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Black Lightning: Season 1 (2018)



Critic Consensus: Black Lightning doesn't reinvent superhero TV, but it does give the genre a necessary jolt with real-world plots, scary new villains, and a star-making performance from Cress Williams.


Air date: Jan 16, 2018
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A retired superhero is drawn back into his old lifestyle when his daughter seeks to serve justice to evil-doers. Based on the DC Comics series.

Genre: Drama
Network: CW
Premiere Date: Jan 16, 2018
Executive Producers: , , ,


Cress Williams
as Jefferson Pierce
Nafessa Williams
as Anissa Pierce
China Anne McClain
as Jennifer Pierce
James Remar
as Peter Gambi
Damon Gupton
as Henderson
Marvin Jones III
as Tobias Whale
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Critic Reviews for Black Lightning: Season 1

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (17)

The earnestness of the family-values messaging is often endearing, as expressed in fleet lines and long pauses...the violence does not rank as gratuitous because, as an action show, Black Lightning very much needs it.

February 23, 2018 | Full Review…
New Yorker
Top Critic

It had that nice balance of being a super hero show, it was able to hit some current day issues, but it never got to the point of being too preachy.

February 20, 2018 | Full Review…
Black Nerd Comedy

It doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it's refreshing to see this level of positive representation in the world of superheroes - not just for the hero himself, but for his family and the community he speaks for.

February 14, 2018 | Full Review…
Consequence of Sound

... it's already managed to distinguish itself not only from the Arrowverse (which includes shows like Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl), but also from Marvel's Luke Cage, the series that's usually mentioned in the same breath.

February 13, 2018 | Full Review…
The Atlantic
Top Critic

Just when you start to think the superhero genre has squeezed every last drop of magic juice from its countless movies, TV series and spinoffs, along comes Black Lightning...

January 24, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The escapism is augmented by a sincere attempt to tap into the social tensions convulsing the United States.

January 23, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Daily Telegraph (UK)

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