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The first season of Black Lightning premiered on The CW on January 16, 2018, and concluded on April 17, 2018. It was announced on May 10, 2017.

The season aired on Tuesday nights at 9:00 p.m. following The Flash in the winter.

It arrived on DVD and Blu-ray on June 26, 2018.


Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a New Orleans neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to 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. However, after too many nights with his life on the line, and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left his Super Hero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad. Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn (Christine Adams), suffered. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns — to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community.


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Recurring cast


No. in series No. in season Episode title Written by Directed by Original airdate
1 1 "The Resurrection" Salim Akil Salim Akil January 16, 2018
2 2 "LaWanda: The Book of Hope" Salim Akil Oz Scott January 23, 2018
3 3 "LaWanda: The Book of Burial" Jan Nash Mark Tonderai January 30, 2018
4 4 "Black Jesus" Pat Charles Michael Schultz February 6, 2018
5 5 "And Then the Devil Brought the Plague: The Book of Green Light" Adam Giaudrone Rose Troche February 13, 2018
6 6 "Three Sevens: The Book of Thunder" Charles Holland Benny Boom February 27, 2018
7 7 "Equinox: The Book of Fate" Lamont Magee Billy Woodruff March 6, 2018
8 8 "The Book of Revelations" Jan Nash Tanya Hamilton March 13, 2018
9 9 "The Book of Little Black Lies" Keli Goff Tawnia McKernan March 20, 2018
10 10 "Sins of the Father: The Book of Redemption" Pat Charles Eric Laneuville March 27, 2018
11 11 "Black Jesus: The Book of Crucifixion" Melora Rivera Michael Schultz April 3, 2018
12 12 "The Resurrection and the Light: The Book of Pain" Jan Nash & Adam Giaudrone Oz Scott April 10, 2018
13 13 "Shadow of Death: The Book of War" Charles Holland Salim Akil April 17, 2018



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