Black Lightning (2018– )
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The Resurrection 

A former superhero with the power to control and harness lightning, Jefferson Pierce, otherwise known as Black Lightning, unrolls the secrets of his past to protect his city and his family.


Salim Akil


Tony Isabella (based on characters created for DC by), Trevor Von Eeden (based on characters created for DC by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cress Williams ... Jefferson Pierce / Black Lightning
China Anne McClain ... Jennifer Pierce
Nafessa Williams ... Anissa Pierce
Christine Adams ... Lynn Pierce
Marvin 'Krondon' Jones III ... Tobias Whale
Damon Gupton ... Bill Henderson
James Remar ... Peter Gambi
Dabier ... Will
Skye P. Marshall ... Kara Fowdy
William Catlett ... Lala (as Will Catlett)
Charlbi Dean Kriek ... Syonide (as Charlbi Dean)
Roland Martin ... Roland S. Martin (as Roland S. Martin)
Nina Turner Nina Turner ... Nina Turner (as Senator Nina Turner)
Eric Mendenhall ... Joey Toledo
Kyanna Simone Simpson ... Kiesha


Jefferson Pierce is a man wrestling with a secret. As 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. Written by CW

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Action | Drama | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

16 January 2018 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The window above the door to Paul Gambi's shop says "Since 1977." The character of Black Lightning debuted in DC Comics' "Black Lightning" #1 in April of 1977. See more »


At the motel, when Black Lightning shoots electricity at Will's chest, the pistol Will was holding in his right hand is gone, and it isn't evident on the balcony in the crane shot when Black Lightning levitates Will over the railing. See more »


Jefferson Pierce: The One Hundred have Jennifer and Anissa.
Peter Gambi: Head downstairs.
[after locking up shop, he joins Jefferson]
Peter Gambi: [showing him schematics of a power suit] I've been working on something new. Something better.
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It's like a Luke cage want-to-be without superpowers. Only Luke Cage was terrible and this is potentially much worse.
1 February 2018 | by jimunderscoreSee all my reviews

Do you like TV shows with Black characters acting out highly overplayed stereotypes? Cheesy special effects and a cheesier superHero costume?

DC Pushed LoT to a later starting date to put more focus on this show, Have mercy on us, cancel the show and spend your money on additional episodes for each season of your successful series (Arrow, Flash, LoT) instead of trying to augment them with this and ruining the schedualings that allowed for crossover storylines between the Arrowverse TV Shows.

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