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Black Lightning 

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A crusading school principal gets back into action as the original African-American electrical superhero.

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Salim Akil
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Series cast summary:
Cress Williams ...  Jefferson Pierce / ... 38 episodes, 2018-2019
China Anne McClain ...  Jennifer Pierce / ... 38 episodes, 2018-2019
Nafessa Williams ...  Anissa Pierce / ... 38 episodes, 2018-2019
Christine Adams ...  Lynn Pierce 38 episodes, 2018-2019
Marvin 'Krondon' Jones III ...  Tobias Whale 38 episodes, 2018-2019
Damon Gupton ...  Bill Henderson 38 episodes, 2018-2019
James Remar ...  Peter Gambi 38 episodes, 2018-2019
Jordan Calloway ...  Khalil Payne / ... 31 episodes, 2018-2019
Chantal Thuy ...  Grace Choi 16 episodes, 2018-2019
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Storyline

Jefferson Pierce has made his choice. He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he'll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend: Black Lightning.

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He chose family... every choice has a cost. See more »

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Action | Drama | Sci-Fi

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Lightning See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital (5.1)

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Jefferson adopts a more street-wise manner of speaking when disguised as Black Lightning. This is in keeping with the original comic books, where Black Lightning made use of 70's era slang to disguise his identity. See more »

Crazy Credits

The Warner Bros and DC Comics logos are charged with lightning. See more »

Connections

Referenced in I Be Geniusen Stuff: Black Lightning S1 (2018) See more »

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Campy, silly, and the same spotlight on black culture that you'd expect.
17 January 2018 | by jegd-847-631407See all my reviews

They take a black superhero and immediately make a story with gangs, guns, drugs, prostitution and every cliche from comic books about black heroes. It's bad story telling right out of the box. It's looking at liquor stores on every corner of poor neighborhoods and saying, "That's just how black neighborhoods are." NO. This is a man with incredible abilities, but because of the lack of knowledge by white executives & white writers; the only challenge Black Lightning will face is a school shooting. Supergirl gets to fight crazy aliens from all over the galaxy, but a black man who can shoot lightning bolts out of his hands is left to fight highschool dropouts?

The music for the show is predictable, the dialogue is undeveloped and that suit is no better than Black Lightning's old disco days. DC can't write good characters. How the hell do we have Marvel all over Netflix setting the standard but this is the best DC can muster? Change it up or it'll get dull really fast.


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