Series overview
Season 1234

The first season of Black Lightning premiered on January 16, 2018 on The CW and concluded on April 17, 2018. The season consisted of 13 episodes.



Main cast

Recurring cast


# Episode name Directed by Story by Teleplay by Original airdate
1 "The Resurrection" Salim Akil January 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.
2 "Lawanda: The Book of Hope" Oz Scott Charles D. Holland Salim Akil January 23, 2018
As the community struggles with the violence surrounding them, a glimmer of hope appears: Is Black Lightning back? Lynn Stewart, noticing the changes in the community, is also left wondering. While Jefferson Pierce struggles with his decision, Gambi urges him to take up the mantle once more and return to life as Black Lightning. Anissa and Jennifer try to deal with the aftermath of their jolting experience.
3 "Lawanda: The Book of Burial" Mark Tonderai Jan Nash January 30, 2018
As Jefferson Pierce tries to determine if the community can survive without the help of Black Lightning, Anissa starts to come into her own. Meanwhile, Jefferson and Lynn try and figure out their new dynamic. Finally, Jennifer reveals to her parents that she has been grappling with something big.
4 "Black Jesus" Michael Schultz Pat Charles February 6, 2018
Black Lightning is recruited to rally against The 100 gang. Anissa investigates the new drug hitting the streets. Meanwhile, familiar faces begin to reappear.
5 "And Then the Devil Brought the Plague: The Book of Green Light" Adam Giaudrone Rose Troche February 13, 2018
An unexpected phone call unearths the long-buried need for Jefferson to investigate the murder of his father. Meanwhile, Annisa wrestles with the fact that her actions have dire consequences. Lastly, Jennifer learns the importance of controlling her temper – in all situations.
6 "Three Sevens: The Book of Thunder" Benny Boom Charles D. Holland February 27, 2018
Jefferson is on the hunt for his father’s killer, while Anissa uses her new powers to rectify a wrong after a protest fails. Jennifer grapples with some difficult choices. Elsewhere, Gambi begs for help from Lynn.
7 "Equinox: The Book of Fate" Bille Woodruff Lamont Magee March 6, 2018
Black Lightning’s pursuit for Tobias continues. Anissa continues to find herself in the new normal.
8 "The Book of Revelations" Tanya Hamilton Jan Nash March 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.
9 "The Book of Little Black Lies" Tawnia McKiernan Keli Goff March 20, 2018
In the aftermath of the latest killing, Black Lightning works to clear his name while also hunting down the person responsible for his father’s death, and anyone else involved. Tensions remain high between Black Lightning and Gambi.
10 "Sins of the Father: The Book of Redemption" Eric Laneuville Pat Charles March 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.
11 "Black Jesus: The Book of Crucifixion" Michael Schultz Melora Rivera April 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.
12 "The Resurrection and the Light: The Book of Pain" Oz Scott Jan Nash & Adam Giaudrone April 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.
13 "Shadow of Death: The Book of War" Salim Akil Charles D. Holland April 17, 2018
The aftermath of the showdown with Black Lightning leaves everyone reeling. Meanwhile, Tobias gathers his forces.


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