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Black Lightning 

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


Salim Akil
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Series cast summary:
Cress Williams ...  Jefferson Pierce / ... 45 episodes, 2018-2020
China Anne McClain ...  Jennifer Pierce / ... 45 episodes, 2018-2020
Nafessa Williams ...  Anissa Pierce / ... 45 episodes, 2018-2020
Christine Adams ...  Lynn Pierce / ... 45 episodes, 2018-2020
Marvin 'Krondon' Jones III ...  Tobias Whale 45 episodes, 2018-2020
Damon Gupton ...  Bill Henderson 45 episodes, 2018-2020
James Remar ...  Peter Gambi 45 episodes, 2018-2020
Jordan Calloway ...  Khalil Payne / ... 38 episodes, 2018-2020
Chantal Thuy ...  Grace Choi 22 episodes, 2018-2020
Bill Duke ...  Agent Percy Odell 20 episodes, 2018-2020
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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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Did You Know?


Cress Williams, who portrays Black Lightning/Jefferson Pierce, previously appeared in the series "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" as the villain Baron Sunday. See more »

Crazy Credits

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


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Disregard the Haters
22 January 2018 | by ksdouglas-23618See all my reviews

Too be honest, I went into this story with low expectations. I thought it were another Luke Cage set in the DC Universe. (Actually, it sorta IS DC's Luke Cage. Only this time around, the story centers around a older man raising two daughters and enduring the aftermath of a messy divorce. It's a humble hero who isn't perfect, doesn't know what he wants and doesn't have all the answers. Some reviews have said that the protagonist is an idiot and can't figure anything out, but I like to think of it as a man being overwhelmed with the daily struggle we all go through while also contending with these powers that could both change the world or make it a worse place to live in.

I've noticed a slew of reviewers rate this show a staggering 1/10 because it depicts all white characters evil (in the first episode, there's literal one white guy who is a police officer who's a jerk) but reviewers keeps mentioning that one jerk but totally disregarding the other white gentleman who, to the protagonist, is as a father figure and mentor, 95% of the actual jerks are black guys who cause the protagonist some serious headache.

I also laugh when some reviews say the actors' performances were poor. Uhhhh... no, not by a longshot. Compared to DC: Legends of Tomorrow or Supergirl, these actors are pretty good in their respected roles. Actually, the performance in the premier are up their with Arrow.

I'll just add this last bit, given certain reviews added to this title. I've noticed some flack being thrown at this title for the sole purpose that the show features mostly black people. Enjoy the show for what it is and what it features with an open mind. At the end of the day, it's all entertainment.

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Release Date:

16 January 2018 (USA) See more »

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Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital (5.1)



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16:9 HD
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