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Parents' Guide to

Black Lightning

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Electrifying DC series is a grown-up superhero tale.

TV CW Drama 2018
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 20 parent reviews

age 9+

It's actually surprisingly good

This show is kind of in the middle of everything. There's nothing wrong with it but there's also nothing amazing about it. I would say it's better than the average CW show. The acting is good, the script is fine, the plot is more or less okay. It definitely isn't as good a 97% out of a hundred (which is what rotten tomatoes thinks) but it's still really not that bad. I'd give it an 83%.
age 13+

Awesome!! Would love 8 seasons!!

I really love this show and can't get enough! It keeps me on the edge of my seat and I binge watch every season that comes out! I would love 8 seasons or more or at least a spin off with Khalil and Jennifer as a married couple.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (20 ):
Kids say (21 ):

By giving us a hero grappling with career and fatherhood as well as the criminals tearing up his town, the CW has gifted viewers with the most mature, complex superhero show to date. Cress Williams has gravitas to spare in his role as a community leader with a secret past, and his family relationships seem real and well-rounded: Jennifer and Anissa really seem like sisters, and like real, complicated women -- women who are chips off the old block and have secrets of their own. Will the TV version of Black Lightning follow the storylines of the DC comic, transforming Jennifer and Anissa into superheroes Lightning and Thunder? Only time will tell, but it seems likely.

But as good as it is when Black Lightning focuses on the Pierce family, it's even better when it adds relevant modern cultural commentary to the superheroics. Why, demands a black pundit on TV, is Black Lightning called a "vigilante" when in other communities people with superpowers (a wink to the other CW heroes in the Arrowverse?) are called "heroes"? Why can't police officers in Freeland tell the difference between Jefferson and the gang members who complicate his life? Set in a universe with racial politics that mirror current U.S. concerns, Black Lightning has extra relevance and interest for viewers who wish for a powerful guy who can zap the bad guys and magically make everything right.

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