Action, Drama, Science-Fiction
Jefferson Pierce 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.
Aired 3 months ago - Mar 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.
♪ When the real hold you down
You supposed to drown right? ♪
No, Dad. I was supposed to tell
you and I didn't. And I'm sorry.
Since Black Lightning
lit up the warehouse,
that were supposed to make black
folks in neighborhoods like Freeland
No, it doesn't make it
okay, but, Dad, he saved you
Look, it only lasted a second,
I'm gonna need you to
front me two million in coke
Yeah, I just need you to stay home.
Go ahead, quit.
The ASA made Green Light to replicate
[CHUCKLES] Of course, he has.
- [BOTH LAUGH]
What you think doesn't matter.
not the one Anissa,
or me, or your mother,
I'm sorry, Black Lightning,
but you worth a lot of money.
- Yeah, like, that's gonna happen.
- You owe me.
[GASPING AND COUGHING]
- The machine's malfunctioning.
- [ANISSA] That's weird.
[CHUCKLES] Good. That's good.
Okay, now I want you to read aloud the
words under "student," all right?
even though we asked nice. [GRUNTS]
[LALA] Green Light only has one supplier.
You must be crazy if you think
Y'all got two weeks
to move those packages.
Aired 3 months ago - Mar 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.
when you first told me
about the phone, and...
Put me down! Put me down!
Put me down!
- Oh, my god.
- Look, honey, honey, let me explain...
No, I think I have
a pretty good idea.
distract me from my mission.
Okay, now, my father was clearly
getting close to something.
I know the both of you
are worried about me,
I can't know what
you're going through.
And I only remember because it
wasn't a small amount of money.
- We're close.
- I have a family.
- Me, too.
Dad, you're the one who said it wasn't
safe to use our superhero look,
your wife's birthday, and all of
your social security numbers.
Yeah, well, "normal" is overrated.
What do you mean, it's nothing?
You're watching something.
He's not permitted to refer anyone.
You give me that name and address,
I lose your name and address.
This is good.
A scout? A scout for who?
Black Lightning's the only one
who can expose what's been done
Now, Anissa, you need to know...
But you need to know,
that being a parent,
but we did know he didn't inherit them.
So why would you?
If he didn't have powers, you
two would still be together.
We need to move the lab tonight.
Get the last batch out."
No, I got to. This is bad.
I can feel it.
We got body armor,
so headshots to finish.
Aired 3 months ago - Mar 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.
You have to see into the
shadows, look around corners,
Kill that noise. Kill that noise.
Yeah, like, you were in jail or...
He was a nuisance, now he's a
danger to me, to you, to the ASA.
When Black Lightning returned,
And there's no code that
says a mother can't know
You know Anissa's problem,
it's the same as it always is.
They've been acting really
weird, at least around me.
Can I hang up posters
with Kiesha at the school?
I heard a rumor that there's a big
All right, Gambi, you seeing this?
- because you weren't vigilant.
Well, how would you do
that in something portable?
Well, I'm here for a report on
something I dropped off a few days ago.
These guys made a real
mess. It could take...
Send it to me.
You do understand they'll
know where you live, right?
Yes, let's go then.
Besides, I can take care of myself, too.
then maybe we can find
out who's behind all this.
♪ Tune my heart To sing Thy grace ♪
Do you believe it's true?
So, once you realized you had powers,
Wait, hold on. It should
be right around here.
I mean, was carrying a tin can
attached to a string too bulky?
You never talk about
your life before Freeland.
Okay, I've finally realized the
most important part of a stakeout.
and then I failed to anticipate
danger and almost get myself killed.
Just... go talk to Gambi.
I know, baby. I know.
All these years...
Aired 3 months ago - Mar 06, 2018
Black Lightning’s pursuit for Tobias continues. Anissa continues to find herself in the new normal.
anything about a six-foot
albino in Freeland?
That's just it.
Come on, now, Jeff.
What if someone figured out
that I was Black Lightning
At this point, we
can't rule anything out.
Okay, Anissa has powers now.
Come on, use your head, man.
This is your future. I got mine.
I haven't heard of anyone
like that in Freeland,
[KNOCKING ON DOOR]
It was selfish and reckless
to give that box to your mother
He's about to open a night
club, for God's sakes.
So everything is normal? I'm just
making all this up in my head?
You know, protecting is what
the Pierce family does best.
I hope everything's great with
you, and I'll talk to you soon. Bye.
When he put on that suit
and walked out the door,
everybody gets a happy ending but you.
♪ Militant Michael Might go psycho ♪
♪ And you still Ain't believe
me So here we go, RTJ3 ♪
Yeah, of course I remember.
Okay, what happened to "Powers
are the drug that destroys lives"?
but I do believe you
care about Jefferson,
so even when you're not bulletproof,
you'll still be bulletproof.
Whether it was Jen or someone
being bullied on the playground,
♪ Will it all run out? ♪
♪ Thinking about Giving up on love ♪
Aired 4 months ago - Feb 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.
I mean, something's wrong with his head. He looked half-dead.
Your powers turbo-charged your recovery system.
♪ you need to dig deeper you can thank me later ♪
Come with me.
Gray matter should be dark, but it's lit up like a Christmas tree.
Glorifying a national traitor.
Look, I love you.
Mitochondria provide energy in human cells.
And, with Khalil, that can't happen the way you saw it.
You sure there's no pain now?
A vengeful son is a far cry from a hero seeking justice for freeland.
There is no "why," Jefferson.
I'm concerned that Jefferson is on the verge of crossing a line.
You and Jeff chose this, not me.
I'm so done.
I just know you didn't like being the mistress.
Your whole body just screamed like it did when you were a three-year-old.
He never gives his name, but he has my home address.
Or you can stay under his thumb.
That sometimes when one black person gets ahead,
But it's the Khalil comments that bother you?
Ugh. My goodness.
If it weren't for you, I wouldn't have gone to that march
I'm calling because I need to tell you...
I had some real talk with anissa and I've been thinking.
No broken bones, but she has a concussion
Aired 4 months ago - Feb 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.
Next time, try using a Taser first.
and I've been connecting the dots.
Bruh, that's what I'm trying
to tell you, it ain't used.
Yeah, I'm good.
not know that Joey Toledo was back?
Could this be Black Lightning related?
You'll get there.
What... what, you got something
you want to say, huh?
I apologize if I offended
you, but I didn't mean to...
Now, I don't know what
did or didn't happen,
Thank you, Lynn, and Mr.
Pierce, thank you.
Jeff, this is not a good thing.
Now go and don't come back.
Your parenting skills.
Your back is broken, Eldridge.
I'm sure if you find out,
No, I got my own hoodies.
Our family doesn't communicate that way.
fighting should never be about
adding fuel to the fire,
All this ass. I'm gonna need
something that really fits.
Take the suit off, Jefferson.
and sell it as "magic" dust.
you can't be afraid of dead rats.
Aired 4 months ago - Feb 06, 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.
then Reverend Holt and Khalil get shot,
and, when we rewarded
you with The One Hundred,
when nobody else could. It's...
it's like you lied on your resume.
Well, he isn't now.
and he just got acceptance
letters from four colleges.
Tell the board that it's my
decision and my decision alone.
number one rule of being a drug dealer,
Yeah. Yeah. This is easy.
I know you will.
My boss put the body from
the river in the crematorium.
Khalil has nurses 24/7.
Impossible is more like it.
Mr. and Mrs. Henderson,
have a good night.
Who's the bitch now?
Oh, come on, J, you too boujie
to be down here by accident.
Yeah. Hey, look, tell Lynn and
everybody else I said what's up.
Yeah, black kids OD-ing
has never been newsworthy.
I won't call the cops if you
tell me what I need to know,
So, Joan Lincoln wants to interview me.
We're also recommending that Mr...
They wanna take control of
the disciplinary process,
And if you need my help
with anything, I'm here.
I mean, no street
gang is this organized.
Khalil was a two-time
state champion sprinter
Tell them I'll do it.
I just used to be able to handle
the collateral damage a lot better.
- What's the address?
- 367, 34th Street.
Aired 5 months ago - Jan 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.
So that we can take back our community,
because we damn sure
can't put our trust in you.
And, quite frankly, I'm surprised
that you, as a parent and an educator,
Never has been.
Yeah. But she knew it was possible.
What if you're wrong
about Black Lightning?
I've been able to decrease the
resistance within the suit's circuitry,
Unless you want me to throw
that bag at Black Lightning,
He's planning a march.
I don't mind people believing in God.
Really, I am. I'm... I'm really sorry.
I'm sorry. Do you need
me to get out of your way?
I don't really have a thing.
So, even if I break into the
PD's computers and alter it,
Family dinners will be
an intermittent priority.
Family dinner is optional?
And glad that you felt comfortable.
but I'll be home by curfew.
I think it's easier if one
of us follows up with her.
You know, I was thinking since you're
You seem reluctant to pick it up.
Another day and another young man
All right, good night,
Miss Black Lives Matter.
It's not easy to kill
someone in cold blood.
That's why I hate these
Well, despite public
support, uh, the police
Hey, I guess, deep down, I always knew
Aired 5 months ago - Jan 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.
I feel really selfish.
- I should go.
- Uh, wait. Wait.
hopes and the dreams of our children.
They opened back up for business the
day after all this mess went down.
we are no longer in control,
then they won't fear us.
After that, our lives just fell apart.
- Yeah, look, LaWanda...
Your girls say he was
there. He says he wasn't.
Matter of fact, if I was you,
- That was so corny.
We've been dating a year and
you haven't met my parents,
It all feels like a
dream or a nightmare.
Probably just some old-ass porcelain
sink that was gonna break anyway.
Jennifer's upstairs, asleep.
Will, Lala, we'll get 'em.
I promise you, I will
get your daughter back.
I ain't taking my eyes off this place,
I mean, you saw Black Lightning?
And, you know, I realized... [SIGHS]
- So, she's happy.
Well, there's one, uh,
fact that I lean on.
And it hurts, and I
understand. I feel it, too...
A blessing from God.
- Thank you, Kara. I appreciate it.
- [CELL PHONE BUZZING]
[JENNIFER AND KIESHA LAUGHING]
father in jail, Mama working
her damn ass off just to provide.
He was in a war to save
this city and its people,
LaWanda is telling her
story from the dead, buddy.
It's over. The girls are safe.
Aired 5 months ago - Jan 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.
Don't shoot, all right?
Everybody, just calm down!
I asked you a question.
His oldest daughter, Anissa,
is a medical school student,
So why are your fast asses
in the bathroom, half naked?
Okay, come on, come on, hurry up.
♪ They said that be difficult ♪
with somebody I just met. Or ever.
But protest The One Hundred
and they will kill you.
Don't do that.
You ain't got to chase me down, Lala.
I think your girl should
start putting in some work
I tried to do it the right way.
You get your black ass on the ground.
or end up in some motel room right now,
I just won't tell you
next time. How about that?
who was probably hyped up on drugs.
You wanted the evil that's out
there to have something to fear.
And the only loser
in all of it is... me.
I can't stay here with the girls
and just watch you kill yourself.
I think we've managed
to calm ourselves down,
This speaks to your character.
No social media for a month."
I should go.
Look, if Black Lightning is back,
What are you doing?
Do you realize almost all of
these kids know someone in prison?
or some guy in a weird
and you know, I found you.
Yeah, yeah. There are
cameras all over this place.
but also the entire school.
When did you abandon your people?
Garfield is a safe zone,
right? He broke that.
It's a pleasure to meet you, too.
- Remember me?
- I'm not afraid of The One Hundred.
to say something heroically clever.