The Best Episodes of Black Lightning

Last Updated: Dec 6, 2018

Jefferson Pierce, who retired from his superhero persona Black Lightning nine years ago after seeing the effects it had on his family, is forced to become a vigilante again when the rise of the local gang called the 100 leads to increased crime and corruption in his community of Freeland.

Black Jesus: The Book of Crucifixion

#1 - Black Jesus: The Book of Crucifixion

Season 1 - Episode 11

As suspicions grow that Jefferson Pierce is Black Lightning, the ASA arranges to have him arrested. Lynn seeks help from Detecitve Henderson. Meanwhile, as Jefferson is in custody, Gambi and Anissa work together to show Black Lightning is still running around the streets of Freeland.

star 7.86
1,043 votes
Writers: Melora Rivera
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The Book of Rebellion: Chapter One: Exodus

#2 - The Book of Rebellion: Chapter One: Exodus

Season 2 - Episode 8

Jennifer's disappearance roils the Pierce family. The family discusses the best way to find her. Lynn asks Detective Henderson to arrest Khalil after she learns Jennifer is with him.

star 7.85
127 votes
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The Book of Blood: Chapter Three: The Sange

#3 - The Book of Blood: Chapter Three: The Sange

Season 2 - Episode 7

When Black Lightning and Thunder are attacked by Looker and her clan, they fight to get her to release control over the Sange. Meanwhile, Jennifer and Khalil continue to grow closer.

star 7.85
314 votes
Writers: Keli Goff
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Shadow of Death: The Book of War

#4 - Shadow of Death: The Book of War

Season 1 - Episode 13

The aftermath of the showdown with Black Lightning leaves everyone reeling. Meanwhile, Tobias gathers his forces.

star 7.80
992 votes
Directors: Salim Akil
Writers: Charles D. Holland
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The Resurrection and the Light: The Book of Pain

#5 - The Resurrection and the Light: The Book of Pain

Season 1 - Episode 12

Tobias returns to Freeland. He is tasked to capture – not kill – Black Lightning with the help of an unexpected source. After a battle of epic proportions, Anissa and Jennifer provide surprising aid.

star 7.79
1,010 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: Jan Nash, Adam Giaudrone
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The Book of Revelation

#6 - The Book of Revelation

Season 1 - Episode 8

Black Lightning works with Anissa to help find information to clear Black Lightning’s name. Jennifer begins interning for Lynn. Meanwhile, Gambi finds himself in a precarious situation.

star 7.76
1,174 votes
Directors: Tanya Hamilton
Writers: Jan Nash
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The Book of Blood: Chapter Two: The Perdi

#7 - The Book of Blood: Chapter Two: The Perdi

Season 2 - Episode 6

Black Lightning and Thunder return to South Freeland in an attempt to figure out what is going on. When they arrive, they are directed to a nearby wood where they are surrounded by a clan of mixed-race moonshiners called the Perdi. Meanwhile, Lynn, feeling tremendous guilt, falls into a deep depression. Lastly, Tobias finds that his plan is falling apart.

star 7.74
361 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: Pat Charles
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Sins of the Father: The Book of Redemption

#8 - Sins of the Father: The Book of Redemption

Season 1 - Episode 10

Black Lightning attempts to rescue several long-missing children reveals a secret he did not anticipate, and its resulting connections. Gambi struggles to stay strong while in a compromising position. Jefferson begins to view things differently.

star 7.73
1,070 votes
Writers: Pat Charles
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The Resurrection

#9 - The Resurrection

Season 1 - Episode 1

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.

star 7.69
2,246 votes
Directors: Salim Akil
Writers: Salim Akil
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The Book of Consequences: Chapter Two: Black Jesus Blues

#10 - The Book of Consequences: Chapter Two: Black Jesus Blues

Season 2 - Episode 2

Jefferson must break the news to his students and faculty that he is stepping down. Struggling with his new life as Painkiller, Kahlil pays a visit to Jennifer in hopes of mending things. Meanwhile, Tobias continues to enact his plan.

star 7.69
559 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: Charles Holland
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The Book of Consequences: Chapter Four: Translucent Freak

#11 - The Book of Consequences: Chapter Four: Translucent Freak

Season 2 - Episode 4

Jefferson confronts Anissa about her reckless and irresponsible behavior leading to a fierce disagreement.

star 7.65
457 votes
Writers: Adam Giaudrone
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Three Sevens: The Book of Thunder

#12 - Three Sevens: The Book of Thunder

Season 1 - Episode 6

Jefferson is on the hunt for his father's killer, while Anissa uses her new powers to rectify a wrong after a protest fails. Jennifer grapples with some difficult choices. Elsewhere, Gambi begs for help from Lynn.

star 7.64
1,342 votes
Directors: Benny Boom
Writers: Charles Holland
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The Book of Consequences: Chapter Three: Master Lowry

#13 - The Book of Consequences: Chapter Three: Master Lowry

Season 2 - Episode 3

Jefferson is forced to watch as all his good work is undone before his eyes when his replacement arrives and begins implementing sweeping changes. Meanwhile, Anissa continues to play Robin Hood by stealing from one of the most powerful crime syndicates in Freeland.

star 7.64
501 votes
Directors: Rose Troche
Writers: Jan Nash
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The Book of Little Black Lies

#14 - The Book of Little Black Lies

Season 1 - Episode 9

In the aftermath of the latest killing, Black Lightning works to clear his name while also hunting down the person responsible for his father’s death, and anyone else involved. Tensions remain high between Black Lightning and Gambi.

star 7.61
1,080 votes
Writers: Keli Goff
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The Book of Consequences: Chapter One: Rise of the Green Light Babies

#15 - The Book of Consequences: Chapter One: Rise of the Green Light Babies

Season 2 - Episode 1

Jefferson Pierce and his family may have survived Tobias’s attack, but they’re not out of the woods yet. Concerned for the safety of Garfield’s students, the board considers a motion to shut down the school. Jennifer struggles with her powers and her actions have unforeseen repercussions. Meanwhile, Anissa finds a new way to give back to Freeland.

star 7.58
645 votes
Directors: Salim Akil
Writers: Salim Akil
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Equinox: The Book of Fate

#16 - Equinox: The Book of Fate

Season 1 - Episode 7

Black Lightning’s pursuit for Tobias continues. Anissa continues to find herself in the new normal.

star 7.57
1,202 votes
Directors: Billy Woodruff
Writers: Lamont Magee
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The Book of Blood: Chapter One: Requiem

#17 - The Book of Blood: Chapter One: Requiem

Season 2 - Episode 5

Jefferson and Anissa work together investigating the hometown of a creepy man at the clinic and make a shocking discovery. Meanwhile, with Syonide gone, Tobias puts an increasing amount of pressure on Khalil to help fill some of the void left in the organization.

star 7.57
397 votes
Writers: Lamont Magee
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LaWanda: The Book of Burial

#18 - LaWanda: The Book of Burial

Season 1 - Episode 3

As Jefferson Pierce tries to determine if the community can survive without the help of Black Lightning, Anissa starts to come into her own. Meanwhile, Jefferson and Lynn try and figure out their new dynamic. Finally, Jennifer reveals to her parents that she has been grappling with something big.

star 7.57
1,682 votes
Directors: Mark Tonderai
Writers: Jan Nash
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LaWanda: The Book of Hope

#19 - LaWanda: The Book of Hope

Season 1 - Episode 2

As the community struggles with the violence surrounding them, a glimmer of hope appears: Is Black Lightning back? Lynn Stewart, noticing the changes in the community, is also left wondering. While Jefferson Pierce struggles with his decision, Gambi urges him to take up the mantle once more and return to life as Black Lightning. Anissa and Jennifer try to deal with the aftermath of their jolting experience.

star 7.56
1,904 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: Salim Akil, Charles D. Holland
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And Then the Devil Brought the Plague: The Book of Green Light

#20 - And Then the Devil Brought the Plague: The Book of Green Light

Season 1 - Episode 5

An unexpected phone call unearths the long-buried need for Jefferson to investigate the murder of his father. Meanwhile, Annisa wrestles with the fact that her actions have dire consequences. Lastly, Jennifer learns the importance of controlling her temper – in all situations.

star 7.51
1,460 votes
Directors: Rose Troche
Writers: Adam Giaudrone
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Black Jesus

#21 - Black Jesus

Season 1 - Episode 4

Black Lightning is recruited to rally against The 100 gang. Anissa investigates the new drug hitting the streets. Meanwhile, familiar faces begin to reappear.

star 7.49
1,583 votes
Writers: Pat Charles
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