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?


Tobias Whale is a reference to Moby Dick. Tobias Whale is an albino African American i.e. White Whale. He's an antagonist who is the bane of the main character's existence, what drives Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning's character to the brink of madness, always slipping out of the grip of the protagonist. See more »


When Jefferson returns to Gambi's shop to get the new Black Lightning costume, Gambi goes to the front door, draws the shade, and locks the door. However, there is clearly no lock mechanism on the door, he just touches the top of the door handle, but there is an audible click. See more »


Jefferson Pierce: [Will is about to pull a gun when Jefferson stops him] Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! Now, what happens after you pull this gun? You going to shoot her? In front of the whole school? You're on parole, right? Yeah, yeah, there are cameras all over this place. Do you really want to go back to jail for a school shooting? Cause that is life with no possibility of getting out.
Will: You don't know who you're messing with.
Jefferson Pierce: You're right. I don't, but the police are already on their way and they don't care who you ...
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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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