The BEST Episodes of Black Lightning

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 23, 2019

Network: The CW

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.

The Book of the Apocalypse: Chapter Two: The Omega

#1 - The Book of the Apocalypse: Chapter Two: The Omega

Season 2 - Episode 16

In the Season 2 finale, Lynn goes head to head with Dr. Jace once and for all. Meanwhile, Gambi risks his life to save Jennifer. Lastly, Tobias makes a major move to cripple Freeland and kill Black Lightning, requiring the superhero family to step up like never before.

star 7.87
476 votes
Directors: Salim Akil
Writers: Charles D. Holland
Black Jesus: The Book of Crucifixion

#2 - 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 7.85
1,100 votes
Directors: Michael Schultz
Writers: Melora Rivera
The Book of Occupation: Chapter Three

#3 - The Book of Occupation: Chapter Three

Season 3 - Episode 3

When Lynn learns that Jefferson brokered a deal with Agent Odell without consulting her first, it begins to put a strain on their relationship. Meanwhile, Anissa and Grace have an emotional encounter.

star 7.79
127 votes
Directors: Benny Boom
Writers: Pat Charles
The Resurrection and the Light: The Book of Pain

#4 - 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 7.78
1,072 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: Jan Nash, Adam Giaudrone
Shadow of Death: The Book of War

#5 - 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 7.77
1,056 votes
Directors: Salim Akil
Writers: Charles D. Holland
The Book of Occupation: Chapter One

#6 - The Book of Occupation: Chapter One

Season 3 - Episode 1

We find Jefferson Pierce like never before, in the hands of the ASA with his wife Lynn as Agent Odell tightens his grip on the Pierce family, leaving Jennifer abandoned and Freeland without Black Lightning and Thunder. But Anissa secretly defies Odell in her alter ego as Blackbird with the able tactical and technical support of Gambi.

star 7.76
364 votes
Directors: Salim Akil
Writers: Salim Akil
The Book of Revelation

#7 - 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 7.74
1,233 votes
Directors: Tanya Hamilton
Writers: Jan Nash
The Book of Occupation: Chapter Two

#8 - The Book of Occupation: Chapter Two

Season 3 - Episode 2

With Freeland under full-blown occupation, the Pierce family gets pulled in different directions. Jefferson and Lynn find themselves at odds with each other. Meanwhile, Anissa rebels as Blackbird while Jennifer feels powerless despite having powers.

star 7.74
286 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: Charles Holland
The Book of Blood: Chapter Three: The Sange

#9 - 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 7.71
567 votes
Directors: Eric Laneuville
Writers: Keli Goff
Sins of the Father: The Book of Redemption

#10 - 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 7.70
1,125 votes
Directors: Eric Laneuville
Writers: Pat Charles
The Book of Secrets: Chapter Two: Just and Unjust

#11 - The Book of Secrets: Chapter Two: Just and Unjust

Season 2 - Episode 12

When Anissa returns to work at the clinic, she meets a domestic violence victim who motivates her to take action. Meanwhile, Gambi makes a discovery.

star 7.70
502 votes
Directors: Jeffrey W. Byrd
Writers: Charles D. Holland
The Book of Rebellion: Chapter Three: Angelitos Negros

#12 - The Book of Rebellion: Chapter Three: Angelitos Negros

Season 2 - Episode 10

Still on the run, Jennifer and Khalil succumb to their feelings for one another and begin planning their future together. Meanwhile, Jefferson approaches Henderson with a favor.

star 7.69
511 votes
Directors: Salim Akil
Writers: Jan Nash, J. Allen Brown
The Resurrection

#13 - 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
2,348 votes
Directors: Salim Akil
Writers: Salim Akil
The Book of Secrets: Chapter One: Prodigal Son

#14 - The Book of Secrets: Chapter One: Prodigal Son

Season 2 - Episode 11

Jefferson suspects that Tobias is behind a recent malicious attack. He brings this news to Henderson but doesn't get the answer he was looking for. Meanwhile, Lynn is confronted by her past.

star 7.68
499 votes
Directors: Rob Hardy
Writers: Pat Charles
The Book of Secrets: Chapter Three: Pillar of Fire

#15 - The Book of Secrets: Chapter Three: Pillar of Fire

Season 2 - Episode 13

Lynn works on two of the pod kids in a segregated safe room. Meanwhile, Jennifer plots revenge and Jefferson receives some interesting news. Lastly, Anissa makes a shocking discovery.

star 7.66
475 votes
Directors: Robert Townsend
Writers: Lamont Magee
The Book of Secrets: Chapter Four: Original Sin

#16 - The Book of Secrets: Chapter Four: Original Sin

Season 2 - Episode 14

Looking for answers, a worried Anissa sets out to find Grace.

star 7.66
473 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: Pat Charles, Keli Goff
Three Sevens: The Book of Thunder

#17 - 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
1,406 votes
Directors: Benny Boom
Writers: Charles Holland
The Book of Consequences: Chapter Two: Black Jesus Blues

#18 - 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, Khalil pays a visit to Jennifer in hopes of mending things. Meanwhile, Tobias continues to enact his plan.

star 7.62
711 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: Charles Holland
The Book of Rebellion: Chapter Two: Gift of the Magi

#19 - The Book of Rebellion: Chapter Two: Gift of the Magi

Season 2 - Episode 9

Jennifer separately tries to save a feverish Khalil after their narrow escape. Jefferson, Lynn and Anissa work on tracking down the pair.

star 7.62
506 votes
Directors: Benny Boom
Writers: Adam Giaudrone
The Book of Blood: Chapter Two: The Perdi

#20 - 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 7.62
579 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: Pat Charles
The Book of the Apocalypse: Chapter One: The Alpha

#21 - The Book of the Apocalypse: Chapter One: The Alpha

Season 2 - Episode 15

Lynn counsels former pod kid, Wendy, in how to live in a world that's new to her, but the fate of the other pod kids remains in doubt. Meanwhile, Anissa figures out Grace's secret. Lastly, Jefferson tries to install a superhero code for his metahuman offspring, but Jennifer insists on taking revenge on Tobias for her boyfriend's death.

star 7.61
477 votes
Directors: Salim Akil
Writers: Jan Nash
The Book of Rebellion: Chapter One: Exodus

#22 - 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 7.60
533 votes
Writers: Jake Waller
The Book of Little Black Lies

#23 - 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 7.60
1,143 votes
Directors: Tawnia McKernan
Writers: Keli Goff
The Book of Consequences: Chapter Four: Translucent Freak

#24 - 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 7.59
619 votes
Writers: Adam Giaudrone
The Book of Consequences: Chapter Three: Master Lowry

#25 - 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 7.56
662 votes
Directors: Rose Troche
Writers: Jan Nash