. The cast was perfect. His suit was just fine. The story will only get better despite what THEY say. After all, if a pathetic, unrealistic movie/shows like 300, Wonderwoman and Arrow etc can be tolerated them Black Lightning is perfectly fine. Forget what THEY say because THEY were going to be nasty regardless because this show doesn't cater to them via story line, visuals etc and it DOESN'T have too. GO BLACK LIGHTNING!!

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Release Date:

16 January 2018 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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