The BEST Episodes of Black Lightning

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 16, 2020

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 War: Chapter Three: Liberation

#1 - The Book of War: Chapter Three: Liberation

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 9, 2020

Black Lightning faces off against Gravedigger.

star 7.85
366 votes
Directors: Salim Akil
Writers: Charles D. Holland
The Book of the Apocalypse: Chapter Two: The Omega

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

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 18, 2019

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 7.84
546 votes
Directors: Salim Akil
Writers: Charles D. Holland
Black Jesus: The Book of Crucifixion

#3 - Black Jesus: The Book of Crucifixion

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Apr 3, 2018

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 7.82
1,186 votes
Directors: Michael Schultz
Writers: Melora Rivera
The Book of Markovia: Chapter Four: Grab the Strap

#4 - The Book of Markovia: Chapter Four: Grab the Strap

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 10, 2020

Black Lightning and his team descend upon Markovia on a mission to rescue Lynn who finds herself in even more trouble when she meets Gravedigger, a metahuman on the Markovian side.

star 7.76
374 votes
Directors: Salim Akil
Writers: Asheleigh Conley, Charles Holland
The Resurrection and the Light: The Book of Pain

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

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 10, 2018

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 7.76
1,161 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: Adam Giaudrone, Jan Nash
The Book of Resistance: Chapter Three: The Battle of Franklin Terrace

#6 - The Book of Resistance: Chapter Three: The Battle of Franklin Terrace

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 2, 2019

Black Lightning goes up against the ASA. Meanwhile, Tobias continues to manipulate Lynn.

star 7.75
415 votes
Directors: Neema Barnette
Writers: Jake Waller
Shadow of Death: The Book of War

#7 - Shadow of Death: The Book of War

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 17, 2018

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

star 7.74
1,140 votes
Directors: Salim Akil
Writers: Charles D. Holland
The Book of Revelation

#8 - The Book of Revelation

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 13, 2018

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 7.71
1,327 votes
Directors: Tanya Hamilton
Writers: Jan Nash
The Book of Markovia: Chapter Three: Motherless ID

#9 - The Book of Markovia: Chapter Three: Motherless ID

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 3, 2020

Jefferson and Anissa join forces with the ASA to help one of their own. Meanwhile, Lynn is forced to continue battling her demons.

star 7.71
382 votes
Directors: Bille Woodruff
Writers: Adam Giaudrone, Lynelle White
The Book of Occupation: Chapter Four: Lynn's Ouroboros

#10 - The Book of Occupation: Chapter Four: Lynn's Ouroboros

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 28, 2019

Jefferson faces new challenges due to the shocking state of Freeland. Lynn finds herself under intense pressure as she desperately tries to find a solution to the continuing crisis in Freeland. Meanwhile, Anissa continues her work at the clinic. Lastly, Jennifer finds her confidence shaken.

star 7.71
463 votes
Directors: Mary Lou Belli
Writers: Adam Giaudrone
The Book of Resistance: Chapter Four: Earth Crisis

#11 - The Book of Resistance: Chapter Four: Earth Crisis

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 9, 2019

The Pierce family fears for Jennifer's life.

star 7.71
435 votes
Directors: Tasha Smith
Writers: Lamont Magee
The Book of Resistance: Chapter Two: Henderson's Opus

#12 - The Book of Resistance: Chapter Two: Henderson's Opus

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 25, 2019

Anissa and Jefferson have a heart-to-heart and she tells him she needs Black Lightning's help in escorting meta refugees out of the perimeter; Gambi implores Lynn to help get him access to the pit; Jennifer grows closer to Brandon.

star 7.71
422 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: Lynelle White
The Book of Occupation: Chapter Five: Requiem for Tavon

#13 - The Book of Occupation: Chapter Five: Requiem for Tavon

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 11, 2019

Jefferson struggles with the effects on his family, leading to a decision with tragic consequences. Meanwhile, Anissa’s identity is threatened. Lastly, Agent Odell takes an important step toward winning over Jennifer.

star 7.70
470 votes
Directors: Robert Townsend
Writers: Brusta Brown, John Mitchell Todd
The Book of War: Chapter Two: Freedom Ain't Free

#14 - The Book of War: Chapter Two: Freedom Ain't Free

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 2, 2020

After learning that Gravedigger and the Markovians are coming to attack Freeland, the Pierce family prepares for war.

star 7.70
355 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: Pat Charles
Sins of the Father: The Book of Redemption

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

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 27, 2018

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 7.69
1,187 votes
Directors: Eric Laneuville
Writers: Pat Charles
The Book of Rebellion: Chapter Three: Angelitos Negros

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

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 21, 2019

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 7.68
564 votes
Directors: Salim Akil
Writers: J. Allen Brown, Jan Nash
The Book of Blood: Chapter Three: The Sange

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

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 27, 2018

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 7.68
623 votes
Directors: Eric Laneuville
Writers: Keli Goff
The Book of Secrets: Chapter Two: Just and Unjust

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

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 4, 2019

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 7.67
561 votes
Directors: Jeffrey W. Byrd
Writers: Charles D. Holland
The Book of Secrets: Chapter Four: Original Sin

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

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Mar 4, 2019

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

star 7.65
537 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: Keli Goff, Pat Charles
The Resurrection

#20 - The Resurrection

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 16, 2018

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 7.65
2,485 votes
Directors: Salim Akil
Writers: Salim Akil
The Book of Secrets: Chapter One: Prodigal Son

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

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 28, 2019

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 7.65
558 votes
Directors: Rob Hardy
Writers: Pat Charles
The Book of War: Chapter One: Homecoming

#22 - The Book of War: Chapter One: Homecoming

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 24, 2020

As the battle continues, old alliances are revisited and new alliances forged.

star 7.64
370 votes
Directors: Benny Boom
Writers: Brusta Brown, John Mitchell Todd
The Book of Occupation: Chapter One: Birth of a Blackbird

#23 - The Book of Occupation: Chapter One: Birth of a Blackbird

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 7, 2019

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 7.64
573 votes
Directors: Salim Akil
Writers: Salim Akil
The Book of Markovia: Chapter One: Blessings and Curses Reborn

#24 - The Book of Markovia: Chapter One: Blessings and Curses Reborn

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 20, 2020

Jefferson navigates his new reality following the events of the Red Wave, and Lynn’s determination to save the meta kids deepens her troubles. Meanwhile, Anissa/Blackbird faces new challenges. Lastly, Jennifer’s bond with Brandon begins to grow.

star 7.63
413 votes
Directors: Eric Laneuville
Writers: Jamon Allen Brown
The Book of Secrets: Chapter Three: Pillar of Fire

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

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 11, 2019

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 7.63
536 votes
Directors: Robert Townsend
Writers: Lamont Magee