The Best Episodes of Static Shock

Last Updated: Nov 26, 2018

Quick-witted Virgil Hawkins finds himself imbued with electromagnetic superpowers after being exposed to a mutagenic gas and takes on the guise of Static, an urban hero of his own creation. He confronts real problems and issues faced by today's kids, such as peer pressure, gangs and growing up in an ethnically diverse urban neighborhood. Learning to control his powers, figuring out how to patrol the skies at night and still make it home in time to study for his chemistry class, Virgil's greatest discovery becomes the real "charge" he gets in helping people and making a positive difference in his community - Dakota City. First Telecast: September 23, 2000 Last Telecast: May 22, 2004 Episodes: 52 Color episodes (52 half-hour episodes, 1 two-part episodes) Production: Warner Bros. Animation Distributors: Kids' WB For updates on Static, go to the creator's homepage at: http://www.dwaynemcduffie.com/ Character Guide Virgil Hawkins / Static Shock - Can

Army of Darkness

#1 - Army of Darkness

Season 4 - Episode 5

A new group of meta-humans is found beneath the city. This group can't be out in the sunlight, or else they will die. Can Static and Gear help save them, or has Ebon already made them his puppets?

star 8.50
4 votes
Writers: John Semper Jr.
Fallen Hero

#2 - Fallen Hero

Season 4 - Episode 4

Green Lantern (GL) goes on a crime spree, and Virgil is disappointed that one of his heroes has turned bad. While on patrol, Static and Gear run into GL and try to talk to him. When that doesn't work, they try to capture him but fail. The real GL appears in Dakota to stop the fake, who is Sinestro in disguise. Sinestro wants to ruin GL's reputation on Earth. Static and Gear manage to capture the real GL and send him to prison. Sinestro searches for GL's power ring, but GL hid it on Static and Sinestro goes looking for him. When Static finds the ring, he talks to GL and learns the truth. Static powers GL's ring so he can defeat Sinestro.

star 8.29
7 votes
Writers: UNCREDITED
No Man's an Island

#3 - No Man's an Island

Season 4 - Episode 6

Static and Hotstreak are captured and taken to a mysterious island for scientific experiments. Now they have one goal: to escape the island alive, but can their hatred for one another cause the two to work together, or is there something bigger occurring on the island?

star 8.25
4 votes
Writers: Ralph Soll
The Big Leagues

#4 - The Big Leagues

Season 2 - Episode 1

The Joker has come to Dakota and recruited a gang of metahumans. Ferrett does not want to join and is given laughing gas. Static has his first meeting with Joker's gang when they steal a fire truck. As they get away, Static finds Ferrett with a paper on him saying ""Missing You."" Static is checking up on Ferrett in the hospital when Batman and Robin show up. Static tags along with them as they follow a lead through sewers and a warehouse district. Reaching a dead end, they give up for the night. The Joker and his gang are plotting a way to get rid of Batman. The gang includes Shiv, Talon, Hotstreak and Kangor. Talon leads the three heroes into a trap. Batman and Robin get taken away, with Static stuck in the sewers. With the help of the Batplane, Static saves Batman and Robin from death and they defeat Joker. In the end, Batman thanks Static for saving him.

star 8.23
13 votes
Writers: Len Uhley
Jimmy

#5 - Jimmy

Season 2 - Episode 11

The episode starts with Richie being put into an ambulance. This is a flashback and Virgil is really in a psychiatrist's office. He is telling her how he couldn't forget something that happened. He begins the story of how he first met a kid named Jimmy. In the flashback, Virgil is late to school because of Carmendillo. When he gets there, Richie and him see Nick Connor picking on Jimmy Osgood. They feel sorry for him and later go to his house. He asks them if they want to see his dad's gun, and Virgil gets mad at him because of what happened to his mother. Jimmy later apologizes and becomes friends with Virgil and Richie. There is going to be a ""Fright Fest"" at the recreation center and lots of kids help. They create a maze inside the gym. After it is built, Jimmy overhears a conversation between Freida and Nick about how Frieda likes Jimmy. Nick sees him and chases him into the locker bay, where he shoves Jimmy into a locker. Jimmy is helped out and he runs away, crying. The next da

star 8.20
5 votes
Writers: Dwayne McDuffie
Flashback

#6 - Flashback

Season 3 - Episode 14

The city of Dakota dedicates a statue to the rescue workers who helped with the Dakota riots 5 years ago. It's this riot and her getting hit by a stray bullet that killed Virgil's mother. Ebon chases a girl named Nina and Static and Gear try to stop him. She uses her powers to encircle herself, Static and Gear and turns back time ten minutes so they escape Ebon. They take her to their headquarters where she tells them she wanted to find them so she could join them. She wants to use her powers to help people. Gear creates a timer from a remote to more accurately control Nina's powers. She gets a costume and calls herself Timezone. Static says he wants to go back to the riots and changed what happened. Timezone agrees that they should go back and help people. Just as they set the timer to go back, Ebon shows up and takes it. Static zaps both Ebon and the timer and short circuits the device. All of them take a trip back in time. They all arrive in different places and Static and G

star 8.17
6 votes
Writers: John Semper Jr.
Static in Africa

#7 - Static in Africa

Season 3 - Episode 3

Virgil and his family go on a trip to Ghana. While there Virgil calls Richie and tells him that he's closer to his heritage and doesn't feel like a minority but a person. On a train trip, a criminal called Osebo tries to steal a professors map to an ancient city of gold that is buried under a lake. A superhero named Anansi the spider stops Osebo from crashing the train, but not from taking the map. Virgil puts a tracer on Osebo and later reveals his secret identity to Anansi because they need each others help to stop Osebo. They track him at the dam that holds the man made lake and together they stop him from blowing it up. Static tells Anansi he's his hero and he has very few black heros in America.

star 8.00
6 votes
Writers: Dwayne McDuffie
Shebang

#8 - Shebang

Season 3 - Episode 4

While saving some workmen, Static and Gear get a little help from a new superhero who calls herself Shebang. Gear wants to recruit her to the team but Static says no. Daisy and Frieda introduce a new girl at school named Shenice. They have a bowling match between the boys and the girls, and thanks to Shenice, the girls are winning. When her parents show up, Shenice misses the strike, and Virgil thinks her parents wanted her to fail. Later, Hotstreak goes on a rampage again, beating Static and Gear. Shebang defeats him with no trouble, however leaves when the news reporters arrive. At home, Shenice's parents tell her she can't be the superhero Shebang, but she tells them she can't be a quiet girl and not use her powers. An agent tracking Shebang trails Static, who leads them to her. They use sleeping gas to knock out Shebang and Static, proceeding to kidnapping Shebang. Static and Gear talk to her parents and learn that they created Shenice in a lab, giving her superhuman abilities. Th

star 8.00
6 votes
Sons of the Fathers

#9 - Sons of the Fathers

Season 1 - Episode 8

Virgil wonders why Richie never invites him over to his house to hang out. Richie tries to avoid the question, but Virgil presses and Richie invites him over on a night he thinks his father will be out. Things are fine until Richie's father, Mr. Foley, shows up and starts saying derogatory comments that Virgil tries to ignore. But when Virgil overhears Mr. Foley make a racist comment, his naivete is gone. Richie argues with his father, then runs away. Mr. Foley goes to Virgil's dad to see if he knows where Richie is, and they reluctantly work together to search for him. Static finds him and says they are still friends and to go home. However, in the shadows, Ebon lurks, overhearing this and kidnaps Richie to lure Static into a trap. Robert and Mr. Foley find Richie first and try to take out Ebon and his henchman, but soon Static finds them and makes a rescue. Richie's father changes his racist attitude and tries to listen to his son now.

star 7.89
18 votes
Writers: Christopher Simmons
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Aftershock

#10 - Aftershock

Season 1 - Episode 2

Metahumans are everywhere and most of them are doing crimes. Virgil begins to fight crime as Static, but when the bully ""F-Stop"" comes back as a metahuman himself, able to control fire, Virgil tries to beat him once and for all. ""F-Stop"" renames himself Hotstreak. Virgil also learns that Alva and the Mayor were responsible for the gas that caused the mutations, but needs to prove it. He sneaks into Alva's office to get proof, but has to fight off one of Alva's henchmen to get it. Later, as he fights Hotstreak again, the disk gets destroyed with all of Alva's information on it. Static powers up and finally beats Hotstreak.

star 7.87
24 votes
Writers: Stan Berkowitz
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Toys in the Hood

#11 - Toys in the Hood

Season 3 - Episode 12

Darcy disguises herself as a school teacher at Dakota High School to get close to Daisy. Superman comes to Dakota to track down the Toyman. When Daisy is kidnaped he teams up with Static to find her. Darcy has teamed up with the Toyman to secure a new living body for herself and she promises to be with the Toyman if he helps her. Static and Superman track down the Toyman but he has already made a duplicate body of Daisy with Darcy's mind inside. Static discovers the real Daisy from the fake but she manages to escape and tries to double cross the Toyman. He tells her he put a failsafe into her system that would kill her if she betrayed him. Darcy dies and the police take Toyman to jail.

star 7.83
6 votes
Writers: John Ridley
Power Outage

#12 - Power Outage

Season 4 - Episode 13

After Kangor suddenly loses his powers, Ebon and his crew find out that it's from inhaling Dr. Todd's cure. Soon, every bang baby in Dakota (even Static and Gear) begin to revert back, but Ebon tries to stop this from happening. Ebon and his crew plan to steal what's left of the bang baby gas that was used in making the cure to stage another Big Bang before everyone's cured.

star 7.83
6 votes
Writers: John Semper Jr.
They're Playing My Song

#13 - They're Playing My Song

Season 1 - Episode 5

Rubberband Man breaks into a record company, trying to find the man who stole his hit song from him. A record executive says it was Ice Pack. Ice Pack is living off of RB Man's wealth now since he has that song. RB Man attacks Ice Pack, but is stopped by Static. RB Man defeats him and continues chasing Ice Pack. Robert makes Virgil get a job, so he applies at Burger Fool. When Freida plays Ice Pack's music, a person gets mad and walks out. While Ice Pack is signing CD's, RB Man shows up and kidnaps him, putting him on top of a spire. RB Man claims to have written the music Ice Pack raps to, but Ice Pack has no idea what he's talking about. At Burger Fool, Virgil sneaks out to go to the situation. When Ice Pack starts to fall, Static catches him. As it turns out, Ice Pack's producer was the one who ripped him off. RB Man, whose real name is Adam Evans, confronts the producer. The producer admits to it and locks him in a vault. Static shows up and figures out RB Man is stuck. Static free

star 7.81
16 votes
Writers: Dwayne McDuffie
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Frozen Out

#14 - Frozen Out

Season 2 - Episode 5

It's Christmas time and everyone is happy. Virgil is a little late to Freida's Hanukah party. Virgil looks outside and sees a power station covered in ice. He melts it and is attacked by an unknown assailant. Afterwards, a homeless girl asks him for money, but he says he does not have any. Virgil is at the mall with Daisy and he sees the girl again. The girl freaks out and trashes the mall with ice and snow. Later, Static goes into a building filled with homeless people. He finds out a little about her past. He goes to the church to talk with Reverend Anderson about her and leaves with many questions still unanswered. Staic meets up with her again and they fight. He finds out her name is Permafrost. He tries talking to her, and eventually gains her trust by saying his mom was also killed, knowing what it's like to be alone. She joins the church homeless program where she can get help. In the end, Virgil learns the true meaning of Christmas.

star 7.80
5 votes
Writers: Len Uhley
Future Shock

#15 - Future Shock

Season 4 - Episode 1

Batman, Robin and Static stop a criminal named Timecode. In the Batcave, Batman tries to secure Timecode's time machine and is caught in a time field. Static tries to save him but is caught in the field instead and sent 40 years into the future. Still in the Batcave he meets the Future Batman, Terry McGinnis, who at first thinks he's an enemy. The older Bruce Wayne appears and tells both of them to calm down and that he's been expecting Virgil since the accident. Bruce wants Static to help them with Kobra (A major criminal organization bent on ruling the world in Batman Beyond.) Seems Kobra has kidnapped the future Static and they want to trade him for their Kobra Leader. The Future Batman is reluctant to work with the younger version of Static, but goes along with it. They go undercover to meet a contact of Bruce Wayne who might have information on Kobra's current hideout. The person doesn't show up, but Virgil thinks he's found another contact instead. The false contact is a Jokerz m

star 7.80
10 votes
Writers: Stan Berkowitz
Out of Africa

#16 - Out of Africa

Season 4 - Episode 3

Sharon and Virgil help Dr. Anoyke set up a West African Exhibit at the museum. Anoyke receives a call, then hides a golden spider in Sharon's coat and tells her and Virgil to leave. On the way home, Virgil realizes he left his backpack at the museum, so he returns to get it. He sees Anoyke is being attacked by a giant bug and turns into Static to stop it. Later, Anansi appears to tell Static that his old enemy, Osebo, is after the golden spider, the source of Anansi's powers. Meanwhile, Sharon discovers the Spider in her pocket and begins testing it. She goes to Richie for help in figuring it out, and Osebo's henchman attacks Richie's house and kidnaps Sharon. Static, Gear, and Anansi track them to their hideout to regain the golden spider and free Sharon.

star 7.71
7 votes
Writers: Dwayne McDuffie
Shock to the System

#17 - Shock to the System

Season 1 - Episode 1

Virgil Hawkins is a smart, funny teen that gets beat up by gang leader Francis, who calls himself ""F-Stop."" The other gang leader, Wade, protects him a couple of times, but says he can't be there all the time for him. He wants Virgil to join his gang. Virgil duVirgil doesn't want to be part of a gang since gang gunfire killed his mother. He tells Virgil to show up at the docks and afraid to say no, he does. They give him a gun as F-Stop's gang shows up, and gang fights begin. mps the gun in the river and hides as the police arrive. As soon as the police get there, they shoot, but it hits some gas canisters, causing the canisters to leak out all over the docks and into the city. Virgil runs home and the next day, discovers he can control electricity and anything metallic. He goes over to Richie's house, his best friend, and they pick out a costume and a superhero name for Virgil. And Static Shock is born.

star 7.71
49 votes
Writers: Christopher Simmons
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Kidnapped

#18 - Kidnapped

Season 4 - Episode 12

Static's dad is kidnapped by Omnara, a woman who once worked for Edwin Alva, committed to her research of learning Static's secret identity. Although, the only thing Static can do to free his dad is to steal Omnara's old research for another project she was working on. In order for him to do that, Static has to turn his back on Gear and do whatever it takes to ensure his dad's safety, along with keeping his identity a secret to everyone else.

star 7.67
3 votes
Writers: John Semper Jr.
Blast from the Past

#19 - Blast from the Past

Season 3 - Episode 15

Sharon convinces Virgil to help her at a retirement home. He is impatient to leave, and when robots rampage downtown Dakota, Virgil has his excuse. He runs to the roof to change into Static when one of the elders, Mr. Grant, follows him and discovers his identity. Mr. Grant tells Virgil he is Soul Power, a superhero from the 1960's, and he wants to help Virgil stop those robots. Virgil reluctantly takes him along and Soul Power says his arch nemesis, Dr. Menace, created the robots so they are immune to electromagnetic powers. The robots easily defeat Static and Soul Power, but Dr. Menace says he won't kill them because he wants his old enemy to see his victory. Soul Power thinks Dr. Menace is creating a weather machine to destroy cities, and goes to an old friend to gain access to global satellites to find Menace. His friend declines and Soul Power lifts the access card to view the satellites. He takes Static to his secret base and powers up the 40 year old equipment. They locate the

star 7.67
6 votes
Writers: Adam Beechen, John Semper Jr.
The Parent Trap

#20 - The Parent Trap

Season 3 - Episode 13

Shebang returns to Dakota because she thinks her parents were kidnaped. She asks Static and Gear for help. They track down a thief who they believe is a new metahuman, but soon discover Shebang's parents helping him steal items. They learn that the metahuman is actually a former doctor that used to work with her parents. His experiments on absorbing energy go wrong transforming his body into a living rock that can absorb anything for energy. The doctor forces Shebang's parents to help him become normal again or they will be killed. A collar that can inject poison into them can be activated by remote and only the doctor knows the code to release the collars. When the cure doesn't work the doctor tries to kill the parents and then goes after Static. The doctor eventually absorbs too much and becomes immobile. Gear uses Backpack to find the code to break the locks from around Shebang's parents necks. Static announces Shebang can join the team anytime she's in Dakota.

star 7.67
3 votes
Writers: Len Uhley
Consequences

#21 - Consequences

Season 3 - Episode 9

Static stops some metahumans with Rubberband Man's help but he tells Static that he shows off too much for the crowd instead of catching the criminals. Static doesn't listen and says he doesn't need his help. While taking Daisy to a movie, Puff and Onyx rob the theater and Virgil changes into Static to stop them. He slows them down and he could have stopped them but when he sees Daisy watching him he shows off again. Puff uses her powers to bring down parts of the walls and some debris hits Daisy. Daisy winds up in the hospital with a concussion and Virgil blames himself, even though her parents and his family tell him it wasn't his fault. Angry at himself Static uses his powers to blast a junkyard. Richie wants to talk to him about Daisy, but Virgil ignores him and wants to be by himself. When he learns where Puff and Onyx usually hang out he goes to the pool hall and uses his powers to scare everyone there. He has one person pinned to the wall ready to tell everything, when R

star 7.60
5 votes
Writers: UNCREDITED
Where the Rubber Meets the Road

#22 - Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Season 4 - Episode 9

Adam takes Sharon out on a date, while Virgil and Richie play Adam's Game Station 2. At the restaurant, Adam can't read their menu. The words are all jumbled around, meaning that he has dyslexia. Meanwhile, a creature breaks into Edwin Alva's labs. It gets past security with no trouble, and comes face to face with Alva. The creature introduces itself as Tarmack, the ""living chunk of the biggest, baddest road you'll even drive on."" Its come to the labs to steal a fusion engine Alva has. Back at the date, a news report on a nearby TV shows up, explaining what's happening at Alva's labs. Adam turns into Rubberband Man, and rushes over to the labs to stop the creature. Soon after RB Man arrives, Static and Gear show up to help. Tarmack takes the fusion engine, and proceeds to run out the lab. Alva tells RB Man to press ""override"" on the computer to lock up every door so that Tarmack can't escape. Because of his dyslexia, RB Man can't tell the difference from what all the buttons say. Stati

star 7.50
4 votes
Writers: Matt Wayne
The New Kid

#23 - The New Kid

Season 1 - Episode 6

Virgil's dad and Principal agree that he is too smart to stay in Dakota High school. With the help of a scholarship, they send him to an advanced Science and Technology school, where he meets geeky bullies who turn out to be upperclassmen and his teachers. All the other students are a snore except Daisy, who is beautiful and funny, and helps Virgil with his projects. They work on a new prototype program that absorbs electricity. Virgil hands it over to his teachers who use it for a giant robot that rampages the city. The robot belongs to Edwin Alva and the school is funded by him. Alva tells the teachers the prototype had better stop Static, the bane of his existence, but Virgil and Daisy sneak in and overhear everything. The teachers see them and they run away, only to have the giant robot attack them. Virgil changes into Static and he fights off the robot he helped build, eventually defeating it by knowing its weak spot. Back at his old high school, Virgil is happy to discover that D

star 7.50
14 votes
Writers: Rodney Vaccaro
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Bent Out of Shape

#24 - Bent Out of Shape

Season 1 - Episode 10

Sharon dates a rapper who turns out to be the escaped criminal, Rubberband Man. He really does like Sharon but goes on the run. She convinces him to turn himself in, but Virgil doesn't see any good in the guy. Meanwhile, two metahuman bounty hunters want to collect on Rubberband Man and try to capture him.

star 7.40
5 votes
Writers: Dwayne McDuffie
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Hoop Squad

#25 - Hoop Squad

Season 4 - Episode 7

Virgil's dad, Robert, buys VIP tickets to the NBA All-Star game in L.A. after gathering money from doing a charity drive. Virgil and Richie walk into one of the courts where they find Karl Malone, Yao Ming, Tracy McGrady, and Steve Nash playing some ball. Just as they're introducing themselves to the popular NBA stars, chaos commences. All the plastic in the court starts to disintegrate. Static and Gear fly outside to see what's going on, and find that all the cars in the city have stopped because all their tires disintegrated. Gear learns that nanites have been doings this, and he leads Static to where this is all starting. Farther away, they find a gigantic robot tearing up the city. After not being able to stop the robot with their own powers, four superheroes in different colored costumes fly into play to help Static and Gear. A little later after the fight, the robot disappears, taking Gear with him. The new superheroes reveal their identities to Static. To Static's surprise, they

star 7.33
3 votes
Writers: Len Uhley, David Garber