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A crusading school principal gets back into action as the original African-American electrical superhero.
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Series cast summary:
Cress Williams ...  Black Lightning / ... 15 episodes, 2018
China Anne McClain ...  Jennifer Pierce 15 episodes, 2018
Nafessa Williams ...  Anissa Pierce / ... 15 episodes, 2018
Christine Adams ...  Lynn Pierce 15 episodes, 2018
Marvin 'Krondon' Jones III ...  Tobias Whale 15 episodes, 2018
Damon Gupton ...  Bill Henderson 15 episodes, 2018
James Remar ...  Peter Gambi 15 episodes, 2018
Skye P. Marshall ...  Kara Fowdy 10 episodes, 2018
Charlbi Dean Kriek ...  Syonide 9 episodes, 2018
Jordan Calloway ...  Khalil Payne 8 episodes, 2018
William Catlett ...  Lala / ... 7 episodes, 2018
Kyanna Simone Simpson ...  Kiesha 7 episodes, 2018


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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Release Date:

16 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Raio Negro See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Jefferson adopts a more street-wise manner of speaking when disguised as Black Lightning. This is in keeping with the original comic books, where Black Lightning made use of 70's era slang to disguise his identity. See more »

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


Referenced in I Be Geniusen Stuff: Black Lightning S1 (2018) See more »

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From a Comics Geek... Episodes 1& 2 Individually as watched
17 January 2018 | by bustedbrain16See all my reviews

I'm the type who bleeds comic ink the way sports fans do their team's colors, with an extensive collection dating back to the 1960's, so I'm well versed in the history; yet realize concessions must be made for decades of that history for current adaptations. (I like to say it's like stage magic: it's not "real", but is the ride enjoyable?)

EPISODE 1 - HEAVYHANDED Now, I remember Black Lightning from the old Super Friends cartoon, and quite honestly wished they'd shown more of him. Seeing this show however, has me a bit torn. Being a family man and coming out of retirement after a dark incident in his past certainly sets him apart from the other CW's superheroes and more interesting as a character. They lost some ssserious points with an over-saturation of an "all African Americans are victims". There were times I felt as though I was clubbed over the head with it like a baby seal it was so pervasively perverse. If they tone that back, the series shows promise. The setting being in an African American community with high gang activity, there's no need for them to go to the extremes they did. (particularly the scene where he got pulled over)

EPISODE 2 - CANCEL THIS FARCE! The racial slurs continuing to escalate was enough. But meanwhile, our "hero" in his alter ego of Jefferson Pierce, high so-called "community activist" and high school principal is seen walking the halls of the school in front of a banner reading: "IT'S YOUR LIFE live it any way necessary", and in another scene comes home to ask his wife where their daughters are, and she answers (the two scenes being shown right beforehand) "(the older one) is at her girlfriend's house"(where we'd just seen them having sex)"and (the younger) is on the roof, her favorite place with her boyfriend" (which we'd just seen as her boyfriend coming out of her bedroom window to her smoking). It seems a bit off that such a "pillar of the community" would be that kind of father... then we see his younger daughter drinking at school! This show needs to be swept under the rug and forgotten!! After a public apology for airing it.

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