Black Lightning Reviews & Ratings

Mondays, 9:00 PM ET on The CW

60 minutes

Based on the DC character created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden, Black Lightning centers on Jefferson Pierce. He made his choice: He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter, Jennifer hellbent 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. Cress Williams, Nefessa Williams, China Anne McClain and Christine Adams star.
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Jan 17, 2018 8:56PM EST
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Even though they stole my porn name, I'll still watch it.

Even though they stole my porn name, I'll still watch it.

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Feb 23, 2018 5:37AM EST
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Poor acting especially by black lighting and the wife, poor scripts. If they retired those two to Florida and rewrote the show for the daughter as the super hero it might be better. At least it seems like she can act a bet better.

Poor acting especially by black lighting and the wife, poor scripts. If they retired those two to Florida and rewrote the show for the daughter as the super hero it might be better. At least it seems like she can act a bet better.

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Oct 21, 2018 6:31AM EDT
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Season 1: I have to admit, this started off rough. I didn't like the show at all at first. Too preachy, too heavy-handed with its themes. I agree that there's not enough good black-focused TV in the mainstream, but that doesn't mean that viewers are too stupid to understand it and need everything spoon-fed to them.

The dialogue was hammy, the acting was wooden, the action was corny. I'm really not sure why I stuck with it other than it's availability. But I'm glad I did. So what changed? When the show begins to focus more on the daughters and less on the parents, it also stopped treating its black characters like objects to push a message and started treating them like subjects with depth and emotion. A necessary change, and one that hooked me.

Season 2: A solid start. Dialogue and focus continue from the better half of Season 1: They're still spending a lot of time with the daughters, and it's great for them to be looking at the mental and emotional toll of being superheroes. The biggest boost so far in season 2 comes from better, more detailed action scenes. The daughters are riveting, and tensions and struggles are hard-hitting. This is quickly becoming a show I have to watch the moment it releases.

Season 1: I have to admit, this started off rough. I didn't like the show at all at first. Too preachy, too heavy-handed with its themes. I agree that there's not enough good black-focused TV in the mainstream, but that doesn't mean that viewers are too stupid to understand it and need everything spoon-fed to them.

The dialogue was hammy, the acting was wooden, the action was corny. I'm really not sure why I stuck with it other than it's availability. But I'm glad I did. So what changed? When the show begins to focus more on the daughters and less on the parents, it also stopped treating its black characters like objects to push a message and started treating them like subjects with depth and emotion. A necessary change, and one that hooked me.

Season 2: A solid start. Dialogue and focus continue from the better half of Season 1: They're still spending a lot of time with the daughters, and it's great for them to be looking at the mental and emotional toll of being superheroes. The biggest boost so far in season 2 comes from better, more detailed action scenes. The daughters are riveting, and tensions and struggles are hard-hitting. This is quickly becoming a show I have to watch the moment it releases.

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Oct 6, 2018 6:20AM EDT
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Sometimes when I'm not the target audience, I like the show anyway. Not this time. I'm sure it's a good show, maybe even a great one. It's just not for me.

Sometimes when I'm not the target audience, I like the show anyway. Not this time. I'm sure it's a good show, maybe even a great one. It's just not for me.

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Aug 11, 2018 9:06PM EDT
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I'm glad this show was renewed, because I had a bad feeling about it. Black Lightning is a solid and dependable show. Superheroes with families are not all that common, and a superhero family is a whole other thing.
Sadly, I also found the show to be slow, and a little boring at times. Hopefully, they will have found their sea legs by season 2

MILD SPOILERS

I'm glad this show was renewed, because I had a bad feeling about it. Black Lightning is a solid and dependable show. Superheroes with families are not all that common, and a superhero family is a whole other thing.
Sadly, I also found the show to be slow, and a little boring at times. Hopefully, they will have found their sea legs by season 2

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May 15, 2018 11:18AM EDT
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Another Marvel series and its amazing

Another Marvel series and its amazing

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Apr 24, 2018 7:30PM EDT
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I really wanted to like this show...but just couldn't. Characters are one-dimensional, story not all that compelling and there are way too many cliches. Forced myself through to ep 8 and thought it was finally going to get better, but no.....it reverted back to the same old cliches. I struggled to get through the last few eps. Disappointing.

I really wanted to like this show...but just couldn't. Characters are one-dimensional, story not all that compelling and there are way too many cliches. Forced myself through to ep 8 and thought it was finally going to get better, but no.....it reverted back to the same old cliches. I struggled to get through the last few eps. Disappointing.

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Apr 6, 2018 2:44AM EDT
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A black super hero family? Yes, please!

A black super hero family? Yes, please!

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Mar 24, 2018 1:38PM EDT
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S1: I will continue to watch because I like super hero shows. But among the marvel ones, this is my least favorite. Don't have a reason, other than sick and tired of drug lords and the sound track is annoying if it counts.

S1: I will continue to watch because I like super hero shows. But among the marvel ones, this is my least favorite. Don't have a reason, other than sick and tired of drug lords and the sound track is annoying if it counts.

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Feb 16, 2018 5:14AM EST
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loved it! so cool!

loved it! so cool!